Smarts and Stamina — A Book Review — Positive Psychology News

I have been Expecting Marie-Josée Shaar along with Kathryn Britton’s new Publication: Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance for Many months now and It’s Much Better than I had Expected.

According to Dr. Liana Lianov of Harvard Medical School, nearly all of the top 10 leading causes of death among American adults are related to lifestyle routines. Taking this to heart, the writers do not think of what you ‘should’ be doing to be wholesome, or guarantee if you follow their guidance you will look like Jennifer Aniston in just 6 months. Their focus is on directing the reader to enhance habits that are everyday that are private to be wholesome, by helping you build your health abilities, and they do it. Their approach is simple and realistic: create small changes.

The Smarts and Stamina (SaS) Compass Model

The book is based on research and intelligently weaves on self-regulation, goal pursuit, and change in the study in psychology to help individuals make sustainable change to their behaviour. Their approach is guided by both the Smarts and Stamina (SaS) Compass that has four factors:

  1. Sleep
     
  2. Food
     
  3. Disposition
     
  4. Exercise

The authors start with a discussion of four how they affect how you are feeling as well as biochemicals; dopamine, dopamine, leptin, and cortisol and subsequently behave. Our capacity is boosted by some biochemicals. Our levels are also affected by our habits in the four SaS Compass areas in our body while behaviour affects. All four main points are mutually strengthening. As an example, physical activity increases serotonin levels and functions as a stress-reliever that leads to sleep. Sleep balances all four biochemicals that keep positive emotions and may suppress food cravings. Health leads to sleep and so forth.

50 Avenues to Good Health

The book consists of a workbook format that offers 50 different avenues to good health with excellent reflective questions, exercises, evaluations, and tips for changing habits in most four SaS Compass stage areas. The aim isn’t to overwhelm people. Instead the authors suggest beginning with a single place and investigating the route(s) that functions for you. The book is also written so well it’s a pleasure to pick and use it to come.

For all those 50 avenues, the authors have supplied a comprehensive guide for placing it into activity, including:

  1. Science claims: This section describes the study that supports this particular route.
     
  2. Story: The writers talk about stories of individuals they’ve worked with that had difficulties in this region and after that successfully implemented the route for good outcomes.
     
  3. Build the Skills: The authors then explain how to build skills in this area.
     
    • Mindfulness: The writers ask powerful questions here in order to get individuals to reflect on what is currently working for you in this area. This was among my favorite parts of the workbook. I really felt much better about myself when I was able to think on what I already do well and it caused me to think about how I could do much more of everything I was already doing. Here is the first book I have read that offers a approach to health. I believe that is precisely what sets this workbook apart from the others in a potent way.
       
    • Program & Execute: Activities that cause you to do it.
       
    • Onward & Upward: A final reflection about what could be gained from this route that may carry over into other avenues or other features of your own life.

Among the things which I found helpful was how the writers accommodated the learning concept of Mindset of Carol Dweck to behavioral shift may impact in the wellness area. After taking this evaluation, I found that while I had a development mindset as far as food went, I had some work to do in the exercise arena.

A Intelligent Resource for Positive Psychology Practitioners

I am already using the book as an intelligent source for ideas to immediately implement with my clients. One of my avenues is ‘Can a Mini.’ This route gives actions people can do in work that gives them an chance to really have a 10-minute meditation session that may instantly relieve tension and energize them for work.

While I love the suggestions for my organizational clients, I started to get excited about using the workbook to increase my wellbeing.

Vegetables in the Farmer’s Market

This past weekend I tried the avenues ‘Fall in love with Veggies’ and ‘Jazz Matters Up,’ that give you advice on how to add new veggies to a thing or prepare the veggies you adore in brand new ways. This weekend I bought my beloved veggies, but this time I asked the farmer I asked other customers and how he/she cooked them. I received a number of answers I hadn’t ever thought of the past. What I love about the book is the fact that it suggests simple modifications to your food thing rather than suggesting that I supplement with foods found in the trunk jungles of Colombia.

This workbook is a excellent resource for professionals and positive psychology coaches who wish to help clients achieve optimum wellness, but it is also a terrific resource for anybody wanting to be healthier. And today I’m off to get a great recipe for oyster and shiitake mushrooms … Everybody have a fantastic recipe to share?

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