Mayo clinic’s popular health books cover topics from pregnancy and diabetes to cancer and alternative medicine. This is the Mayo Clinic’s first book focusing on the urgent health issue of stress. Dr. Amit Sood is a Mayo Clinic specialist in stress relief and resiliency training, and this book captures the successful stress-management program he developed after two decades of work with tens of thousands of patients. The program treats approximately 15,000 people each year. Dr. Sood’s program has two essential steps: the Basics and the Skills. In the Basics, readers come to understand the workings of the brain and what generates stress. Dr. Sood reveals insights about the mind’s instinctive restlessness and short-sightedness that further increase stress and anxiety. The next step is the Skills, where readers learn how to enhance awareness, develop focus, and experience the present moment with greater joy. The result is lower stress. The concepts are integrated into a practical approach tested in numerous scientific studies at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere, with consistently positive results.