Review: 365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That’s Good for You and for Others, by Sharon Lipinski. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.

Looking for a way to start your new year off on the right foot? This book could provide the answers and the path that you seek. As a practicing psychotherapist, I was quickly inspired by this author’s efforts. She has created a book that she fully intends to be a self-help–not a “shelf-help” book. That is, a book that is practical and meaningful that people will actually, as opposed to having it grace their shelf unopened. The book’s purpose, the author states, is to help the reader create new healthy habits and break old bad habits. The process uses two key concepts: mindfulness and generosity.

Mindfulness is a concept we hear about frequently these days. The author provides a simple, clear description of what mindfulness entails. The second concept, generosity, encompasses seven generosity habits: physical health, mindfulness, relationships, connecting with yourself, gratitude, simplicity, and philanthropy.

Sounds like a tall order, but the author has refined our tasks to the doable. The habits are grouped together by week; some include a monthly check-in. The process outlined in this book covers each day of a whole year (hence 365). For each of those days, we are given first a short insightful reading on a single subject, followed by “practice,” which often involves journaling.

I am so impressed with this book that I plan to recommend it to all my patients, and to the other therapists in my group practice. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to take charge of their life on their own terms.

My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

2 thoughts on “Review: 365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That’s Good for You and for Others, by Sharon Lipinski. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.

    • Dear Sharon,
      I not only like your book, I bought copies as gifts for all my patients. It has been well received by them; they like the daily format and the practical, short articles and exercises. I recommend your book with enthusiasm.

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