Mood Elevator Book Review by Professor M.S. Rao

March 29, 2013
Professor MS Rao

This review was passed on to us from the distinguished Professor M.S. Rao in India – he is a top leadership consultant in India and a thought leader in the leadership industry.

Here is the Review for Up the Mood Elevator: Living Life at Your Best:

What are the details of the book?
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

If you want to achieve success without stress, you read this book.  If you want to be equipped with tools and techniques to lead a peaceful and happy life, you read this book.  If you want an international authoritative resource on balancing your personal, professional and social life, you read this book.  Larry Senns’s book titled, Up The Mood Elevator: Your Guide to Success Without Stress contains 228 pages with 21 chapters including activities and information and index.  Larry hits the bull’s eye with his well punched ideas, insights and striking stories.

What is worthwhile?
Larry Senn needs no introduction.  He is Chairman and Founder of Senn Delaney a global organizational culture-shaping firm committed to having a positive impact on the world by creating thriving cultures which enhance both the spirit and performance of organizations. He has worked with dozens of Fortune 100 CEOs, governors of U.S.states, University Presidents and members of two U. S. president’s cabinets. He is passionate about people and wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Hence, you can imagine the takeaways from this book.

What is inside?
Larry shares with you some profound principles, fascinating concepts and practical tools to improve your ride on your own Mood Elevator. The Mood Elevators depicted in the book are hypothetical ones. They are based on Larry’s own experience and input from hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of people attending seminars designed or conducted by Senn Delaney.

Larry reveals when it comes to life success and satisfaction, EQ trumps IQ. The good news is that EQ can be learned, whereas IQ is fairly static.  We deal better because we are more observant when we are up the Mood elevator. We listen better, we see more and are more open to possibilities. As a result, people with higher EQ have better support systems, better networks and better relationships. They have more resources at their disposal.

Larry shares his personal and professional experience in this book. For instance, he explains his firm, Senn Delaney does with leaders and businesses around the world. It took years of trial and error in coaching leaders and leading seminars to find easy ways to help people understand the Mood Elevator and how to better ride it.

Larry emphasizes on EQ for better relationships. It appears like a biographical book and helps others learn lessons to do better.  He highlights some concepts that are very helpful and makes them easy to apply in everyday life. He lists out lots of companies which is a value addition for this book.  It is a practical guide to find meaning to your life and enjoy the journey of your life by balancing work and life.

The book contains beautiful quotes. It is written in a simple and easy to understand language.  The flow is good and natural throughout the book. Larry shares anecdotes and stories from his real life connecting with readers quickly. The entire book outlines how you elevate yourself constantly.

It is a well researched book backed with latest research findings. It helps underperformers transform into peak performers. Larry knows how to balance his personal, professional and social life. He highlights health, mind, peace, love, performance and success.  He is a fitness freak and is very passionate to elevate the moods of others and desires to make a difference in the lives of others.

What are the takeaways?
  • Self-awareness – coupled with awareness of those around us – is part of the answer to high emotional intelligence; so is living life at our best and having more success with less stress.
  • Having knowledge, skills or even a high level of intelligence does not necessarily equip us to live the most successful or fulfilling life. This is especially true in stressful situations. It’s when we may need it most that we aren’t always able to see what we must in order to make the right choices in life.
  • Worry has its own feeling too. It is usually not as intense as anger, but it can be even more unsettling.
  • We need to starve – not feed – the flames of anger.  The fuel is our escalating thoughts.
  • When life throws you a curve, you can go to angry or depressed mode or you can put your energy into what you can learn from the situation and what creative solutions might help get you of it.  This requires a curious mind.
  • To be human means there are times for joy and times for sorrow; times to laugh and times to cry; times to be confident and times to be insecure; times to be loving and times to be angry.
  • Man was meant to live life in cycles. To live life at the fullest and at our best, we need to create our own “cycles” of stretch and recover in many aspects of our lives.
  • Up to 90% of adults with depression are found to have sleep difficulties. Sleep provides time for our body and mind to recover. The mind slows, especially during deep non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. It shifts from alpha to delta waves, which are therapeutic and restful.
  • As we age, our joints and tendons contract and we become less flexible. We need to apply “stretch and recover” model to joints and tendons too. Yoga is a great way to stretch as well as quiet the mind.
  • If you want to be happier, forget the myth that achievements or acquisitions will bring happiness; instead, focus on the kinds of activities you engage in and the thoughts you feed.
  • A gratitude perspective also helps us create more success with less stress because it boosts our emotional intelligence.
  • Exercise also brings with it an intake of oxygen and deeper breathing.
  • Self-talk can also make a difference in managing moods.
  • People who have a high emotional intelligence (EQ) and are aware of their moods have better relationships.  They manage the Mood Elevator better, get along with others better and create better networks that lead to better success in life.
  • Faith and hope are often linked because faith gives one hope, and hope creates possibilities and healthier, more resourceful thinking.

What is the recommendation?
The book contains pearls of wisdom. This is a good resource for learners and leaders.  Anyone who wants to lead a balanced life, this is the best book. It is an amazing book that elevates your moods to the highest levels; and unlocks your potential to achieve all-round success in your life. I wish I had this book long ago. Enjoy reading this book to provide meaning to your life!



Reviewer Bio:
Professor M.S.Rao is an international leadership guru and an internationally recognized leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and consultant. He has 32 years of experience, and the author of 18 books including 21 Success Sutras for Leaders He has been honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by Leadership Gurus International URL:  and listed as one of the leading achievers around the world in Marquis Who’s Who in the World in 2013 (30th Pearl Anniversary Edition).  He serves as an Advisor and Board Member for several prestigious international organizations including American Institute of Business Psychology (AIOBP), USA. – The #1 internationally accredited coach training program for professional business and personal coaches. URL:   and Global Leadership Awards, Malaysia. He coined an innovative teaching tool – Meka’s Method; leadership teaching tool – 11E Leadership Grid; and new leadership tool – Soft Leadership Grid, based on his new leadership style, ‘Soft Leadership’ copyrighted with Jossey Bass. He successfully led a webinar on Soft leadership organized by International Leadership Association URL:  He is ranked as No.1 among the speakers in India as per reviews on vide link: His Amazon book URL:  and ORCID URL: You can email at  and visit his blogs  and Follow him on Twitter at @professormsrao.