August 4, 2008

Book Review - Slowing Down to the Speed of Life

The hectic pace of life today has increased stress and had negative effects on people's physical health and happiness. Carlson and Bailey assert that by changing the way you think about your life and the events going on around you, you can feel like you are slowing down your life. Using anecdotes from their own lives and the experiences of patients and friends, the authors suggest simple techniques to stop your mind from spinning in destructive spirals and focus on the present moment instead. They also offer a similar strategy for reducing stress. Carlson and Bailey argue that most stress is generated by the way that we think. By changing our own opinions and thinking processes, they believe that much of our stress can be avoided or relieved. After presenting the basic principles of this practice, a school of thought called Psychology of the Mind, the authors concentrate on how these strategies apply to relationships, parenting, the work environment, and having an enjoyable and fulfilling life.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out

Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey

BF 637 .T5 C37 1997