Your Better Instincts: Uncover Your Inner Power to Improve Health, Happiness, and Performance (Hardcover)
Tap into your natural superpower for peak health, happiness, and performance.
After a lifetime of working and coaching in the health and fitness industry, Dr. Stacy Irvine was puzzled that no one had been able to find a solution to successfully motivate our whole population to lead healthier lives. In North America, rates of many chronic diseases are increasing, obesity is still on the rise, our consumption of processed junk food continues, we’re sleepless, and our mental health is suffering. We have all the science to understand what we need to do and clear ways to communicate it to a diverse population, but this does not seem to be enough. So, what’s the secret?
Dr. Irvine believes our instincts are our natural superpower for improving our health, happiness, and performance. In our extremely busy, highly connected lifestyles, we are ignoring our basic human instinctual patterns. These patterns are part of us from the moment we are born—think of a toddler who learns to crawl, then stand and eventually run, or our basic human need to communicate and connect. We develop our instincts as we age and as we navigate our environments. Instincts are responsible for our survival as a species, and they are the amazing attributes that separate us from machines.
Using personal reflection and scientific studies—and drawing on interviews with top performers including astronaut Chris Hadfield, Jimmy Kimmel Live animal expert Dave Salmoni, and Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee—Dr. Irvine demonstrates that our instincts are our superpower. Tapping into them in our daily lives leads to improvements in our overall health, performance, and happiness. In an increasingly technological world, relying on your better instincts is the counterintuitive way to get ahead.
“Deeply considered and personal, Dr. Stacy Irvine’s book is one of the most contemplative I’ve ever read about health and instinct, and how we can be our best selves by being ourselves.” - Dave Bidini, author and musician
“Your Better Instincts takes an idea that is as old as time and makes it new, relevant and actionable for today. This book feels like a conversation with a trusted, wise and (very) fun friend who is gently reminding us how to lead a life well lived.” - Bruce Sellery, money columnist, CBC Radio and Cityline
“A fascinating voyage into the human psyche that puts words to the things we cannot see but that move us nonetheless.” - Dr. Deborah MacNamara, author of Rest, Play, Grow and clinical counsellor
“Your Better Instincts will help you turn off the noise out there and tune in to the wisdom inside yourself.Dr. Stacy Irvine is a sage for anyone who wants to live their best life.This book will teach you to trust yourself and find your inner confidence.” - Lynda Reeves, founder, House & Home magazine
“Your Better Instincts explores an ancient concept—instinct—with a unique perspective. It allows us to better understand how we can thrive in and contribute to our planet in a positive way. When we realize that these instinctual pathways are designed with purpose, it becomes easier to find our own happiness within the journey.” - Dave Salmoni, animal trainer, television personality and producer