When Happiness Is Not Enough
I"m not big on buying or even reading "self help" books, so when I was given this book I wasn't sure whether I would be interested at all. I found the first few chapters a bit of a slog to read, but after that I found that I pretty much flew through the rest of the book, able to enjoy the balance of fact/ advice, and the little anecdotal snippets that added humour and experiences to the book.
I found myself nodding as a I read sections of the book, easily linking it to my own feelings/ experiences. One section that leapt out at me (in the relationships area) was Mr Pleasure meets Mrs Acheivement (basically discussing how Mr Pleasure was looking forward to a whole day on the computer etc, while Mrs Achievement was looking at the house with basic horror not knowing where to start)... which very much sums up my marriage!! Reading that segment of the book with DH helped us both understand each other just that little more- which is always helpful in a relationship.
Since reading this book I'm certainly more aware to make an effort to find balance in my own life (especially between work and home) and to make sure that I do STOP and appreciate the sense of achievement when I finish something, rather than simply moving onto the next thing I need to do.
I would happily recommend this book to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or stressed- which most parents are! As it says at the start of the book "It's a book that invites us all to stop for a moment. And to think about the choices we make" I can see myself returning to this book over time just to reflect on different chapters, to keep an eye on my own life balance.