How to Make Sure Your Life Doesn’t Suck

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Book Review

“By all means, read and listen to others, but always remember to check-in with yourself, to see whether what you read or hear truly resonates and feels right to you.”

I have to say, all of the concepts and ideas presented by Dr. Maggie Gilewicz in How to Make Sure Your Life Doesn’t Suck: A Different Kind of Guide to Navigating the Ups and Downs of LIfe resonated with me on a deep level because my own life experiences and ‘aha’ moments coincide with Gilewicz’s ‘inside-out’ view of reality.

With real-life examples and easy to understand language, Gilewicz explores the concept of our thoughts being the source of how we experience everything around us. It is a concept that I wholeheartedly believe in.

I’ve been told that one of the reasons I excelled as an addictions counsellor was that I have a calmness about me – that when I walk into a room, a sense of tranquillity descends. I attribute this calmness directly to the ideas Gilewicz writes about. Do I have depressing or negative thoughts? Of course, I do. I live in a state of constant pain. There are often times when it gets the best of me, but I don’t give these thoughts any importance and I let them pass naturally without dwelling on them.

In this day and age where we’re seeing so many suffering from anxiety and other mental health disorders, How to Make Sure Your Life Doesn’t Suck offers a view and perspective that I believe will not only help ease the suffering of many but may very well save lives.

Gilewicz presents this notion that life is an inside-out experience in a conversational style. Reading this book is like sitting down to have a cup of coffee with a good friend. For me, it reinforced my own beliefs and gave me more to think about. How to Make Sure Your Life Doesn’t Suck is a book that I recommend highly and one that I will be buying as a gift for those precious to me.

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