Insights for a Happier Life: Shortcuts for Creating Positive Changes One Moment at a Time Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B011W12STQ
- Publisher : Fresh River Press (July 16, 2015)
- Publication date : July 16, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1550 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,183,598 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sometimes we always don't see the chances, opportunities, and changes
(both good and bad) in our lives. Sometimes we say yes when we really
don't want to or we believe that we can't. It's not us, according to the
author, it is our previous faulty programming and we can change that
with the tips in this book. (some I have learned some by trial and error).
Give this book a try.
Steven Jay Fogel, author of Insights for a Happier Life, shares his thoughts and experiences in practical, easy to understand language.
The book is divided into four parts. Part 1- Mindful Messages Personal Growth – contains 8 short lessons around personal growth. Part 2 – Expanding Your Life by Opening Yourself to New Possibilities features 8 lessons centered around changing our outlook from limited/scarcity thinking to open/abundance thinking.
Part 3 – Improving your Communication with Others. Our lives involve interacting with others. If we cannot communicate effectively, we will constantly have disharmony. There are four short essays on how to communicate better. Part 4 – contains 6 Lessons on What Makes Relationships Work. To be happy in life, we need good working relationships. These Lessons show us how to have better relationships.
Part 5 has 3 essays that deal with Mindfulness and Work. And in Part 6 Mr. Fogel gives us 3 Tools for Self-Transformation.
These lessons are real-world, practical and easy to implement. For the most part they have evolved from the authors own growth and experience. This is a very good self-help book. It is written for the average reader. There is not a lot of psychological jargon or in-depth analysis of behaviors – just straight-forward practical advice.
I was provided a review copy of this book.
I pretty much liked & was a bit overwhelmed by the same issue in this book: Mr. Fogel covers almost everything that the major self help authors & issue oriented 12 step (& other personal growth) groups have published in the last 30 or so years! (+ some very useful concepts that appear to me to be 100% the author's own).
I chose to read the book twice before writing this review. I was hoping I would retain more & have more specifics to quote. I don't. There is too much here to absorb in 2 readings!
I personally feel that the book is especially helpful for 2 types of readers:
1. Those like me who've been in the Human Potential / Personal Growth / Recovery movement for a long time & can benefit from the hundreds of reminders here;
2. Those who are new to recovery & would like a simple but thorough overview of what may work for them.
One of my frustrations (which is partially my own fault) is I came across several things that were helpful to me right now; & before I could really wrap my mind around it we're already on to another subject (Yes, I could have written things down!). That to me is the book's weakness; Mr Fogel touches on a ton of subjects; but doesn't delve very deeply into most of them. I also got the feeling that he may believe that simply becoming aware of our self defeating behaviors is sufficient to change them.
From my background of around 43 years in what used to be called the "Human Potential Movement" I've found that there is an additional step: yes, first I have to i.d. those self defeating behaviors & become willing to change them; but for me at least, I then need to identify what abuse I (& I believe most of us) suffered as a child & go back & (to use one of the author's favorite words) mindfully grieve the original incident as a way to lessen the issue's emotional power over my thoughts, feelings & the behaviors that those thoughts & feelings cause.
Again, to sum up, I do think this is an excellent overview of a TON of personal growth topics & issues; & is both a very good review & an easy to understand starting point. I hope that those who are new to recovery dig a bit deeper after reading this.
One other criticism: (this may not bother anyone but me) "Mindful" seems to be the word of the year, & if I hear it again I think I'm going to be sick!
I get the point; which is when I thoughtfully reflect rather than instantly reacting I'm likely to get a much better outcome. I agree.
On the other hand, the opposite of "Mindful" is "Mindless"; & to me one of the true opposites of Mindful is intuition, which I think is just as important in the right time & place. If you do Briggs-Meyer, I am an INFJ, & I can't imagine losing (or wanting to lose) my strong sense of intuition.
I also don't do well with trends, & the word mindful (which he uses ALOT), is awfully trendy right now.
That said, with the couple mild caveats above, I do recommend this book; I suspect I'll read it a 3rd & 4th time as there is so much information here.