Do you find yourself just trying to get through the day, with all the commitments that come with everyday life? Work keeps me busy enough, but add everything else to it, and it just seems like a never ending cycle from one day to the next. However, sometimes I’m such a rush, that I forget to enjoy the little moments. So when I heard there is a book that gives suggestions on how to slow down, I knew I needed to read it. So here it goes – a book review for 1,001 Ways to Slow Down! And please be sure to read to the very end to enter a giveaway!
A Book Review for 1,001 Ways to Slow Down
This book couldn’t have come at a better time, especially since I was recently in the hospital. I work full time in a profession that can be intense. I try to balance it out by doing fun activities with my son, and spending time with family. However, there are days where I just feel overwhelmed. Then I received 1,001 Ways to Slow Down: A Little Book of Everyday Calm.
The book title itself is very appropriate. I think it would be a great gift to give someone for any occasion, whether someone is going through a tough time or celebrating a special occasion like a birthday. Not only does it have general suggestions, but I liked reading the different lists throughout the book. There’s definitely something for everyone, depending on their interest. For example, it provides a Calm List, which describes what a person can gain from silence and solitude. It also lists foods that are best when cooked slowly, which I’d like to try, as well as slow movies to savor. My favorite Calm List is relaxing hobbies to try (I am happy to see blogging is on the list!). And as a parent I definitely want to try activities to keep kids occupied for hours.
With that being said, some of the suggestions aren’t practical for some people, including myself. For example, one of the suggestions is to work from home one day a week. While I would like to do that, that’s just not realistic. But I certainly think there are great ideas throughout the book that are practical.
ï Hardcover: 320 pages
ï Publisher: National Geographic (March 28, 2017)
This irresistible list book from National Geographic provides lighthearted quick hits of inspiration for those of us who feel overwhelmedówhich is to say, all of us. Musings, activity suggestions, and illuminating quotes are paired with whimsical art on themes such as living in the moment, achieving balance, relieving stress, developing patience, and appreciating the world around us. “Slow living” sidebars, such as “Foods to Cook Slowly” and “Things to Do the Old-Fashioned Way,” are interspersed throughout the book.
About Barbara Ann Kipfer
Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About†and the Page-a-Day calendars based on it. She has written more than 60 books, including 1,001 Ways to Live Wild, The Order of Things, Self-Meditation, Instant Karma, 8,789 Words of Wisdom, The Wish List, and 4,000 Questions for Getting to Know Anyone and Everyone, and she edited Roget’s International Thesaurus. She holds PhDs in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies. Dr. Kipfer is the Chief Lexicographer of Temnos and has worked for such companies as Answers.com, Ask Jeeves, and Dictionary.com.
Please enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of 1,001 Ways to Slow Down. The contest ends on April 12, 2017 at 12 am (Mountain Time), and I will notify the winner via email. The winner will need to respond to my email within 48 hours, otherwise another winner will be selected. Good luck! This contest is only available to those who live in the United States.
*I was provided with a copy of 1,001 Ways to Slow Down in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.