Healthy Brain, Happy Life

A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better
Narrated by: Wendy Suzuki
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brains, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide - a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory, and cognitive abilities.

Nearing 40, Dr. Wendy Suzuki was at the pinnacle of her career. An award-winning university professor and world-renowned neuroscientist, she had tenure, her own successful research lab, prestigious awards, and international renown.

That was when, to celebrate her birthday, she booked an adventure trip that forced her to wake up to a startling reality: despite her professional success, she was overweight, lonely, and tired and knew that her life had to change. Wendy started simply - by going to an exercise class. Eventually she noticed an improvement in her memory, her energy levels, and her ability to work quickly and move from task to task easily. Not only did Wendy begin to get fit, but she also became sharper; she had more energy, and her memory improved. Being a neuroscientist, she wanted to know why.

What she learned transformed her body and her life. Now it can transform yours.

Wendy discovered that there is a biological connection between exercise, mindfulness, and action. With exercise, your body feels more alive, and your brain actually performs better. Yes - you can make yourself smarter. In this fascinating book, Suzuki makes neuroscience easy to understand, interweaving her personal story with groundbreaking research and offering practical, short exercises - four-minute Brain Hacks - to engage your mind and improve your memory and your ability to learn new skills and function more efficiently.

Taking us on an amazing journey inside the brain as never before, Suzuki helps us unlock the keys to neuroplasticity that can change our brains, or bodies, and ultimately our lives.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Wendy Suzuki (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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More Personal than Scientific

Good book but felt like it was autobiography. I was expecting more science based information.

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Self-Satisfied, Self-Serving & Self-Centered

In my opinion, Dr Suzuki should not have narrated her own book. Every sentence ends with a verbal exclamation point--sort of a sing-song up beat--which quickly becomes unnerving. She sounds impossibly happy and a bit like she is talking to children. More specifically, talking down to children she thinks might not be very bright. Plus, has no-one ever told Dr Suzuki that constantly tooting your own horn, aka bragging about yourself is often considered socially unacceptable and even--rude? There are many excellent neuroscience and brain health books available on the market today. I cannot suggest wasting one minute on this book. Do check the reviews on Amazon and be sure to listen to the sample first.

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It’s just her life story

95% of the book is about her life and her past boyfriends. 5% is about exercise.

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  • 07-07-18

Great for understanding concepts

Great book for basic understanding of ideas and some practical techniques. Enjoyable and informative, not a self help guide style of book.

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I can feel her passion for her work and her life!

I really enjoyed Wendy reading her own book. You can tell she is very excited about what she has to say. I stumbled upon Wendy after googling running and health, or exercise and the brain. I was writing a paper for my Psychology class and was stuck in a rut. My mind just couldn't focus on and one topic and not one topic really actually jumped out to me as "this is it!" So I went for a run. Came back felt amazing and that was when I googled. I listened to a few different Ted Talks but when I watched Wendy's talks, I thought I NEEDED to learn more from her. Wendy has steered my passion for psychology, my love for exercise and own beliefs that exercise makes people happy intro high gear! I read this book (she read it to me) and plan to listen again to catch the things I have left out. I enjoy that she doesn't just stay on the surface of exercise and health of the brain but she dives into the physiology of brain functionality. Wendy helped me emphasize my hunch about what had changed in my brain and I earned and A on my paper! I definitely recommend this for everyone!

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  • 02-22-20

Self indulgence at best. Talks about herself mostly with very little constructive advice. Exercise and meditation is all you nee

Save your time and money. Exercise and meditation are the only useful points made in this audiobook.

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Great story and good information.

I was amazed and inspired by Suzuki. She is a wonderfully creative teacher. I truly enjoyed her book!

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neuroplasticity post-stroke

The book was a great read it open up my mind to think about the different aspects of how the brain works and improving your quality of life.

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Healthy brain happy life

Very informative and I now am starting my own physical fitness routine....I like the advice to start slow.

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Really enjoyed the book

I enjoyed the book; as a scientist and couch potato, I found the book informative.