The Real Happy Pill: Power Up Your Brain by Moving Your Body


Is there a foolproof way to reduce stress and anxiety while you boost your memory? Raise your IQ even as you slow down the aging process? Become more creative and train your ability to focus at the same time? The answer is simple: Move! Modern neuroscience and research has shown, more than ever, that physical exercise has extraordinary effects on our cognition.

Physical activity, more so than Sudoku or crossword puzzles, optimizes our mental abilities and health in a way unparalleled by any drug, medication, or food supplement. And exercise doesn’t just enhance your health, energy and mood levels, and cognitive abilities. You will also learn:

  • Why physical training is the best protection against dementia
  • What type of exercise can be used to treat depression as an antidepressant
  • How exercise increases the ability to focus in children, especially kids with ADHD
  • How children with good fitness can become better in math and reading comprehension
  • Why “runner’s high,” the natural chemicals released during jogging, improves your health and mood

With practical and concrete advice for the layman on how to reap these benefits, as well as neuroscientific research from the last five years broken down to accessible findings, The Real Happy Pill urges you to train your body and mind for a whole-body upgrade, and start to move!


"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 Committee´s 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

"An excellent book that I highly recommend."

—Karin Bojs, Dagens Nyheter

Product details

File Size: 4602 KB

Print Length: 248 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse; 1 edition (September 19, 2017)

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Language: English

Text-to-Speech: Enabled

X-Ray: Not Enabled

Word Wise: Enabled

Lending: Not Enabled

Screen Reader: Supported

Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#167 in Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology

#190 in Children's Learning Disorders

#100 in Exercise & Fitness For Children