The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

by Catherine A. Sanderson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946885449
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 616,561
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catherine A. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor in Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Professor Sanderson’s research examines how personality and social variables influence health-related behaviors such as safer sex and disordered eating, the development of persuasive messages and interventions to prevent unhealthy behavior, and the predictors of relationship satisfaction. This research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

Professor Sanderson has published more than 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to five college textbooks, a high school health textbook, and a popular press book on parenting. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. Professor Sanderson speaks regularly to public and corporate audiences on such topics as the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, the mind-body connection, and the psychology of good and evil.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Discovering Mindset

Chapter 1: Mindset Matters

Chapter 2: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Mindset Affects Health

Chapter 3: Older Adults Are Wise, Not Forgetful: Mindset Affects Memory

Chapter 4: Secrets of Centenarians: Mindset Affects Longevity

Part 2: Understanding Mindset

Chapter 5: Are You Tigger or Eeyore: Personality Matters

Chapter 6: “Comparison Is the Thief of Joy”: Environment Matters

Chapter 7:Embrace Adversity: Trauma Matters

Part 3: Changing Mindset

Chapter 8: Change Your Behavior and Your Mindset Will Follow

Chapter 9: Nature Does the Mind and Body Good

Chapter 10: Spend Money Wisely: Take a Trip, See a Play, Go to a Game

Chapter 11: Give a Gift—to Anyone

Chapter 12: Build Relationships: All You Need Is Love




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“The research is clear: Your mindset is one of the greatest predictors of your success and well-being. With practical strategies and stories, Catherine Sanderson shows you how to apply this research at work, with your family, and in your own life.”

—Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage

“A smart and engaging exploration of the science of happiness and how we can use it on our own lives.”

—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness and professor of psychology at Harvard University

“As someone who in the past has suffered from anxiety and depression, I only wish this book had been available in those dark days . . . Professor Sanderson shares in her warm and conversational voice what really makes a difference to our mental health, from using money to save time, to planning a trip (even better than going on one), and why we should give gifts to everyone . . . Above all, this is a book that gives hope. We can change our mindset, and in doing so we really can become happier, healthier, and even live longer. Here’s to making The Positive Shift.

—Rachel Kelly, bestselling author of Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness

The Positive Shift offers a rare and valuable combination by offering deeply practical advice about what can seem an impossibly abstract problem: How can we use our big brains to increase our well-being?”

—Michael Norton, professor at Harvard Business School and coauthor of Happy Money

“Everyone seeking to live a long and successful life needs The Positive Shift ! Catherine Sanderson’s mantra that our mindsets have powerful influences on our performance—good and bad—gives us an incredible set of tools to make important changes at any stage of life. ”

—Marc E. Agronin, MD, author of The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life

“Dr. Catherine Sanderson, nationally recognized as a fabulous teacher, researcher, corporate speaker and consultant, has gifted us with a goldmine of information to reduce stress and improve our life. Using only empirically significant research findings, case histories, personal anecdotes and foibles, and self-quizzes, Professor Sanderson provides clear and compelling take-home instructions for adopting a positive mindset. Her warm and accessible writing style will definitely enable you to become happier, healthier, wiser and live longer.”

—Dr. James B. Maas, Weiss Presidential Fellow and former Professor and Chair of Psychology at Cornell University and CEO of Sleep for Success

The Positive Shift is a lucid work, drawing upon the latest scientific findings, that will enable readers to enhance their health and well-being in daily life. I especially liked Dr. Sanderson's ability to weave events from her own life into this tapestry designed to help others.”

Edward Hoffman, PhD, author of Paths to Happiness: 50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day

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