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#The New Happiness by Matthew McKay & Jeffrey Wood– 4 stars–#NetGalley

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The New Happiness is a captivating and well-researched nonfiction read. Although this book touches on many religions, it focuses on a psychological approach to spirituality. I agreed with most of what the authors presented in this book, except for when it came to their definition of grace. As a Christian, I had a difficult time getting past the authors’ thoughts on the subject.

The book begins with an exercise, to discover your core values, and life purpose. This I found to be advantageous, since those points, are major players in becoming and staying happy. I thoroughly enjoyed learning new meditations, intentions, and exercises. My favorites from this book were, Still Mind meditation, the two Compassion meditations, and the healing Soften-Soothe-Allow- technique.

Everyone is on their own spiritual path, and this book assists the reader in deepening their spiritual walk, especially through meditation. This is not a book to read through just once, but one to ponder, experience, and then read through again.

Thank you, New Harbinger Publications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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*Meditate Your Weight*by Tiffany Cruikshank*5-Stars

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Meditate your weight is a meticulously crafted, well researched, and thought-provoking, solid 5-star read. This book is filled with facts about the mind-body connection, meditation, as well as valuable nuggets of wisdom for healthy living.

The author’s passion comes through on each page, motivating and guiding the reader throughout the book. I especially liked the mind-body connection and learning how to take a negative stress, and transform it into something that is good for my body.

Tiffany Cruikshank reveals truths, and dispels myths, for the reader about meditation and weight loss, based on scientific studies. I for one am happy to discover that it is not necessary for me to meditate thirty minutes a day, suffer through a rigid diet or do rigorous exercise, to start seeing positive results.

This book contains an inspirational 21-day program. Each day includes a three-minute meditation (or longer if you prefer), a short journal exercise and a positive message of intention for the day. And to make this handy guide complete, the author includes tips on healthy eating and some easy yoga poses. Meditate your weight is like having a mentor by your side.

I highly recommend reading this quality written book. I’m very happy I did.

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

Kindness Makes You Happy… and Happiness Makes You Kind

Silas Payton

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What if the payback for acts of kindness was an increase in your happiness? What if it also increased happiness for the person you were kind to? And what if you were both more likely to be kind to someone else, because of it? Amazing but true, it seems. It could be said that acts of kindness are contagious. All we need to do is start.

Slow down. Notice what’s going on around you. Consciously look for opportunities to be kind. Maybe it’s a smile, holding the door, buying a writer’s book, wishing someone a nice day, or helping someone in need. It doesn’t matter what you do…but do as much as you can, as often as you can.

Here’s a great article explaining the positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness. Leave a comment on any cool examples you discover. Also, check out my Ultimate Quick Guide to…

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*Fat Loss Series* Book 7- *350 Weight Loss, Affirmations, Motivational Quotes and Inspiration*by V. Noot

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The fat loss series book 7 of 7 – 350 Weight Loss, Affirmations, Motivational Quotes and Inspiration by V. Noot, is a fantastic reference guide It’s the ultimate motivational book for weight loss.

This book is divided up into seven chapters; each one designed to assist the reader in reaching their goals.

Chapter 1 is about making changes; even small ones. Old habits are tough to break, but V. Noot assists the reader in doing just that.

Chapter 2 is filled with positive, inspirational thoughts and affirmations. These nuggets of wisdom are short enough, to memorize, post or just swirl around in your head like a mantra; helping you to stay focused and positive.

Chapter 3 & 4 include powerful testimonies of men and women who have lost incredible amounts of weight. These courageous men and women have shared their story, in hopes of helping others. They reveal, just how they’ve lost their weight, kept it off and how their life has been transformed because of it.

Chapter 5 has over 200 hundred quotes from famous people on how to live a positive life. The abundance of categories that are covered in this  book is phenomenal, so much so, that I felt compelled to list them all. They are: Attitude, baby steps, belief, challenges,change, choices, commitment,courage, diets, doubt, exercise,failure, goals, habits, hard work,happiness, health, humorous, hunger, motivation, past, perfectionism, planning, procrastination, strength, and success.

