If you are ready to lighten up and enjoy life, this is the book for you!
Did you know that you don't have to suffer daily just because the economy is bad, your promotion prospects are bleak, and the television keeps reporting exceptionally discouraging news? Cheryl Richardson has the right view . . . that life can be a pleasure and from that pleasure you can bring much happiness to others.
She realizes that you probably have lots of bad habits that make you miserable and suggests one change a month that cumulatively build to create the kind of enjoyable life that may exceed your wildest hopes. The changes are couched in gentle, friendly terms and illustrated with breath-taking photos.
Ms. Richardson describes how hiring a personal coach changed her life and taught her the lessons in this book. If you just follow this advice, it's like saving hundreds of dollars to get valuable secrets.
In the first month, you identify where you are deprived (such as in sleep, emotional support, personal time, energy, companionship, peacefulness, hope, and physical closeness) and start eliminating those deprivations that are most important to you.
In the second month, you begin to approve of yourself more through a series of mirror exercises where you tell yourself, "I love you."
In month three, you learn how to say "no" and do it nicely.
In month four, you re-schedule your life to feel more comfortable and do important activities that make you feel great at the optimal times.
In month five, you offload a lot of what keeps you overly busy, annoyed, and stressed by "letting go."
In month six, you decide what you will never do again . . . all of those things that make life a drudge and an annoyance. You then work on remembering to stop doing those things.
In month seven, you change where you live and work to nurture rather than annoy you.
In the eighth month, you learn to insulate yourself from things that stress you out and serve no purpose (such as watching the latest violence on the television news).
In the ninth month, you begin to pay more attention to your health and body.
In the tenth month, you work on letting anger go.
In the eleventh month, you identify and begin to spend time on something that you are passionate about.
During the last month, you develop a plan for dealing with unexpected problems and emotional blows.
Each chapter is filled with lists of books and other resources you can use to flesh out the simple concepts that the book presents.
I read this book while on a long plane flight and found myself enjoying the trip simply due to taking Ms. Richardson's approach to how I thought about and treated the experience. Instead of being a bore, I had fun!