Friday, January 29, 2010

Review and Blog Tour: 50 Ways to Feel Great Today

 50 Ways to Feel Great Today: Keys to Beating Stress, Worry and the Blues by David Biebel, DMin, James Dill MD and Bobbie Dill, RN

My Review:

If you are stressed or down, I suggest you read this book.  No it can't cure all things and some things do need a doctor's care but the suggestions in this definitely can't hurt. All the suggestions are relatively easy to do and very few cost much money.  The authors have done a wonderful job selecting things to do that truly help boosting you and presenting stories that show how it has helped others and in some cases research that backs the claim up.  The other great thing is each way is divided into it's own short chapter.  It's easy to read (no deep academic study data to weed through - the authors do that for you) and you can pick and choose what appeals to you each day.  I have made notes of several ones I want to try immediately and I am looking forward to using these ways each day as I am back at work now after surgery and the stress in my life has increased. 

About the Book:

We all feel stressed, worried, or anxious at one time or another. Sometimes our circumstances, and even things that are out of our control, can wreak havoc on our spirits. Changing how we feel often begins with a small thing. Listening to a beautiful song. Enjoying a sunset. Making a happy memory. This unique book helps you discover how to beat stress, ward off worry, and banish the blues.
50 Ways to Feel Great Today offers medically and scientifically sound advice for giving a blah mood the boot. These time-tested ideas are simple and often low or no cost. While no "happy" pill exists, the activities in this book let you become your own helping hand.
Why not give one a try today? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

From taking a nap to decorating your home,
 authors share scientifically-sound secrets of what will make you feel great.

What does it take to be in a good mood—no matter what the weather’s like, how much cash you have in your wallet, or what
side of the bed you woke up on? As authors David B. Biebel, DMin; James E. Dill, MD; and Bobbie Dill, RN, have discovered: Happiness actually is pretty simple.

“We can have a much greater effect on our moods than many of us realize,” the authors say. “Just by doing one or two simple things each day, we can feel better and be less stressed.”

In their new book, 50 Ways to Feel Great Today, the credentialed authors offer sound medical and spiritual advice regarding 50 easy and practical things anyone can do to brighten their mood. Including scientific research, scriptural references and real-life anecdotes, they approach mental health and well-being from both a physical as well as an emotional perspective.

Their collection of the best mood-boosting strategies looks at how a variety of easy, everyday actions can impact the way we feel. Some of their suggestions include:

  • Do something creative. It will stimulate your brain and increase memory function.
  • Take a nap. A 20- to 30-minute break to snooze has been shown to increase work performance and alertness, relieve work-related stress and lower the risk of death from heart disease.
  • Listen to music. Music can offer healing by helping us identify with our emotions. An upbeat rhythm has been proven to reduce stress hormones by as much as 41 percent.
  • Decorate something. Our moods can be influenced by our immediate surroundings, so try bringing vibrant colors or meaningful objects into the rooms of your house.
  • Offer a helping hand. Giving increases the release of endorphins (which causes a natural emotional “high”) and impacts the way you feel about yourself and the world around you. Studies have also found that volunteering can have a great impact on your health and longevity, even a 44% reduction in early death.
  • Start lifting weights. Not only does it help you physically, but getting in shape also improves your sense of body image. In one study, lifting weights helped relieve chronic depression.
  • Go fishing. It offers a chance to spend time outdoors, experience some adventure, or encourage quiet time and reflection.

  • Remember the good times. Take 20 minutes to walk down memory lane, and your overall mood can be improved, one study recently shows. Consider journaling, scrapbooking or getting together with old friends.
  • Have a sense of humor. Laughing has been shown to increase pain tolerance, reduce stress, increase your immunity, and burn calories.
  • Make a nutritious meal. Healthy ingredients can boost your immune system, calm jangled nerves or even lessen aches, not to mention engage some creativity when trying out new recipes.

With dozens of other easy-to-implement suggestions like these, readers will be able to select the pick-me-ups that work best for their lifestyles and needs. Plus, because they’re things that people will actually enjoy doing, combating stress, worry and the blues has never felt so good!

About the Authors

David B. Biebel, DMin
, is a minister, an award-winning author, a health educator, and the editor of Today’s Christian Doctor. He speaks often on health-related subjects and has been a guest on many radio and TV programs.

James E. Dill, MD, and Bobbie Dill, RN, were among the first husband-wife Christian medical teams to help establish a truly holistic medical practice. Jim is a board certified gastroenterologist and Bobbie is a nurse, certified in women's health. Currently, they reside temporarily in various places around the United States, from Massachusetts to Hawaii, as Jim provides “locum tenens” medical care, often for several months at a time.

** Thanks to Revell Books, a Baker Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy of this book for review.***

 Available December 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

At a time when doctors feel a pill solves all problems, this is refreshing!

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