What makes you happy? Once a year, to focus on the positives of my life, I work on a 100 days of happiness challenge. It’s fun you know. You focus on one thing that makes you happy and you share it. At the end of 100 days, when you look back at the posts you realise that there is so much to be grateful for.
But, what happens after those 100 days of happiness? Back to routine, the grumbling and the oft-repeated dialogue of how everything is just so not right? Been there done that. Precisely why I chose the book 26 days 26 ways for a happier you to read and imbibe some life lessons from it.
As a part of the Blogchatter initiative, I have written this Review of 26 days 26 ways for a happier you by Priyanka Nair
About the Author
Priyanka Nair is a masters in finance and has worked with renowned multinational companies in her professional career of eight years until she received her calling as a blogger. She is presently pursuing Doctorate in Psychology. Priyanka is also a Mental Health Awareness Blogger, and this book is all about spreading Mental Health Awareness, spreading Self-love, Self-help, focusing on breaking societal Stereotypes and overcoming them.
Author: Priyanka Nair
Genre: Mental Health Awareness
Rating : 5/5
26 days 26 ways for a happier you
26 Alphabets and unlimited possibilities, if used wisely have the enormous potential to unravel the deepest and the kindest of the words which could act as balm for an individual, a pain-reliever for many.
I have chosen 26 ways of dealing with each inner demon, outer influence, unwanted force of action and limiting belief which comes in our way of a beautiful and peaceful life. This is my A to Z self help guide and I can promise you once you are finished reading it, you will be smiling, and you will feel more connected to your inner self. (From the Preface)
Yes. this is yet another book from the A-Z challenge, book that picks up certain points that can help you improve yourself. I’ll share some snippets from the book that resonated with me.
Isn’t this something most of us struggle with? Am I too fat? Am I too skinny, Not fair enough? Not pretty? And I am sure that there is more. Self-acceptance is tough. Been there, done that. Self-acceptance is all about owning your own truth. Once you do that, self-acceptance is truly a cake walk. When you choose to accept and take responsibility for your own acts, you are in a better position to self-accept and introspect what your actions were. A major high about self-acceptance is that it helps us understand not just our strengths, but also our weaknesses. So make that the first priority in your life. Accept yourself the way you are.
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them – Albert Einstein”
Trust me, it could be a perfectly bright sunny day, a perfect weather, nothing could go wrong. But bam! that horrible, horrible emptiness hits you in the guts and the next thing you know is that you are reaching out to those box of tissues wiping those tears away. Depression hits you when you least expect it. Mental illness is not a taboo anymore. If you do know anyone who has depression, keep this in mind:
- Listen to them. If you understand what they are going through, you may just end up saving a life.
- Be there and just be present for them. Sometimes just a presence is more than enough,
- Let them know that mental illness is not a stigma and its perfectly fine to seek help.
Choosing the Five S’s in your life
Want to know the five S’s that can make your life better? Let’s have a look at them!
Self-Love – This is something that I have always struggled with. From the thoughts of not being a good parent, to not feeling good about myself, not being “beautiful” enough…get the drift? I started doing a very simple thing, On a daily basis, I began to list one thing that I loved about myself.
Self-Control – Self-control is nothing but your own ability to alter all the responses in order to avoid certain consequences, undesirable actions or behaviors which comes in your way.
Self-Awareness – Improve your self-awareness by being in present, focusing on your breathing and your senses, it helps your brain’s ability to resist destructive impulses. Improve your self-awareness by being in present, focusing on your breathing and your senses, it helps your brain’s ability to resist destructive impulses.
Self-Acceptance – Letting go of the past, blaming yourself for things beyond your control or more. I think the more we become aware of what we are capable of we are in a better place to love ourselves.
Self-Discipline – Probably the toughest! Do you know it takes 21 days to form a habit? Pick up the most mundane task that you just hate to do, at the end of 21 days, you’ll be doing it as a routine!
This one intrigued me. I have never read it, but people who have read it, have told me its like a guide to your life. You get answers from it when you seek. Priyanka says, ” Gita is the book of self-discovery. It contains the message of divine centered living based upon the right knowledge, belief, devotion, self-surrender, detachment and dispassionate performance of tasks as opposed to the ego-centered living, which is characterized by self-centered thinking, egoism, and suffering arising out of non-attainment of desires.” On my to-do list is to buy the Bhagwad Gita!
There is so much to learn from this beautifully written book, controlling negative emotions, not judging people, choosing the right intentions, being compassionate, controlling fear and more. You can download this book 26 days 26 ways for a happier you here.
I would recommend that you download this book and try these bite sized nuggets to improve you life. 26 days is all that it will take to transform your life. Try it and you will realize how beautiful it is to focus on the happiness! 26 days 26 ways for a happier you is all that you need to build self-love!