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The Real Happy Pill
Power Up Your Brain by Moving Your Body
There is great public interest in the brain and physical health. The book combines both fields. For example, recent research has found that physical training has antidepressive qualities, increases focus in children with ADHD.
Few books on the market discuss the revolutionary link between physical activity and the brain. The ones that exist, such as Spark (2013), are more academic and scientific narratives.
The book marries the modern science with practical how-tos, creating a readable and informative self-help book for the layman, with diagrams, anecdotes, and tips that teach readers how to exercise to develop their brains and protect themselves from health issues.
The Swedish edition has sold 52,000 copies. They sold 15,000 copies in the first three months.
The author is a physician and psychiatry specialist who has published more than 2,000 medical science articles for scientific journals and newspapers. He is the author of Prescription of Health, which has been published in nine countries.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"In an exciting and insightful way, [The Real Happy Pill] brings to the fore the science of exercise for the brain. I warmly recommend this book to those who care about their own brain or the brain of others."
--Carl Johan Sundberg, MD, PhD, professor at the Karolinska Institutet and member of the International Olympic Committees Medical Commission "A fascinating read, really motivating! As an entrepreneur, it is especially interesting to see how exercise increases our creativity."
--Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of Spotify
"One of the best of the hundreds of books I've read about the brain. When it comes to brain and exercise, Hansen's [The Real Happy Pill] and John Ratey's Spark are by far the best.
--Nils Simonson, MD, surgeon and author
"Read this book. . . . Who does not want to feel better, improve their memory and become more creative and intelligent?"
--Terese Alven, Amelia magazine
"Rarely has a book been so important for adult education and public health. Anders Hansen has a rare ability to communicate science in an easy and appetizing way."
--Minna Tunberger, Women's Health
"After reading The Real Happy Pill, I know that science has undoubtedly proven the dramatic benefits of exercise on the brain. . . . Do your brain a favor by moving your body."
--HuffPost "Popular science at its best. Easy to read and filled with surprising new research."
--Inga Gill Mosander, Aftonbladet
"An excellent book that I highly recommend."
--Karin Bojs, Dagens Nyheter