A debut manual combines tips, quotes, and ideas to create a self-improvement experience for readers.
Brett is a seasoned expert on the topic of positive mindsets and persevering through hardships. A multiple sclerosis survivor and avid writer, he offers his own life experiences and lessons to readers searching for new mindsets to break through negative thinking. Throughout this short book, the author delivers inspiring quotes, experiences, and ideas for cultivating a positive outlook—something that may not always be a default for many people. For example, Brett suggests seeing anger as a trap, advising readers: “Don’t take the bait!” He also advocates isolating certain optimistic thoughts or reasons for continuing forward on a path to happiness, keeping these concepts in mind for times when adversity requires a tough, positive perspective. Simple recommendations like looking at trials as adventures, avoiding complaining, and embracing change are just some of the many tips the author supplies throughout the volume. In 39 pages, a foundation for healthy thinking is provided. This manual would be ideal on a nightstand or coffee table for those who desire a title to pick up and flip through for a quick mental reset or upbeat focus during the day. But the book is not all superficial positivity. The author addresses the fact that life imposes inevitable barriers and that it is within the struggle that a person grows and finds meaning. Readers may find certain sections too broad; Brett resists delving deeper into certain topics like fear—a universal feeling. While each chapter supplies a short, useful “recap” at the end, some readers may be hungry for more in-depth explorations of powerful emotions such as doubt and anger. But for readers simply seeking a quick reference to overcome a negative emotion, this title should satisfy that need.
A positive guide to common steps and strategies for cultivating a positive mindset.