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Habit Changers

img_0233Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals isn’t quite what I expected.

Probably (maybe unfairly) when I read mantras, I expected something very overtly Eastern in approach, maybe even with some meditation… I thought it would be good for serious self-reflection (did you hear my voice tone change, there). This would not be a light read, but something for when I was ready (or, gulp forced to) roll up my sleeves and make some changes in myself.

Well, yes. And no.

This is a helpful book for exactly that – when ther are some specific habits that you want to extinguish and replace with others.

But it’s not heavy, and it’s not dull. In fact, it’s just a delightful book full of, well, bon bons  of  wisdom and good thinking.

Instead of finding myself with (yet another) heavy, dull tome to page through, I received this sweet little book. It’s hard cover (so it will hold up to being tossed into a bag). It will fit in any bag I have, since it’s about five inches by eight inches (okay, it won’t fit into the bag designed to hold my phone plus on check card, but that’s a total unitasker anyway). It’s bright and cheerful. And it’s full of short (short!) passages to cajole and coax my recalcitrant self into the incremental (or larger) changes that I need to make in my routines.

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Each of the eighty-one entries has the same format. On the left facing page is a concept, summarized in a single sentence. On the right page is a just one or two paragraphs containing anecdotes, quotes, and reflections. The author writes these in first person, and it feels a little like a no-pressure conversation, one that’s really interesting, actually, but I’m not obliged to reply and it’s going to end quite soon, anyway.

No pressure. How about that… in a book on changing your habits.

This little tome has earned a spot on my nightstand, which is usually reserved for earrings I forgot to remove before getting in bed, my phone, and my glasses. I’m thinking, in those last few minutes while I’m waiting for the light to be put out, I can read through one of these instead of solving a Sudoku puzzle. I could solve some puzzles redirect some habits of my own.

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In case you’re wondering — there’s no need to read this book from beginning straight through. It’s organized into topical sections, which are listed in alphabetical order. Need ideas on Anger? Turn towards the front. Unhappy with how you handle Work/Life Balance? Flip towards the back. The author covers twenty-nine topics, from fear to perfectionism and everything in between.

I received a copy of Habit Changers from Blogging for Books at no cost for review purposes. Any opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.