Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: 52 Small Changes by Brett Blumenthal

Whether as New Year’s resolutions, birthday wishes, or daily promises, most everyone vows at some point to make a major life change. But change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to better managing our wellness amidst the chaos of everyday living. Fortunately, wellness coach and award-winning writer Brett Blumenthal has devised a way to inspire and motivate her readers to live healthier and make positive changes in their lives. Although Blumenthal’s method is not a quick fix, it is a surprisingly simple one: make one small change per week, for fifty-two weeks, and at the end of a year, you’ll be happier and healthier. After all, it is the small changes that are the most realistic, instead of trying to overhaul your lifestyle all at once. 52 Small Changes addresses all areas of wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental wellness, and even the health of one’s home environment. By guiding readers through these changes at an easy, manageable pace, Blumenthal provides an engaging roadmap to lasting results and “a happier, healthier you.”

Received for review.

I was quite pleasantly surprised by this.  I thought it would be the usual rah-rah self-help book, but it turned out to be a calm, thoughtful volume filled with changes that are attainable and will genuinely change your life for the better when implemented.

The author suggests changes such as drinking more water, eating whole grains, and getting regular exercise.  Yes, we all know we should do them but somehow they seem to fall by the wayside in a busy life.  This volume provides a a path to gradual implementation that, as Kathy Freston says, has you "leaning into" the lifestyle and doesn't overwhelm.

I'd certainly recommend this to anyone looking to make a broad series of positive changes in his or her life.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Harvee said...

I remember being impressed with the book too, and especially how easy it is to follow the steps.

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