Want to jumpstart 2013 with positive thoughts, new goals and increased happiness? May Cause Miracles may do the trick for moms who enjoy self help books and can devote 5 to 10 minutes a day to this project. (That’s really all it takes–I’ve been reading right before bed, and I get all calm and relaxed.) I’ve completed Gabrielle’s Days 1 and 2, and she’s inspired me to face my biggest fears–and not be so scared of them. I can’t tell you if it’s going to work until I do 38 more days, but I’m digging it. Who doesn’t want to kick anxiety to the curb? Or add a little happiness to life? Count me in! I’ll totally drink that water.
My husband loves when I get on these kicks. He abides by the most basic rule in the universe: When Momma is happy, everyone is happy–and vice versa.
What’s so successful about May Cause Miracles is its accessibility. Gabrielle takes complicated, multi-layered philosophical ideas and breaks them down so they make perfect sense. Her easy, friendly style makes her relatable and irresistible. She’s grounding her advice on old but sound psychological and metaphysical ideas, especially a program called The Course. She writes that our fears are just limiting beliefs. “They’re just smoke and mirrors, a bit of mental sleight of hand that leads us in the wrong direction in life.” In order to create everyday miracles (meaning positive thoughts, a can-do attitude and happiness), we need to label what scares us, be willing to change our beliefs, to surrender to to a higher power (God or your inner self or whatever inspires you), to practice and to forgive. “Finally, there is love,” Gabrielle writes. “Where there is fear, there is no love…living with an open heart and embracing love as our true purpose is essential to living a miraculous life.”
Gabrielle just started a live class in NYC last night, but it’s also available online, and you can download yesterday’s lesson. She’s personally presenting and teaching from her new book in this May Cause Miracles Live Course ($178). But the book is only $12.99 (see the May Cause Miracle trailer below), and there are also affordable meditations on the website. I love her fun and reassuring Spirit Junkie app, especially because it’s $1.99.
How I adore you, self help. This is a hot category right now (definitely check out Help, Thanks, Wow), so at least I know I’m not alone in my devotion. Are there any books that got you jazzed up recently?
Oprah Winfrey was on Good Morning America today, and of course, she had a book pick. She said The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer is so amazing that she gave it to Justin Bieber yesterday. She also tied an episode of her show Super Soul Sunday to it. The good news: GMA offered The Untethered Soul for half the price as part of their weekly ‘Deals and Steals.’ Today, you can buy the book for $8.48 from the publisher.
“What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to find this kind of inner peace and freedom? The Untethered Soul offers a simple, profoundly intuitive answer to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.”
I love self-help books. My nightstand is stacked with them, and I’ve read Happier at Home twice. So I have to check this one out–especially today at half price.
Self-help fans rejoice. A new book just came out that’s just as good as Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. It’s her latest release called Happier at Home. The book hit stores yesterday, but I’ve been carrying around my dog-eared review copy for the last month. I mean, I’ve taken it everywhere and read it twice. Rubin’s warm, doable and sweet tips seem small when you check them off one by one. But the advice, added together, is a big ball of happy.
What I liked most: I could pick and choose the advice that excited me and start working on it as soon as I put the book down. All I had to do was interact with my husband and children in Rubin’s inspired ways. The Happiness Project was very similar–that book involved making small resolutions to improve how you feel and operate. In Happier at Home, Rubin tells readers how to do more of the same with an emphasis on the home. She specifically targets our possessions, marriages, parenting, interior design, time management, bodies, families and neighborhoods.
Rubin quotes research, experts and hallowed people on her subject. One of my favorite lines from the books is from Saint Therese: “It isn’t enough to love, we must prove it.” Rubin says we should shut off our computers and listen to our children. “Enter into the interests of others,” she writes. She connected with her daughters by asking about their music, TV shows and favorite books. Kids want their moms to be involved in their lives, especially when they’re young. Rubin even set aside special time once a week to take her daughter on Wednesday adventures.
One last bit of brilliant advice before you go off and read this book yourself: Return bids for affection. Whenever a child says hello or goodbye, slow down and greet them back. Reward every hug or “I love you” with more hugs and “I love yous.” Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Yet I was being an idiot. Too often I was busy writing, reading, cooking or whatevering, and I didn’t stop to listen to or acknowledge the compliments my family was giving me. I didn’t realize how disappointing that was to the people I love most. By simply returning their affection, I have greatly improved the happiness in my house. Everyone’s mood has lifted just because I’m being nicer to them.
Every mom will find gems in this book. I know I could use the gentle reminders to ease up, back off and never criticize (or at least try). Gretchen Rubin is a genius for putting the information together in this handy book that could also be titled: Super Easy Ways to Live a Better Life.
See for yourself–how cute is this book trailer for Happier at Home?