I mentioned, in my last post, an inspirational little book I just finished, Better Because of You by Ginny Hutchinson and Kathy Haffner. I am absolutely in love with this book and I hope you’ll soon have the opportunity to fall head over heels in love with it as well.
This book is perfect for you if you….
- Love inspirational books and writings.
- Love books that read very fast, leaving you more time for other things.
- Are looking for more peace and zen in your life.
- Are looking for more joy and happiness.
- Would like to have your life touched and enriched.
- Would welcome a ray of sunshine into your world.
- Are into books that you’ll read again and again and again…
Okay, I could have said this book is perfect for anyone and everyone, but I had a few bullet points lying around and wanted to use them.
This colorful, wonderful-natured, and fun little book is just a little over 100 pages. It’s not the sort of book that you get half-way through, put on the shelf and then have to force yourself to continue. Truth be told, it’ll never make it to the shelf. This is the sort of book you like to keep near you, just in case you need a uplifting quote, an inspirational shot in the arm, a soothing pat on the back, or a motivational kick in the behind. Believe me, you’ll find just what you need when you need it inside Better Because of You.
I highly recommend this delightful book. Its positive outlook is contagious and it will give you a lift just when you need one the most. The gist of the book is to show the reader small, simple things they can do each day to make a big difference in their life… as well as in the lives of others.
The authors give many original insights into life and its many facets. They share useful tips to help the reader get more joy from life while derailing stress that would like to rob them of this joy. One of my favorite suggestions is below:
Create a Visualization Board.
Buy a blank poster board. Think about your life one to two years from now. Cut out and paste up pictures from magazines or download images from the Internet that represent your dreams, key relationships, a dream home, education, charities to support, vacation destinations, or hobbies that interest you. – Page 30, Better Because of You
I love the thought of having a Visualization board. My oldest daughter recently put one together on a computer program (Paint), using pictures she rounded up online. What can I say, my offspring is as environmentally-conscious as I am.
The book is filled with great tips and advice. Along with each tip, the authors include personal examples of individuals who have experienced the fruits of the tip. As you’d expect, these have as much of an impact on the reader as the tips do.
The book also includes over 40 pages of inspirational and motivational quotes. They’re grouped by subject, so you’ll always be able to find just the inspiration you need, in just area you need it. Sort of like making sure you get the right shot in the right arm. There’s even a great (equally inspiring) website you can visit and take part in, http://www.betterbecause.com/.
This book shows you how to make life just a little bit better in all 7 facets of your life.
Read true-to-life, inspirational stories that can help you do small things each day to make a big difference in these 7 areas:
Authors Ginny and Cathy are successful Fortune 100 executives who wanted to make a positive difference in the world.
Simply revealed are their 3 core beliefs based on the valuable (and humorous) lessons they learned in the corporate world, decades of marriage and raising children.
This book is essential reading for anyone looking for simple insights on leading a happier life. This book shows you how you, as one individual, can be an irresistible force for positive change.
A portion of proceeds support Room to Read, a non-profit leader educating children in developing countries.
Take time to be present and relish the ordinary moments of your life. Be aware of your current place, not the past or future. This means, look up from your cell phone, laptop, or TV. See what’s going on around you. – Page 16, Better Because of You
I actually read the quote above during a lunch break last week while serving on jury duty. All of the jurors had spread out and gone to different restaurants but (you know me), I rushed across the street to a coffee house. I was sitting near a window thinking about this website that hadn’t been updated, that blog that needed a post, the laundry pile that could frighten small children, my cats who would surely sulk for a month, supper that wouldn’t make itself, and so on. After getting my Steak and Cheese Panini, iced tea, and coffee (yes, two sources of caffeine, don’t judge me) – I sat down and pulled the little book from my purse and began to pick up reading where I’d left off. The quote above is the first thing I read.
I realized that I was very guilty of not relishing the moment I was in at the time – something that I normally excel in. I’m simply not the person who can be found living in the future or the past – for better or worse, I’m forever in the moment, trying to make it count double. However, a chaotic couple of weeks was beginning to turn me into a bundle of nerves – and a bundle of nerves doesn’t do anyone any good.
I literally took a deep breath, put the book back in my purse, and enjoyed my sandwich and tea. Then I sat and slowly drank my (outstanding) coffee without thinking about anything except my surroundings, my blessings, and this wonderful ride we call life. The next time you find yourself coming unwound or unraveled, take a deep breath. Then take in your surroundings and the beauty that’s outside your window. Within this pause you’ll find clarity, peace, and relaxation. As they say, “Look Up!”
The adorable logos above are available on BetterBecause.com – I obviously chose my own mantras, but there are plenty to choose from. You can have the logos printed on a number of products, including coffee mugs and tumblers. How cute are they?
Order Better Because of You on Amazon today.