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Gratitude for Happiness: How to Exercise Your Gratitude Muscles by Ged Cusack

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Gratitude for Happiness: How to Exercise Your Gratitude Muscles by Ged Cusack

Published: July 14, 2017

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 

Pages: 185

Genres: non fiction, self help, mental health

Rating: 4.5 stars

Recommend to fans of: practical self help books, incorporating gratitude into your daily life

Foodie Vibes: a simple, easy to prepare, delicious meal of your choosing 

 

Synopsis:

If you’re ready to make Gratitude your habit and build your happiness, now is the time that you must read this book.Do you know that most of us focus more on what we haven’t got, than what we have got? 
Just by switching your attention and focusing on what you have got, you can attract more of the same.

Your gratitude muscles are like any other muscles, if they haven’t been used for a while they may need some warming up.

In this book you will find:

A simple process to help you flex your gratitude muscles and build a gratitude habit to enhance your happiness. Individual exercises at the end of each of the sixty sections, to help you build your own gratitude statements.   Four hundred and ninety sample gratitude statements (as guides) covering a wide spectrum of life, including:  Finance Relationships  Basic shelter

And much more: Three optional timeframes to develop your habit at your own pace. From steady progress or a set timetable to binge reading, you can decide.
Just reading a book isn’t going to provide you the benefits that you seek, so:  Read this book Work through the exercises Express your emotions for even the smallest gratitude’s  Be amazed by your results.

 

Review:

I won this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Goodreads, the author and publisher for the ebook copy for review. As always, an honest review from me.

My rating is actually 4.5 stars, but since there aren’t half stars I round up.

Gratitude for Happiness is a combination self help book and workbook. The format goes like this: chapters arranges by topic, sub topics that delve deeper into each category of gratitudes, explanations of each gratitude, examples from the author’s life, and prompts for the reader to determine topic specific gratitudes in their own life.

The book is really user friendly. I have the ebook version and can easily write my gratitudes on a piece of paper. It doesn’t hamper my ability to complete the exercises by only having an ebook version. If you prefer to keep your gratitude work right next to the explanations themselves, consider purchasing the printed version so you can write directly in your book. I also like that the book helps guide each person to create a mega list of many gratitudes and then narrow them down to what’s most important to them. Very personal and unique! I read the whole book once through and am now going back to complete one gratitude exercise per day as suggested by the author. I really loved the examples in which the author reframes a negative thought into a positive one. It’s actually a technique taught in therapy and can be quite helpful to many.

Occasionally some of the author’s examples seemed a bit redundant and specific to him. If someone was struggling to figure out their own gratitudes in a particular section, they may or may not be helped by the author’s examples.

Overall, an extremely helpful book to practice gratitude in a purposeful way. I’ve already started recommending this book to family and friends, and want to purchase a physical copy for some.

 

How do you practice gratitude in your life? Journaling, gratitude lists, sharing on social media, prayer, others. Let’s encourage each other to find gratitude in our lives!

Book Reviews

Pitch Dark by A.M. Wilson and Alex Grayson

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Pitch Dark by A.M. Wilson and Alex Grayson

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on September 15, 2017

Pages: 430 

Genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, crime fiction

Rating: 3 stars

Recommend to fans of: intense twisted books with satisfying endings, passionate characters, trauma intensive stories

Read with food: Alcohol and nachos 

A shot of whatever alcohol you have lying around to get through the tough traumatic sections (Some cold water if you’re under 21 or don’t drink alcohol) Be safe people!

Football game nachos: quick, cheap, and not that nutritious but it gets some food in your system; much in the keeping of the character of Niko

 

Synopsis:

One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died.

One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn.

Revenge and justice were sworn.

Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends. Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another.

The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.

Review:

I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.

First and foremost, a big trigger warning for torture and sexual assault in graphic detail. It’s definitely intense, and I almost stopped reading the book because of it. That being said, about 10% of the book or maybe less is torture and assault. Also, the authors put a trigger warning at the beginning which I much appreciated.

Niko has spent his entire life caring for people, especially those close to him and in need. As a child, Niko’s friend and neighbor Aislin has a very difficult upbringing. He does his best to be a great friend and protector, even though he’s only 14 years old. Aislin is kidnapped. Niko is devastated and angry. He grows up to be a cop, but never stops searching for Aislin, his North Star.

I had a lot of mixed feelings about Pitch Dark. Overall, I would say that I enjoyed the storylines. The drama, the suspense, and how everything turns out. Works well in the book. It’s the details where I have some issues. Of course there’s the graphic descriptions of the assault. It makes the book what it is, but I didn’t feel it was necessary. At least not to that intensity. Also, the character of Niko is very over the top at times. Obviously he had gone through terrible things, but he acts as if he’s the only one who can solve the case, protect the victims, etc. I appreciate the sentiment and passion, but it gets to be a bit much at times. Also, some of the descriptions are a bit odd and left me asking “do people really talk like this?”

The story overall works well and I’m glad that I read Pitch Dark. I liked the revelations towards the end. The character of Aislin was a welcome breath of fresh air and encouraging strength. I ended up enjoying Pitch Dark, despite my mixed feelings throughout.