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Instant Happy: 10-Second Attitude Makeovers Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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About the Author
KAREN SALMANSOHN is a motivational speaker, designer, and best-selling author of more than twenty-five books, including Instant Happy, How to Be Happy, Dammit; Enough, Dammit; and The Bounce Back Book. She’s also an online columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Positively Positive, and AOL, and she has worked as a creative consultant and brand strategist for the likes of MTV, Nickelodeon, L’Oreal, and Avon. For more on Karen, pop on over to www.notsalmon.com.
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Want to be happy, dammit? If so, you gotta teach your old brain some new tricks and start thinking more optimistically! When you train your brain to think more positive thoughts, you’re more likely to form positive habits—which then leads you to more positive results. (And I’m positive about that!)
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to think positively. Life is full of ups and downs; it ebbs and flows. And sometimes during the tough times, we find ourselves stuck in a downward “negative-thought spiral.” All too quickly we go from thinking “this one thing sucks” to “my whole DAY sucks” to “my WHOLE LIFE sucks” to “THE WORLD SUCKS” to “DISTANT GALAXIES SUCK!”
So, what’s the solution? Instant Happy, of course! This book uses a psychological tool called pattern interrupts to stop a moving train of negative thoughts in its tracks. Each page in this book offers a different pattern interrupt—or what I refer to as a “happy-thought intervention”—designed to counteract limiting beliefs and jumpstart a new pattern of positive, productive thought.
But what’s the big deal with positivity, anyway? Well, in order to answer that question, we first have to look at what’s so wrong with negative thinking.
Neuroscientists have a biological explanation for why those downward negative-thought spirals happen in the first place. MRIs have shown that every time people think angry thoughts or imagine worst-case scenarios, they send a surge of blood flowing into the brain regions associated with depression and anger—which refuels their depression and anger in a destructive feedback loop. The sadder and angrier you become, the more your body gets flooded with troublemaking “fight or flight” neurochemicals, which shut down the more evolved neocortex part of your brain. Basically, when you’re trapped in a really negative fight-or-flight thought pattern, you’re limited to using a mere 20 percent of your brain’s thinking power. This is why during tough times you might find it very difficult to interpret events correctly, communicate feelings effectively, or think with a long-term optimistic lens.
Happily, MRIs have also shown that when people start to think happy thoughts, they send a surge of blood flowing into brain regions associated with happiness—widening their positive neural pathways and making it easier and more automatic for them to think better, calmer thoughts. Meaning? If you keep reading Instant Happy, and keep focusing on those happy thought interventions, then over time it will become easier and easier for you to think more positively!
Kind of cool, isn’t it—how you can create a happier reality simply by thinking in a happier way? Happiness truly does not come from the things you have. It comes from the thoughts you have!
So, here’s how you can use Instant Happy to boost your joy and peace of mind: Whenever you find yourself stuck in a limiting thought pattern, unstick thyself by flipping to a page, any page, in this book. What you’ll find is an inspirational flashcard—a positive, affirming statement paired with a graphic. (Oh, and about those graphics: Research has shown that when you incorporate visuals into your learning process, you are better at “recording” lessons in your permanent memory bank. So the illustrations in Instant Happy aren’t just fun to look at—they’re also an important tool that will encourage your brain to fully remember all the positive messages it is learning!) You don’t have to wait until you’re in a bad mood to read these inspirational flashcards. Make a practice of starting or ending your day by reading one of ’em—or two of ’em—or five—or twenty-seven of ’em!
As you’re first reading through Instant Happy, you may find yourself rejecting many of the positive affirmations because they conflict too much with your current, negative beliefs. Good! The inspirational flashcards that stir up the most resistance are the ones you should pay the most attention to—because they’re definitely creating a pattern interrupt. Keep rereading these in particular! And remember—even if at first you have to fake the positivity, eventually you will make the positivity. After all, repetition works, repetition works, repetition works!
