A high-energy guide to living with presence, optimism, and joy--one yay at a time!
Ever wish you were one of those upbeat, positive people who embrace every day with a can-do mindset that motivates others and simply makes life more fun? Longtime magazine editor Meaghan B Murphy is one of those high-energy people--and she's here to share her secrets for finding more yay every day.
Your Fully Charged Life is Murphy's practical guide to bringing your best self to every moment, even when the pressures of daily life leave you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and wallowing in negative thoughts (and a pint of your favorite gelato). Spanning health, work, family time, and more, this book reveals small changes in outlook and habits that yield big results, without ever sacrificing who you are.
Informed by the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and inspiring examples of women and men who live fully charged every day, the book presents simple ways to:
• cultivate gratitude--and pass it along
• make meaningful connections with the people around you
• learn to say no--so you can fill your days with things that matter to you most
• recharge when you need it
• spread the positive charge to others to make the world a happier, healthier place
Going beyond platitudes and shallow Insta-inspiration, this inspiring and empowering book provides a blueprint for feeling less stressed and genuinely making the most of your every day.
Murphy, former executive editor for Good Housekeeping, dishes up a hodgepodge of ideas for living a happier life. She covers myriad aspects of relationships, health, and work, and is never short on advice, though self-help readers will be familiar with many of her suggestions, among them maintaining a gratitude journal, visualization prompts, and ways to "reframe what's lame" in one's mind to respond positively to feedback. There isn't much of a guiding principle at play, and the magpie approach results suggestions borrowed from a number of schools: readers are encouraged to set boundaries, meditate, listen to music for motivation and to increase energy, apologize correctly, and make the bed every morning. Murphy also divulges how her positivity suggestions helped her through health struggles and depression following the death of a friend, but these fleeting serious moments, and her take on the Covid-19 pandemic ("The lockdown reminded me that it's okay to feel however you feel"), feel incongruous with the otherwise relentlessly sunny tone (a "cycle of good deeds and good vibes will energize us for life"). This self-care buffet will leave readers feeling overstuffed. \n