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Bogus Balance: Your Journey to Real Work/Life Bliss Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Deirdre learned in her own life and in interviews with many others who had arrived at a blissful compromise that sacrifice, choice and deciding what one really wants out of life are the keys to achieving a happy, balanced and blissful life. You can’t have it all, so you must decide on what part of “all” you need.
Life is a journey, and you can choose stress or bliss. In our electronic and digital age it becomes harder to do. That’s where choices come in. Deirdre offers her own perspective on making the right choices based on personal experience and research. Divided into three sections, the book covers I. Breaking down the bogus part, II. Building up the blissful part, and III. Battling those sneaky bliss-busters.
Maloney writes in an easy and believable style, but inside are deeply relevant principles to help you make the best choices for your individual life needs. Not only is it readable, it warrants rereading.
The book is written in a chatty, informative manner and not difficult to read. It is well organized into main topics, subtopics and detailed information with conclusions. The author has certainly done her homework on this important subject. She offers some sage suggestions and guidelines to living a more fulfilled and happy life. While it is not clear what credentials the author possesses in terms of education and background, her book is a thorough discussion of the subject. She explains her focus, the criteria she used and her approach.
The topic of “finding your bliss” sounds trite and “New Agey” but this book is anything but that. The topic is treated in a forthright manner but not so seriously that it puts the reader off. There is no magic formula or step by step approach that works for everyone but this book will guide the reader to determine *if* they need to change, it will help them set goals which are achievable. The author uses an interesting phrase “life is a messy stew.” When she encountered personal struggles to achieve work/life balance, she felt anxious, was unhappy and was becoming distant from her husband. She chose to examine and study the lives of the “blissful” people she knew and write this book about what she learned. While they did not “have it all”, they were selective in their choices of what was important to them, how they used their energy, effort and time. They defined what was important using their own criteria which is not always how society defined it.
This is a descriptive book based on qualitative questions designed by the author. It takes the approach of a study but it is *not* scientifically based because it does not use statistics or validated questionnaires/ tools. The author selected/identified the people for her study based on the characteristics she recognized they possessed: happy, fulfilled and satisfied lives. She also selected “a few from the other side”, unhappy ones, those who were not blissful, who “talked a lot about being overworked and overtired.” What conclusions did the author reach? The “blissful group” identified the following important values as the basis of their choices: their job was the right fit, they avoided/ would not work for the ‘bad boss’, they made their decisions solely on what was right for themselves regarding the importance of salary, title and personal satisfaction. In their personal lives, they chose their partner based on the “right fit” which meant unique/individual characteristics/traits, understanding each other’s roles, choosing priorities together, recognizing and expressing respect, and keeping gratitude as a top priority. The author also discusses these areas: the “blissful family”, relationships with “the others”, and one’s personal network. The concept of “accountability cop” as described makes a lot of sense. The issue called “sticky family dynamic” is touched upon with some important high lights but it is not given a thorough analysis. I really do not blame the author, it is very complex area and deserves to be the subject of another book. One section which stood out for me and was particularly well developed was titled “Those Sneaky Bliss Busters”. It included the following chapters, “The Blissful You”, “The Blissful Plan” , “Embracing the Big C [change], “Getting a Hold of that Brain of Yours”, “Tackling Your Money Issues’” and “The Science of Bliss”.
Overall, the author has achieved her objective in writing a most interesting and helpful book. It will be a great resource and guide for anyone to make changes in their life, if they find the ideas and concepts leading to problems apply, as discussed in this book. Received book as gift with option to review. The book really makes you think about what is important in life and to examine your choices through the lens of this author’s perspective. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
That's what "Bogus Balance" is about. Through interviewing scores of men and women who have achieved personal bliss (as well as a few who haven't), Ms. Maloney has distilled what is crucial to its achievement. By presenting a number of testimonies as well as recounting her own search for bliss, the author provides a roadmap to achieving bliss in various areas of life––career, life partnership, family life, our relationships with others, and oneself. Each of the chapters ends with a "bliss builder exercise," which contains a number of questions designed to help us understand what stands in the way of bliss and how to achieve it.
The last major section of the book, "Battling those Sneaky Bliss-Busters," includes chapters dealing with money issues and counteracting negative messages your brain tells you.
This is a well-written, easy to understand book, which I highly recommend for anyone who wants to have a blissful life.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review, which I am happy to provide.
The tone may be a bit touchy/feely for some, but it's well worth reading. You will discover that you can't have it all, and that you really don't want or need to. You can develop your best career, your best set of relationships, your best hobbies and skills, all through conscious choices that lead to... well, bliss. It's a well-written and imminently useful book. And, a recommended read.
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