Keep Calm, Slow Down and Open Yourself Up to Life’s Little Pleasures [REVIEW]
March 31, 2017 2 Comments
Author Jane Austen once said, “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” This comes from a woman who was born in 1775, long before the Information Age, which has whipped all of us into a frenzy, hurtling us through life at the speed of light. Cell phones. Twitter. The Internet. Twenty-four hour news cycles. It gets to the best of us, which is why I love the new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down: A Book of Everyday Calm. Here, bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer reminds us about all the many ways to unwind.
This is a list book which is compiled much like her previous bestseller, 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. But this time out, Dr. Kipfer joins forces with National Geographic in order to inspire us all and help the overwhelmed people of the world unplug and keep their cool.
One of the things I love most about this volume is that it is small enough to keep in my desk drawer as a ready reference for those days when my head starts to ache and my eyes cross from information overload. It’s moments like those that make us simply want to make a change.
Sometimes, that is easier said than done. That’s why Kipfer’s 1,001 suggestions are so helpful. They’re quick and succinct, but make so much sense, and they remind us that it is the simple things in life that rejuvenate us the most. Below are some of my favorites.
Spend hours in a coffee shop reading.
Take time for long, thoughtful conversations with interesting people.
Stop criticizing the too-slow waiter.
As you cut and arrange flowers, ponder nature and how she takes her time creating these beautiful gifts.
Bake homemade bread.
Watch the waves at the beach.
See what I mean? Each of these remedies provide us with those “Aha!” moments Oprah always talks about, all designed to keep us centered, relaxed and rejuvenated. It’s also why this book is now on my personal list of favorite things.
Barbara Ann Kipfer’s 1,001 Ways to Slow Down should be on everyone’s must-read list. It also makes the ideal gift for all those harried people in your life who never seem to have a moment to catch their breath. Packed full of humor, whimsy, insight, practical wisdom and easy-to-follow advice, this should be mandatory reading for everyone, particularly anyone in high stress situations. It is the kind of book that reminds us we don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on psychiatry bills to chill out. Sometimes all we have to do is sit still and open ourselves up to life’s little pleasures.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer is the bestselling author of 1,001 Ways to Live Wild, The Wish List, The Order of Things, Self-Meditation, Instant Karma, and 14,000 Things to be Happy About, which has more than 1.25 million copies in print. She has also written more than 70 other publications, including list, happiness, inspirational and reference books.
A registered professional archaeologist, Barbara holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Exeter; a Ph.D. in Archaeology and an M.A. from Greenwich University; a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Akamai University; and a B.S. in Physical Education from Valparaiso University.
Dr. Kipfer is Chief Lexicographer of Temnos. She has worked for Answers.com, Ask Jeeves and Ask.com, Bellcore (now Ericsson), Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, General Electric Research, Google, IBM Research, Idealab and Knowledge Adventure, The Chicago Tribune, and WolframAlpha.
Visit her home on the Web at ThingsToBeHappyAbout.com and follow her on Pinterest or Twitter.
1,001 Ways to Slow Down is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.
p.s. As you’re waiting for your copy of the book to arrive in the mail, watch the video below. It’s one of my favorite songs, here performed by yet another Babs, which reminds us of the beauty of slowing down.