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52 Small Changes - One Excellent Book
on 24 December 2011
52 Small Changes
This is a lovely book to read, and to follow. Each week, a new `change' is introduced, and explores how this change may be incorporated into every day life. The new change is reinforced, and new changes introduced, so in just a few short weeks, significant improvements towards "a happier, healthier you" is achieved.
Although the concept of setting new year goals, or objectives, isn't new, the way that this book has been written, is designed to help those targets become achievable. The author, Blumenthal, writes a "roadmap for success" for the goals.
Week One, is all about `drink', that is increasing the amount of water that is consumed daily. Blumenthal explains why water is important (more so than drinking coffee, tea or other substances). This chapter is written very simply, but cleverly, and before the end of the chapter, the reader can see that this goal is SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time).
Week Two focuses on another major important ingredient to life - sleep. Although it may appear that much of this is common sense - which it is - it helps to reflect and see how the quality of sleep may be improved.
Week Three is designed for exercise. Although everyone knows the importance of adequate exercise, so many use excuses such as "I don't have time". Well, that may be true - but Blumenthal even gives some advice relating to watching television, and how to make this `active'. Of course, one goal could be to simply stop watching the television, then there would be time for exercise.
The book isn't just about achievements which are easily seen. Blumenthal also concentrates on mental goals, such as having a positive outlook to life. As the book moves forward, at the end of each chapter, there is a weekly change checklist, which helps to reinforce the changes that have already taken place.
Throughout the book, there are lots of little snippets of facts included in every chapter (such as optimists are 9% less likely to develop heart disease than pessimists).
Of course, the reader may easily switch some - or all - of these changes for their own. What I particularly like about the book, is that it really does explain why the change is good, and how to manage the change successfully, and to keep the change, and to fully integrate that change into normal everyday life. The book may have been written for an audience in the USA, but the principles are easily adopted to the British way of life.
Overall, an interesting book, and may help to bring about a positive change for people.