Welcome to my review of How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal by Detlef Beeker One aspect of reading self-help books, whether they are in the realm of general living, or even in business and productivity, is that the subject of Gratitude and…
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Welcome to my review of Happier Human
Title: Happier Human
Author: S. J. Scott
Publication Date: February 27th, 2019
Can you really choose to be happy, make a conscious choice, that no matter what your circumstances are, you can achieve happiness? As I am pursuing this question for myself, I have come across some interesting books that also ask that same question, and are trying to provide us with answers. But does Happier Human accomplish that?
My Review of Happier Human:
The book starts out with a quick set of rules:
- Focus on what truly matters
- Disregard or at least limit the exposure to that which makes you unhappy
- Create supporting habits to achieve rule one and rule two
These rules or I would rather call them guiding posts, resonate deeply with me, and are reflected in many other books in the same subject. However, I found that making them the first focal point of the book, was an effective strategy, even if it ends up being the only most important points in the entire work.
After that strong start, the book became quite dry, reading more like a scientific exploration of the subject, rather than the practice of it. While I think it is important to dig deeper into the mechanics of happiness, overdoing it, by focusing on the technical aspects too long, made me lose interest, and it became a drag to read further. I was really not expecting – or looking for – a book on the science of emotions or happiness, rather than action steps toward a more happier life, especially considering that the book’s description promises a much more actionable volume.
Once I made it through this section, the tone thankfully changed.
There were a lot of discovery questions that easily could be used as journal-style questions, which are well thought out, as a tool for self-discovery.
Because of that, though, book seems to be more like a self-help book, assisting you to restructure your life toward your personal life goals, rather than one specifically working toward the emotion of happiness, even though it is absolutely possible that one can become at least more happy just by working through the questions laid out here – which are a lot.
As a reader, of Happier Human, you should ready to pull out a journal and be willing to do some work, otherwise, this book will lose its usefulness.
Some of the more profound questions in Happier Human are:
- What items are causing the most distraction from focusing on my vital few?
- How can I add a little more enjoyment to my working day?
- Who are the people I spend 20 percent of my time around who cause me 80 percent of my unhappiness, anger, and anxiety?
- How can I reduce the time spent with them, or even completely remove them from my life?
But don’t get me wrong, this book is NOT a journal, and not intended to be one. It is a book that asks you, however, to look at the hard questions, and choices you need to make to be lastingly happy. I am sure, however, that you will run into a few aspects you may not agree with, but that does not diminish the advice given.
My review continues below this video on happiness:
Some parts I did not like or agreed with:
- He suggests not to use affirmations. Sure, not properly utilized, such as in conjunction with other positive thinking techniques, they can be quite useless, but it is a bit too much for me to dismiss them downright in their entirety. Even Tony Robbins, uses incantations, which are a variant of affirmations, often in connection with movement or a “ritual” of some sort. One of these examples would be the pre-performance ritual he does, before each seminar he gives (if you want to have an in-depth look into how his rituals work, check out the Netflix documentary “I Am Not Your Guru”, which was quite enlightening.
- His complete dismissal of porn. While I personally do not use porn, it is not the death to relationships, or intimacy in an as clear cut of a way, as the Author makes it sound. It is such a superficial way of blaming an outside “thing” for underlying problems, just as they do with gaming, which in itself is not a problem. It can become on if there is some other issue tied to the process.
- His insistence (however only in one section of the book) that joining a worship group is superior to joining a non-religious group, such as a book club, to find a meaningful connection. That is not true, as there are many associations, communities, and groups that are formed on the basis of secular thought, or purpose, with equally profound meaning and connection.
There are a LOT of links in this book to outside resources. While I appreciate some of them, it is a little much, considering the massive amount of them in every chapter. Instead of using the links to guide me, the Author should have included that information in the book itself. The massive amount of links, made me feel overwhelmed, and I ended up ignoring all of them completely.
Happier Human is not the book that I expected, but it is nevertheless a useful self-discovery tool, that should be read with a critical mindset. Even if you do not agree with all of the information presented in the book, it is worth picking out some of the detailed journal-style questions for further exploration.
However, if you are looking for a book that focuses on how you practically can choose to be happy, you are better off finding a different work in this genre.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
About the Author
S.J. Scott has published several self-help books, including the popular Habit Stacking (which I personally preferred in content and style over this book).
In his books, S.J. provides daily action plans for every area of your life: health, fitness, work and personal relationships. Unlike other personal development guides, his content focuses on taking action. So instead of reading over-hyped strategies that rarely work in the real world, you’ll get information that can be immediately implemented.
When not writing, S.J. likes to read, exercise and explore the different parts of the world.
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Title: How to Be Your Own Genie
Author: Radleigh Valentine
Genre: Law of Attraction, New Age, Self-Help
Publication Date: November 28th, 2017
Publisher: Hay House
Welcome to my review of Law of Attraction Secrets: How To Be Your Own Genie by popular HayHouse Author, Radleigh Valentine.
Do you want a magical life? One that does not include daily worry, or constant self-doubt? So do I, which is one of the reasons why I picked up this positive self-help book and why I fell in love with it. I am always looking to find some more Law of Attraction techniques and secrets, that can help me on my journey to reaching my potential, and I want the same for you, which is why I wanted to share How To Be Your Own Genie with you today.
Now, let me tell you from the start – even though, I have mentioned this before, on this blog – this book (and any other in the self-help or Law of Attraction category) will only be as good as the actions you are willing to put in it. If you are willing to follow along – and there are plenty of lessons and exercise for you to actively participate in your transformation process – then you will indeed be able to read all of the benefits that the Author intended to share with you.