Isn’t that an extraordinary list? I thought so too. This chapter alone is worth purchasing this book. But V. Noot has more.

Chapter 6 discusses myths and lies that most people have bought into. Some people may truly believe them, but most likely, most of them are just using these myths as an excuse to fall back into old habits.

Chapter 7 is V. Noot’s parting pep talk to his readers. Don’t miss it.

This is a fantastic, motivational book; well worth reading.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Lose Weight For Life:*5 Critical Life Habits to Boost Your Health, Feel Energized and Slim Down Fast! By Megan Lacey

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I found the book Lose Weight For Life: 5 Critical Life Habits to Boost Your Health, Feel Energized and Slim Down Fast! Informative and easy to follow. Megan Lacey’s advice on losing weight and becoming healthy is not only practical but very doable.

The book is divided up into 5 healthy life habit chapters. Each one of these chapters includes a thorough explanation of why that particular habit is necessary to incorporate into a person’s life, for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. What I especially liked about this book, was how the author included an action plan at the end of each one of these critical life habit chapters.

Losing weight is hard work, but having a plan and becoming motivated is half the battle. This book helps the reader in both of these areas; it’s motivating and uplifting.

I don’t want to give away any vital information by listing the healthy habits here. I will say though, that this book is not all about counting calories and depriving yourself of the foods you love. It’s much more than that, so get ready to pump yourself up and start losing weight. I highly recommend giving this practical and informative book a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Fat Loss Series*: Book 6 of 7: Burn Fat in Your Sleep and Relax Your Weight Off by V. Noot

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This is the sixth book in a Seven part healthy living and weight-loss series.

V. Noot’s books are packed with sound advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight.

The book starts off with, “Did you know that you can lose weight by relaxing exercises, stress relief and even sleep?” Well, that statement alone, captured my attention.This was my kind of weight-loss program!

The book talks about two chemicals that are released when a person becomes stressed, cortisol and neuropeptide Y. Short bouts of stress won’t harm the body. It’s the prolonged stressed lifestyle that causes havoc on a person’s health. And this is the lifestyle that is addressed in The Fat Loss Series: Book 6 of 7.

It’s obvious that the author has researched this subject well. V. Noot uses his expertise to explain in plain language exactly what cortisol and neuropeptide Y do, and how they affect a person’s weight. The author also enlightens the reader with several helpful tips, on just how to keep these pesky little devils under control.

Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep plays a vital part in a person’s overall health.There are two chemicals directly linked to a person’s metabolism, Gmelin and Leptin. Book six reveals for the reader just how to keep these two in balance.

The Fat Loss Series: Book 6 of 7 discusses stress reduction strategies, from meditation to dancing. I liked that V. Noot doesn’t proclaim empty and unreachable promises. He gives sound advice on losing weight and keeping the body, mind and spirit healthy. See what V. Noot can teach you. I highly recommend giving this book a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Quick Healthy Meals:* An Eating Healthy Cookbook with Low-Calorie Diet Recipes For Weight Loss,* by Donna Caesar

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Quick Healthy Meals is a magnificently crafted cookbook with seventy-one mouthwatering easy to prepare meals. It includes a wide variety of soups, salads, dressings/sauces, appetizers, main meals, side dishes and dessert recipes.The layout of each recipe is picture perfect for easy reading.

Every recipe includes:
A gorgeous color picture
Prep-time
Cook-time
Serving size
Ingredients
Clear and easy preparation directions
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories
Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Protein

I’ve tried several recipes so far and have found each one of them delicious. I was also thrilled with the large variety of soup and salad recipes displayed in this book. Many cookbooks skimp in this area, but not this one. I’m looking forward to working my way through and trying all of Donna Caesar’s recipes. I’ve also started to follow her so that I’ll be sure to be notified of any new books of hers’ being released.

This is a gem of a find. I highly recommend trying Donna Caesar’s Quick Healthy Meals. You won’t be disappointed.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover