Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blog Tour: 50 Ways To Feel Great Today (review & info)

Take a nap, redecorate your home, become a mentor.

Those are three of the things authors David B. Biebel and James and Bobbie Dill, recommend a person can do to “feel great” today and beat stress.

In their new book, 50 Ways to Feel Great Today, the writing trio offers medical and spiritual advice regarding 50 things anyone can do to brighten their mood.

They include scientific research, scriptural references and real-life anecdotes, to help a person approach mental health and well-being from an emotional, spiritual and physical perspective.

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

Some of the 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.

Go fishing. It offers a chance to spend time outdoors, experience some adventure, or encourage quiet time and reflection.

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.

Their suggestions offer readers with a chance to find a way to “pick” themselves up, without overwhelming them with lots of things to do.

What Did I Think?
I found the suggestions easy to grasp, and in many cases, easy to implement into your life.

In fact, one idea “kidnap someone you love” seemed quite fun and adventurous. (Basically, you plan either a weekend get-a-way, or an afternoon adventure for someone you love – aka. a spouse, sibling, family member or close friend – and plan all of the details so they don’t have to worry about it. Then surprise them with the adventure in an unexpected way.

In all, while many of the suggestions in the book are not unique, the authors have woven together 50 helpful ideas that will remind people, male or female alike, to step back and take care of themselves.

Who knows, you might just find yourself flying a kite, if you take one of their ideas to heart.

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.

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. For more info, vist: www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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