Radleigh Valentine wants all of us to have a good life, that is apparent in the tone of the writing throughout, but more importantly, is the question if he can deliver on this premise?
I believe that he did!
With actionable lessons, in each chapter, that is meant to be worked through in due time – not in a rush to get to the other end – this book turns the reader into a believer, and more importantly into a believer that is willing to do something about changing his or her life.
- It shows you techniques to become aware of your negative thinking patterns, and give you an opportunity to change them
- helps you discover what holds you back – and assist you in breaking through those patterns, and behaviors
- Introduces you to your magical helpers – yes, you do have those, you may just not be aware of them!
- and gives you tips, that even when you have already applied some of the techniques, the magic does not seem to flow right.
This is not a book about Witchcraft (so no worries for those of you who are opposed to such a topic) , however, it is a book that helps you apply some tools to make you aware that you are already living a quite magical life, and how to make it even more magical than it already is.
What I enjoyed the most about this book:
I am someone who is not looking for stories and anecdotes when reading any self-help or transformational book. I personally prefer actionable non-fiction books, and the Author has managed to keep the tone friendly and happy, while providing plenty of workable exercises, that anyone can follow along, no matter where you are on your self-help or spiritual journey. I appreciated that most of this book. I am really not a fan of fluff, and fillers, when I am looking for information!
Here is a little interview with Radleigh Valentine for you to enjoy (keep reading below the video for the rest of the review!)
While How To Be Your Own Genie talks about abundance, it does not focus on just material abundance, but the overall feeling and well being of living magically. Of course, I am always looking to increase my income (I cannot feed 2 kids and 4 animals on love alone), but this book covers the importance of paying attention to every aspect of our daily lives.
What I did not like about this book
As much as I am trying to find something that I could improve on this non-fiction book, I could not find anything. After reading it, and working through some of the exercises (I am planning on working my way through all of them, one at a time), I already felt more at peace, and more in control of my self-talk. So, in the end, I have nothing negative to say here.
I highly recommend this book!
5 out of 5 Stars
About the Author
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A strong-willed intelligent woman meets an equally strong-willed, successful alpha-male. No wonder the sparks are flying from the moment those two meet in “He’s a Brute” by Chloe Liese. If you like it hot, and steamy, but also love a well-crafted suspenseful story, then this newly released novel, might be perfect for you!
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Title: He’s a Brute
Author: Chloe Liese
(Tough Love, #1)
Publication date: May 6th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Every good scientist knows the second law of thermodynamics: the universe’s disorder, entropy, is always increasing. Professionally and personally speaking, Nairne’s familiar with the principle. After a streak of costly fame, now she’s set on saving the world, microscope in hand, and there’s no time for romance. Problem is, when a rude, despicably sexy Adonis shows up to run their board meeting, chemistry and its ensuing chaos become more than a formula—now they’re a burning hot reality.
Mafia prince. Professional footballer. Bad boy demeanor and a reputation for being as talented between the sheets as he is on the pitch. Rumors are the man’s an absolute brute. And he turns out to be just as demanding, controlling and vicious in person as he is on paper. The Law of Attraction’s proven true, as Nairne finds herself accepting Zed’s proposal: rough, wild stress release, more orgasms than she can count, and most importantly—no falling in love.
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I took a few careful steps toward her because something about her made me uneasy. From the other end of the table, she’d been lovely. A pretty face with a pouty frown. By the time I was one third the way down the conference table toward her, she was devastating. I stopped because she was affecting me plenty from twelve feet away. Long and glossy dark auburn hair. Ivory skin. Fine bones, a smattering of freckles, and a warm glow to her cheeks. Her eyes were the real showstopper, though. They were an unfairly high chroma green, like blades of grass
darkened after rain. They glittered with defiance and not a little contempt for me as she spoke.
“Understood, Mr. Salvatore. I look forward to showing you how misplaced your concern is. Until then, I’ll remember not to take such stingy optimism personally.”
No one spoke to me like that. I was Zedekiah Lazaro Salvatore, Deirdre O’Shea and Brando Salvatore’s firstborn. Boston fucking royalty, king of the soccer field, and prince of the city’s Italian criminal underworld. People kissed my ass and rolled out the red carpet. They bowed their heads and averted their eyes. Nobody gave me shit. Except Nairne MacGregor, apparently.
I dropped my grip on my jacket to hide the boner her sharp mouth gave me and feigned a smile. “You’ll excuse me.”
Waiting for her polite acknowledgment was out of the question. If I stuck around, she’d know exactly what her sass did to my body. I stormed out, knocked shoulders with someone and muttered an apology, then barreled toward the exit. I wasn’t normally clumsy—both of my professions were predicated on exceptional coordination and hyper-awareness—but I chalked it up to ninety-five percent of my blood gathering in my dick rather than my brain. Finally, I landed outside where I sucked in a breath and oriented myself.
Observing her during the meeting had been torture. Elbow on the table, jotting things down then setting her pen exactly parallel to the paper’s edge. Precise. Perfectionist. She’d listened while her wide green eyes darted between people as they spoke. Nairne was neurotically observant, cunning even. Watching her gears turning had turned me on. Big time.
She hadn’t spoken much, but when she had, I’d noted her vowels were off. She had an accent, and it wasn’t Southie. I couldn’t place it, and just like her hair that wouldn’t make up its mind between mahogany and rich red, her speech was another wrinkle in my morning. I’d never been this simultaneously annoyed and aroused.
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