The Happy Place is part poignant memoir, part self-help. It’s a quick read, but can have profound long-term effects on your life. What Gosselin does so well in her book is to take the most recent neuroscience research confirming that the brain is capable of change, tell us how she changed her own brain circuits, and then simply explains how the reader can too.
Gosselin recounts how her expectations were creating her reality and how we’re all doing that every day. Once she realized that she was programming her mind with her “words” or “feelings” every morning, she learned to correct the negative programs she was running in order to lead a more happy, healthy and fulfilling life.
Like the characters in The Chakra Diaries, she needs to revisit her past, recognize and change her “story.”
“Don’t live as if the present is the past,” she writes. Instead, check in with yourself every morning, asking “How do I feel?” Then she explains how to follow the feeling to its root – usually in childhood to the first time you felt this way. Once you become aware how your brain was “wired” early in childhood and became addicted to certain feelings, you can then choose a better feeling and change your words. Doing this every day for 28 days will rewire your brain, explains Gosselin, so it’s a good daily practice.
Taking Gosselin’s journey with her as she discovers why she is unhappy, or always feels second-best, and then dramatically changes her life by processing her own feelings, is very inspirational and can guide anyone along the same beautiful path.
The Happy Place is available in Kindle version on Amazon.com.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries