I got this book after a number of Optimizers recommended that I check it out. (THANK YOU! And, one more time: If you have a book you’d like me to cover, please let us know here!)
Alex Korb is a neuroscientist in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Go Bruins!) He’s also a great writer.
As per the sub-title, the book is all about “Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time.”
Basically: The neuroscience of depression and how to reverse it. It’s REALLY good.
Inspiring. Scientifically grounded. Simple. Practical. <- A winning formula for a great book!
Dan Siegel, a leading neuropsychiatrist (and author of Mindsight) also associated with UCLA, wrote the foreword to the book. As he says, “The Upward Spiral has been a joy for me in its clarity, its cutting-edge science, and its inspiring translation of current research into practical tools for everyday life. Even though this is my field as a neuropsychiatrist, psychotherapist, and mental-health educator who focuses on the brain, I learned a ton and laughed a lot. This book is at the same time informative and fun.”
Alex walks us through eight powerful life changes that can get us on an Upward Spiral: exercise, decision making, sleep, habits, biofeedback, gratitude, social support, and professional help.
I’m excited to share some of my favorite Ideas with wisdom we can apply to our lives TODAY, so let’s jump straight in!