Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"Thank you, thankyouverymuch "

(This is Becky's youngest son Gabe, with his brain on Elvis. And his wig, askew.)

It is so fun to receive comments from those of you who've read, This is Your Brain on Joy. And as the King of Rock n' Roll would say, "Thank you. Thankyouverymuch." Here's a little sampling of responses that put a big smile in my head:

A teacher (whose mother was MY favorite teacher in 6th grade) said she was fascinated, especially, about possible implications for the field of education. As a former teacher this fires me up as well. Understanding why a kid is moody or misbehaving or struggling with attention increases teacher compassion and opens up resources for helping them cope

From a top editor, who has "read it all" -- "Becky, I just feel like EVERYBODY needs a copy of this book. Not only is it a fascinating read, it's an essential one for anyone who has ever wondered "What's going on in that head of mine?!" Dr Henslin clearly explains brain function and the integral part it plays in every area of life. What used to seem like an impossibility, to know the inner processes of our brain and how it affects why we feel and respond as we do, is now made plain. And there's even pictures! " I think it is the pictures of the brain in a varietyof mood states that first fascinated me the most as well. Why we take x rays of broken bones before setting them, but don't think of taking scans of brains in severe pain before dispensing medication, boggles the mind. Thankfully, Dr. Amen and Dr. Henslin and others like them are educating the public and the medical world

And this, from a reader who had a scan in her "golden years" (it is never too late to upsize your brain's joy) "Of course I am talking about the book at every opportunity. People in the "frozen tundra" need better understanding about the brain. Thanks to Earl I learned how injuries to the brain affect my mood. The food and drink we put in our body is important. We plan to put a book in our local Library....Thanks for the updates." Even an injury as simple as falling off of the monkey bars in third grade can cause a change in mood that lasts to adulthood. Dr. Henlsin always asks about every single possible trauma to the brain, starting from childhood . Ex-high school football players almost always have some "ding" to their head and if these dings are in certain spots, can affect their moods negatively. Thankfully, there is help!

Next up, as promised..... the rest of the Joy Diet!!

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