Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know Are Good For Me?

Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know Are Good For Me?
By BJ Gallagher
Berkley Books, 2009. 253 pgs. Nonfiction

We all know what we need to do—eat right, exercise more, get plenty of rest, save our money, and make smart decisions in our own best interests. But instead, it seems like we take good care of everyone else and neglect ourselves. Don’t despair—it’s not hopeless and you’re not helpless. Sociologist and self-care expert BJ Gallagher shows you 52 way to put yourself first on your priority list rather than last.

Although this book was geared more towards women, I think men and women alike can benefit from this short book. Written in three sections, Gallagher has readers explore why they don’t do what they know is good for them, how to change their habits of self-care, and what can bring about successful, long-term, personal change.

With chapter headings like “Catch yourself doing something right (or approximately right). Then pat yourself on the back for it,” “Go to bed half an hour earlier. Self-care begins with the basics,” and “Lighten up and laugh…a lot” there’s something for everyone in this book. The chapters are short and thought provoking. Now to just put into practice what I read!


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