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My Top 5 Changes from 52 Small Changes for the Family

52 Small Changes for the FamilyI’m thrilled to announce today (3/12/19) is the launch of my new book, 52 Small Changes for the Family.

This is the 3rd and latest book in my 52 Small Changes series, and I teamed up with family health practitioner Danielle Shea Tan to develop a year’s worth of small, research-backed changes that you can make for your family each week.

As with my other books in the series, the idea is simple: make one small change a week for 52 weeks and at the end of the year, you and your children will enjoy a happier, healthier lifestyle. Each chapter can be read in just a few minutes before starting the week, and features a “Path to Change,” tips and recommendations to help you successfully implement the change. It’s practical, actionable advice and it doesn’t take a lot of time, but your family will see major benefits, as a result!

Click to Tweet: One year to a happier, healthier FAMILY. All it takes is one small change per week! Get the book now: via @brettblumenthal

In honor of the launch of the book, I wanted to share my five favorite changes from the book. I’ve included the chapter of the book so you can read more when you’ve got your copy in your hands.

  1. Say Thanks (Week 9): This chapter focuses on practicing gratitude. Gratitude is about more than being thankful; it requires us to focus on the joyful aspects of life and the habit of applying positivity to overcome negative experiences. Simply getting into the habit of saying thanks and recognizing the good in life can go a long way towards a gratitude practice and helping your family spread their positivity to people around them and your community at large.
  2. Explore Nature (Week 18): Spending time in nature is one of the best ways to boost your family’s health and happiness. As a society, our time with nature is diminishing, studies show, and this disconnection is resulting in a decline in health. Spending time in nature allows families to slow down and connect with one another. This chapter includes actionable tips for family-friendly ways to get back into nature, from a simple stroll in a leafy neighborhood to growing a garden to exploring the idea of a nature-based camp or school for your children.
  3. Love to Do, Not to Have (Week 28): The popularity of Marie Kondo confirms it: the never-ending cycle of consumerism isn’t really bringing us happiness. Psychologists and researchers have shown that we experience more enjoyment by spending money on an experience as opposed to a material possession. As time passes, our enthusiasm for possession wanes, but our emotional connection to our experiences grows.
  4. Live Intentionally (Week 44): Studies have shown that living mindfully, and focusing on the moment instead of constantly letting your mind wander elsewhere, has a number of mental and physical health benefits for kids and adults alike. A key component of being mindful is being deliberate about the choices we make in life, instead of living on autopilot. This chapter’s Path to Change walks you through simple steps you can take to live more mindfully. All the details are in Chapter 44 of the book.
  5. Go Global (Week 52): Research has found people with multicultural experiences are more innovative and creative problem solvers, better at conflict management, can adapt in unfamiliar situations and achieve great career success. From learning a second language to undergoing cross-cultural experiences, going global can help with flexibility, problem solving, academic achievement, creativity and more. If this sounds difficult, it’s not. We don’t suggest annual intercontinental trips or expensive language lessons. Instead, we provide ideas, from the simple to the grand, so you can make global experiences a lifelong journey for your family.

If these 5 changes have piqued your interest, I promise you’ll love the other 47 changes, as well. Head on over to Amazon and get your copy of 52 Small Changes for the Family now!

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