Review: Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better

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Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki
I was recently sent a great book (Healthy Brain, Happy Life) to review and I loved it so much, I’m actually going to review it on two of my blogs – here and Self Help Daily.

I’m actually not even sure that’s ever happened before.

What makes this book so special?

With 10 websites/blogs, I read A LOT of books and do A LOT of book reviews. Fortunately I love books to distraction and back, so I’m completely in my element. The problem is, just because you’re frequently in the company of books doesn’t always mean the books are great company.  Truth is, I’ve barely been able to finish books before and immediately thought, “Well, there’s time I’ll never get back.”

When it comes to self improvement and/or health-related books, they’re often “preachy,” self-absorbed, and… well… boring.

The cardinal sin of a book, in my opinion!

Healthy Brain, Happy Life is the sort of book I wish ALL the books I reviewed were…

  • packed with information
  • fun to read
  • filled with personality
  • inspiring
  • motivating
  • eye-opening


One of the best compliments you can ever pay an author is to ask, “When’s your next book?!” That’s exactly what I wanted to know the second I finished the book – I immediately wanted Wendy Suzuki to tell me more about the brain, more about the research she has done in her lab, and more about her… Wendy Suzuki.  Along with a goldmine of information about improving your brain’s fitness while, in turn, making your life better than you ever thought it could be, she shares pieces of her own life. When an author is brave enough to give their readers glimpses into their own lives, they inject their personality into the book and that’s when book magic happens.

Instead of just reading about the fascinating world of the brain,  Healthy Brain, Happy Life feels like you’re sitting down and having coffee with the author as she opens up a whole new world of possibilities for your brain AND world.

A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory, and cognitive abilities.

Nearing forty, Dr. Wendy Suzuki was at the pinnacle of her career. An award-winning university professor and world-renowned neuroscientist, she had tenure, her own successful research lab, prestigious awards, and international renown.

That’s when to celebrate her birthday, she booked an adventure trip that forced her to wake up to a startling reality: despite her professional success, she was overweight, lonely, and tired and knew that her life had to change.  Wendy started simply—by going to an exercise class. Eventually, she noticed an improvement in her memory, her energy levels, and her ability to work quickly and move from task to task easily. Not only did Wendy begin to get fit, but she also became sharper, had more energy, and her memory improved.  Being a neuroscientist, she wanted to know why.

What she learned transformed her body and her life. Now, it can transform yours.

Wendy discovered that there is a biological connection between exercise, mindfulness, and action. With exercise, your body feels more alive and your brain actually performs better.  Yes—you can make yourself smarter. In this fascinating book, Suzuki makes neuroscience easy to understand, interweaving her personal story with groundbreaking research, and offering practical, short exercises—4 minute Brain Hacks—to engage your mind and improve your memory, your ability to learn new skills, and function more efficiently.

Taking us on an amazing journey inside the brain as never before, Suzuki helps us unlock the keys to neuroplasticity that can change our brains, or bodies, and, ultimately, our lives.

If you’re interested in strengthening your mind and improving your overall life, while protecting your brain from dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and age-related memory loss, Healthy Brain, Happy Life is, without a doubt, the next book you need to read.  You’ll learn, first of all, how the brain actually works – which is BEYOND fascinating.  You’ll see how you can easily and enjoyably add activities to your day (such as exercise and meditation) to protect and strengthen your brain.

I know you’ll love the author’s conversational style of writing as much as I do.

It’s just an excellent read from cover to cover.

The book includes “Brain Hacks,” which I love. These are ways you can take the information presented and make it work for you.

From the Back Cover

The key to a happy life . . . is a healthy brain

From the outside, it looked like Dr. Wendy Suzuki had it all. She was a world-renowned neuroscientist. She had been lauded by her peers with many prizes and had produced many highly regarded scientific publications. She had tenure at a top-ranked university, where she also ran her own lab—two of the most difficult and highly coveted positions for any scientist to attain. And yet . . .

Wendy was forty, frumpy, and focused on her work one hundred percent of the time. She was single, overwhelmed by her responsibilities, and often found herself in uncomfortable, strained interactions with everyone around her. To put it simply, Wendy Suzuki needed to change her life.

She set out on a journey that would transform her body, her mind, and her brain. The first step was exercise and creating a regime that would make her body more fit. In the process, Wendy found herself focusing better, working smarter, and getting more accomplished in a shorter amount of time. As her body changed, her determination grew. Wendy set out to build a more vibrant social life, spark her creativity, and engage in meditation and other mindful activities—using her expertise in neuroscience to pinpoint exactly how these actions not only made her brain work better but also made her feel, well, happy. In Healthy Brain, Happy Life, Wendy Suzuki makes the ultimate mind-body-spirit connection and shows that everything she did for her body changed her brain—and her life—for the better.

Healthy Brain, Happy Life is an accessible blend of memoir and science narrative that will transform the way you think about your brain, your health, and your personal happiness. Through both groundbreaking brain research and personal stories, Wendy offers practical and fascinating ways to improve memory, engage the mind more deeply, and learn new skills that will ultimately transform your body and your life.

About the Author

Wendy Suzuki, PhD, runs an interactive research lab at New York University, where her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and is regularly interviewed in the media. She lectures nationally and internationally on her research and serves as a reviewer for many of the top neuroscience journals. She lives in New York City.

Billie Fitzpatrick has coauthored numerous books, including several New York Times bestsellers. She specializes in mind-body health, neuroscience, nutrition, and diet and fitness.

Read more about  Healthy Brain, Happy Life on Amazon.

Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki

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