Mindfully Happy: Waking Up to Life by Diane Lang

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Mindfully Happy: Waking Up to Life by Diane Lang

Mindfully Happy by Diane Lang

Stars: ***1/2

Sentia Publishing (2017)
Self-Help – Mindfulness

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: As a Therapist, Educator, and Positive Living Expert, Diane has dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around. She is now on a mission to help people develop a sustainable positive attitude that can actually turn one into an optimist, literally. Through her two books, “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness” and “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career,” Diane has been speaking and empowering people nationwide.

Mindfully Happy

At first the book seems to be talking about things that are common sense like taking care of your basic needs, being grateful, or remembering what we can and can’t control.

The more I read though the more I realized that just because I “know” most of those things, I’m not actually DOING them. Sometimes we all need a reminder about taking care of ourselves. We look for special tricks to happiness when we’ve known what to do all along.

I enjoyed the book more as I went through it. I appreciated all the little nuggets of information and reminders. The information is broken up into little sections which is nice if you find you have trouble concentrating while reading longer books.

The book isn’t just about happiness but also about mindfulness and specifically how the complement each other. I’ve read about mindfulness before and I thought I was pretty good at it in general till I read the following and realized I could say yes to all of them:

One way to become more mindful is to notice when we are mindless. Another way to think of mindlessness is when we are on autopilot, when we are zoned out […] Some examples of mindlessness:

In the middle of a conversation, we zone out.[…]

When we multitask and try listening to someone, we usually don’t remember the conversation. […]

When we drive to a place frequently, we end up zoned out while driving. How many times have you made it home and not remembered stopping at the stop sign or passing the local store […]

We walk into a room and don’t remember what we were coming in for […]

We forget where we put things.[…]

Oops. I guess I need to work on my mindfulness more than I thought. I’m mindless about my mindlessness.

The book covers lots of topics that are related the main topics and I think we all could use the reminder or direction on how to improve in those areas.

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