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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848501129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848501126
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absolute must-read. (Soul & Spirit)

Persuasive and practical (Women's Fitness magazine 2009-09-01)

Whether you've always been told you're too nice, sensitive or emotional, or simply want to learn how to say now - and stick to it - this book's guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered, and ready to change your life and relationships in the most positive ways. (Soul & Spirit)

About the Author

Cheryl's work has been covered widely on television shows including Good Morning America, and she is also featured in many major newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times and Good Housekeeping.

Author Residence: Massachusetts, USA


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Format: Hardcover
If you are ready to lighten up and enjoy life, this is the book for you!

Did you know that you don't have to suffer daily just because the economy is bad, your promotion prospects are bleak, and the television keeps reporting exceptionally discouraging news? Cheryl Richardson has the right view . . . that life can be a pleasure and from that pleasure you can bring much happiness to others.

She realizes that you probably have lots of bad habits that make you miserable and suggests one change a month that cumulatively build to create the kind of enjoyable life that may exceed your wildest hopes. The changes are couched in gentle, friendly terms and illustrated with breath-taking photos.

Ms. Richardson describes how hiring a personal coach changed her life and taught her the lessons in this book. If you just follow this advice, it's like saving hundreds of dollars to get valuable secrets.

In the first month, you identify where you are deprived (such as in sleep, emotional support, personal time, energy, companionship, peacefulness, hope, and physical closeness) and start eliminating those deprivations that are most important to you.

In the second month, you begin to approve of yourself more through a series of mirror exercises where you tell yourself, "I love you."

In month three, you learn how to say "no" and do it nicely.

In month four, you re-schedule your life to feel more comfortable and do important activities that make you feel great at the optimal times.

In month five, you offload a lot of what keeps you overly busy, annoyed, and stressed by "letting go."

In month six, you decide what you will never do again . . . all of those things that make life a drudge and an annoyance.
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This book describes, with honesty, many of Cheryl Richardson's personal experiences from which she offers detailed advice to a special interest group. (That would be fine except that there is nothing in the marketing material to indicate the special interest reader.)

The group comprises women aged approx.25-45, able-bodied, heterosexual with a husband/partner and children at home; well educated women with professional (traditional) work and with access to the Internet; women who accept gendered concepts of facials/fashion/pampering.

For this group, the "insiders", the book will resonate strongly and be applicable to their lives.

For the many women outside of that group, for most men and for most minorities the book will not resonate. They would frequently need to modify advice to make it relevant to their own lives. This group of "outsiders" will often have the feeling that they are reading about a private club to which they do not belong.

There is no doubting CR's complete sincerity or the excellence of some of the advice but it is a great pity that she does not write for the general public and does not take into account the diversity and inequalities in society.

Footnote: Approach the resource lists with caution. Some of the books and websites are decidedly eccentric and consequently unhelpful. None of the books listed in the first edition has a publisher, publication date or an ISBN number given. This can make locating a book difficult, especially for overseas readers.
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Well worth buying because there are some ideas in this book that will stay with me from now on.
Extreme self care may sound like common sense, but everyone and everything else in life seems to take over.

Many ideas struck a chord with me (and a few did not)
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As a coach and ex-carer to a Mother with Dementia, I found this excellent for carers and ex-carers. And as an ex-carer I found this essential for getting back into the habit of caring for one's self. It is amazing how self-neglect can go on for years - even long after the person one has been caring for has gone into a home or passed away. It is also essential for those who have devoted their lives to campaigning because unless one is working directly for a campaign organisation, it can be a very solitary battle and I believe this book provides a source of valuable energy for this essential work.
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I have to agree with the previous review. Not only does Cheryl Richardson write for middle-class, middle-aged, well-off professional women, which is a small and specific special-interest group, but she writes for AMERICAN readers to the exclusion of all others.

I like CR a lot and have enjoyed her previous books. I agree with the previous review that she is obviously genuine and writes about a lifestyle she knows very well. My quibble is that she has nothing to say to those of us who do not shop in malls, drive kids to soccer, or have a hubby in tow who uncomplainingly furnishes the means to live care-free in a spacious suburban mansion somewhere in the land of the free.

I know that many American writers seem to be oblivious or dismissive of non-American readers, so CR is not to be singled out for blame. However, CR takes her exclusive orientation one step further. She has nothing to say to those Americans who are not well-off, middle-class or in the market for 'pampering' or overpriced motivational seminars. How do you practice self-care when you lose your job, your house, your marriage, your friends? CR has nothing to say to those of her compatriots who are undergoing those heart-breaking challenges now.

Nor does she have much to say to us in the UK. How many British women would be seen dead mouthing 'I love you' to their reflections in the bathroom mirror? How many would consider ditching a depressed aunt or a distressed and needy friend because they are difficult and draining? Our culture is more subtle and traditional than that of suburban America but Cheryl is as blissfully unaware of it as she is unaware of the cultures of inner-city and rural America. A curse of a sheltered life, I suppose.
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