It may seem hard to believe, but you think 60,000 thoughts a day. The purpose of Instant Happy is to give you the tools and the motivation to choose happy thoughts—not to waste 59,999 on negative, limited thinking. No matter how busy or stressed you think you are, you always have time for a quick pattern interrupt—think of it as a ten-second attitude makeover! My hope for you is that over time, you’ll get closer and closer to your goal of 60,000 positive thoughts a day.
More About the Author
Some popular titles: HOW TO BE HAPPY DAMMIT, ENOUGH DAMMIT, THE BOUNCE BACK BOOK, PRINCE HARMING SYNDROME, and INSTANT HAPPY.
Some popular webinars: THE DO IT PROGRAM (Turn your diet into a do it - get tools to retrain your brain so you naturally want to eat healthier. Feel and look good - for good!) THE NEVER AGAIN PROGRAM (Say never again to toxic partners. Get tools and support to heal and move on - to find a safe-feeling, supportive relationship with someone who "gets you" and wants to keep you. Toxic love stops here. Happy relationships start now!)
Karen's been a featured happiness expert on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Bill Maher's show - and is also a columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, CNN, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Match, Huffingtonpost - and then some. She's been raved about in such media entities as: The N.Y. Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, New Yorker, etc She's also an in demand keynote speaker on how to increase happiness, creativity, productivity, stick-to-itiveness, and bouncing back from hard times. She gave a TEDx talk on the topic of "Fun Is A High Performance Fuel."
Karen's also the founder of notsalmon.com - a highly popular inspirational site! She calls her site notsalmon - because everyone's always mispronouncing her last name as Salmon - saying Karen SALMON-sohn instead of SALMAN-sohn. So she's always saying NOT-SALMON. She figured it was easier for people to find her on the internet if her site were simply NOT-SALMON.com
She's also known for her viral "Inspirational Flashcard" posters - which have attracted about 350,000 fans on Facebook! She's a big believer that a "spoonful of eye candy helps the self-help medicine go down" - thereby most of her books include playful and kinetic design, which she creative directs. (Her Bounce Back Book even has a symbolic snazzy red rubber cover!)
Some quirky insider info: Karen's shared man-taming tips with Madonna. She's swapped book writing tips with Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra and Peter Guber. She's had her novel optioned by Marissa Tomei and Miramax. She's enjoyed seeing her work featured by Julian Lennon and Eminem - without her ever sending it them! Plus Jon Stewart has read and loved her writing - and specifically told her how much he loves her humor in her writing. He even committed to saying so in an official blurb: "Karen Salmansohn has the spirit and sass of a stand up comic." This makes Karen one of the few (and most likely ONLY!) inspirational authors with Jon-Stewart-approved humor!
Top Customer Reviews
You can't go wrong by adding this book to your collection.
I love that her book is on a range of topics - like self-love, love, friendship, break ups, tough times, stress, gratitude, forgiveness, career, meditation, growth - you name it! It's the type of book you want to reach for in the morning when you wake up, and at the end of the day, so you go to sleep with that peaceful, easy feeling. I love this book and highly recommend it for yourself or as a gift!
The way Karen introduces the book to describe why thinking positive is so important, helps the reader understand why they need to change the way they think and why it's so relevant.
Each picture message is not only entertaining, but inspiring. The quotes are not only filled with substance, but with a bit of the flair that Karen is famous for.
I would definitely recommend this book to people who need to have a more positive outlook on life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have it both in print and Kindle. It's that good. Hard to express the variety of ways you'll benefit by experiencing this book.Published 6 days ago by Jeff B.
This is simply a picture book with "happy" phrases. I leave it open on my desk to a new page every day; coworkers seem to enjoy reading the page of the day.Published 2 months ago by Ririi
“ What did you do today to move a little closer to a goal or dream?” one random page asks in Karen Salmansohn’s book, Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Conny
These two are just too cute! Just look at them! They're small but packed full of happy. There wasn't a better way to start my morning than to have my husband walk in with the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Bohemian Housewife
You have to follow this lady on social media! She is so inspirational! Love love love people like her who make this world a better place.Published 5 months ago by Sherylynne
A bit too simplistic for my taste. I was looking for some good info I could sink my teeth into, and this wasn't that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ojo