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Book review of "Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life" by Julie Saffrin.
Reviewed by Wendy Burnett for psyweb.com .
I don't recommend reading this book in one sitting like I did. I do, however, recommend that you read it. Emotionally intense, joyful, and sometimes tinged with sadness or regret for missed opportunities, BlessBack by Julie Saffrin reminds us of the good in life; and encourages us to add to it in whatever way works for us.
Filled with stories of BlessBacks and their effects; both for those who receive thanks, and those who give them; this is not just another “be happy” book that tells us all we have to do is decide to be happy and we will be. Instead, Ms. Saffrin offers us a way to bring moments of happiness into our lives and the lives of others, honestly and without obligation.
Although BlessBack ®: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life isn't specifically focused on mental health; I have learned over the years that anything that provides purpose, connection, and moments of happiness also increases our ability to cope with the negatives in our lives. BlessBack provides a tool to help us remember the good things in our lives and helps us reach a more balanced outlook. There is so much that is negative or painful in life, especially for those struggling with mental health issues; that it is sometimes very difficult to remember that joy and pleasure DO exist, and that there have been people in our lives that have given us what we needed, when we needed it. Julie Saffrin helps us remember the good, and offers us a way to share and multiply it.
“By giving of yourself and taking the time to read this book, you have given your first BlessBack. I am silenced in gratitude at your taking the time to read it.
By now, you know a good bit more about gratitude. You know that if you continue to practice showing thanks to your life influencers, you can live your life whole. Live as a role model to someone today so that another's future is different. Live your life thinking today may be the day you are the answer to someone's prayer from a century ago. These empowering forward-thinking ideas will make you live with a different outlook, a BlessBack outlook. Make yourself into a BlessBack point-of-light, both in giving and in living life, in being and becoming. Let BlessBack delight you. Let its indulgence repurpose your life.”
Life is filled with both good and bad, nothing can change that. You can spend your time looking for things to be grateful for, or you can focus on the painful parts. Which will make you happier? BlessBack and Julie Saffrin can help you answer that question for yourself . . .
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