The Positive Shift

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 07 Feb 2019

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I really enjoyed reading this book. The content is quite uplifting, and also quite reassuring to know that the author doesn't expect to provide a "one fits all" solution. 

I'm already familiar with the benefits of positive thinking. And that is what attracted me to the book " The positive shift", which didn't disappoint. From scientific studies to show the importance of your mindset, to guides and suggestions on how to go about shifting your mindset to a more positive one.

 It is structured in 3 sections: Discovering Mindset / Understanding Mindset / Changing Mindset. Every section is then divided in small chapters with speciphic strategies to follow in order to achieve a positive state of mind.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a great book for anyone who wants scientifically proven ways to bring more happiness into their lives! I highly recommend it, plus the cover is beautiful. This book will help you shift to a more positive mindset and bring happiness into your everyday life. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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Uplifting and easy read with lots of great science sprinkled in. While there wasn't anything game-changing, the addition of all of the references was incredibly interesting and useful for further study. The author is obviously passionate about the subject based on the sheer amount of research she did! **Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts!**
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For the New Year I thought I would try and improve my outlook on on life. This little book was a great reminder that both thinking and behaviors will help shift outcomes more toward the positive end of a problem.

The chapters are short and well researched. They have quizzes to help you determine your style and how you are progressing. 
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I recommend this book for anyone needing a little lift in their life, as I did. Thanks to NetGalley and Ben Bella books (again) for the ARC.
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Catherine Sanderson posits an interesting idea: you can be happier by simply having a more positive outlook on life. She's hardly the first person to propose this, but her approachable book is full of anecdotal evidence and scientific studies to back up her claims. Even skeptical readers could benefit from adopting a few of her suggestions, such as intentionally raising your expectations on aging, making a to-do list to deal with a stressful situation, and not comparing yourself to other people who seem better off.
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I need to be more positive so this book was a good read for me. It explains the nature of being positive with data and science to back it up. It was a little dry in parts and read more like a textbook, but ok.
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This is a book that I would recommend. Accessible and uplifting. It helps with shifting your mindset to a positive one and I enjoyed it. I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley.
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“It’s the reason why spending time on Facebook makes us feel sad and lonely. Why expensive name-brand medicines provide better pain relief than the generic stuff, even if they share the same ingredients. And why a hospital room with a good view speeds up recovery from surgery”. 

   I enjoyed this book. I found it entertaining but full of practical advice also. Its message is simple and clear. Our mindset, how we view the world, has the power to affect practically everything in our lives: our health, our memory, how long we are going to live, the quality of our life and our relationships.
    It is structured in 3 sections: Discovering Mindset / Understanding Mindset / Changing Mindset. Every section is then divided in small chapters but the interesting part is the take-home points at the end of each chapter. The author gives concrete and practical advice on how we can change our mindset to lead better lives. 
   The one thing that I found a little repetitive is the numerous studies that the author presents with a lot of details but I am sure that those will be very interesting and useful to psychology researchers, students and other writers. 
   I especially enjoyed the chapter on nature and her practical ideas on how to integrate more nature in our life and the chapter on money and how important it is to spend it on buying experiences and not things. I loved the concept that greater happiness is within our control by having a more positive mindset and by changing our behaviour.
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Thank you to Netgalley for the free copy in return for an honest review.

For the past twelve years or so, I have considered myself a positive person for the most part. I haven't always been that way and after living in some big cities, I started losing some of my positive mindset. So I thought this would be a great book to help me get back to where I was. And it really was a good start. It reminded me about the power of positive thinking and the fake it till you make it mentality. There were a couple of parts that seemed a little too much like a textbook but I really enjoyed reading about all of the studies done on positivity and how much it can help the rest of your life. We can't always do much about what happens to us but we are totally in charge of how we react to it. So why not become a more positive person and reap the benefits that can happen from making that change?
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Honest and in-depth advice for reaching your full potential.  This advice is presented in easy to follow language that can be broken up and applied in pieces at a time.
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I think "The Positive Shift" is a wonderful addition to anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives by really taking a look at their life from the outside-in.  Even those who consider themselves to be positive may uncover negativity in their own lives that could be holding them back. 
This book offered tangible solutions to use your words and actions for a positive outcome and offers up examples on how to do so.  A positive mindset will lead to not only a happier life- but a healthier one as well. Looking to make some positive changes in 2019? This is the book for you. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This book was what I needed to read this year. I always thought of myself as a positive person but after reading this book I realized I had some negativity in my life. 

What I love about this book is it isn't all rainbow and roses it is a hardcore how to implement words and action into a positive life. I like how the author gives examples and helps you to implement actions. 

After reading this book I realized I needed to purge my life of negative people and thoughts that are holding me back. I have started implementing her teachings to help me in both personal, business and health. I have already begun to see improvement.

The amazing thing about this book, which I didn’t realize until the conclusion is that there are two different ways you can make this positive shift — through your thinking and/or through your behavior. Thus by presenting so many different strategies, The Positive Shift can and will help all people who are looking for a way to become happier, healthier and live longer.

if you are looking to make a fresh start and live a more positive healthy life then this is the book you should be reading ASAP.
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Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kind of person?  Us glass half-empty people, like the author of The Positive Shift, can change our mindset and become glass half-full people with the help of the strategies presented in this book.

Dr. Catherine Sanderson has written an important book with significant real-life implications — having a positive mindset can impact one’s health and longevity, not to mention one’s well-being. There can be no doubt that Dr. Sanderson has done an extensive review of the research and theories and presents this information in an easily digestible form. How well has Sanderson researched the content of this book? Approximately 68% of the book is text and 32% is footnotes (according to my kindle).  Many of these notes are citations of psychological and medical journal articles. In addition, each chapter contains an average of 29 footnotes.

This book is easy to read and put into action.  In fact, it is perfect for today’s short-attention spans because it presents the information in bite-sized chunks — each chapter contains small sections with headers describing the content to follow.  Sanderson explains the research studies thoroughly, by presenting the study’s procedure and then the results and conclusions.  Moreover, at the end of every chapter, Sanderson presents ”take-home points,” which succinctly provides three strategies to help you implement what was discussed in that chapter to ultimately assist you in becoming a glass half-full kind of person. Throughout the book there are short quizzes which keep the reader involved and informs them how they fit with the material being presented. Some of these quizzes evaluate your failure mindset, your stress mindset, inclination to self-criticize, and inclination to make comparisons to others.

When I first looked at The Positive Shift, I saw that it was divided into three sections — 1. Discovering Mindset, 2. Understanding Mindset, and 3. Changing Mindset.  I must confess that I was a bit dismayed to see that I would have to read approximately 2/3 of the book before I would get to the practical advice (changing mindset). But I was mistaken. The first two sections are chock full of important strategies to change one’s thinking or mindset whereas the final section deals with changing behaviors.

Sanderson shows that what we think affects our health as well as how long we live. For example, we learn that beliefs about getting older impact how long people live and how they age.  A positive viewpoint leads to a happier and healthier life and focusing on what’s good instead of what’s bad leads to a longer life. As such, shifting your thinking to be more positive can improve the quality of your life and can lead to a longer life.

The real beauty of this book, which I didn’t realize until the conclusion is that there are two different ways you can make this positive shift — through your thinking and/or through your behavior. Thus by presenting so many different strategies, The Positive Shift can and will help all people who are looking for a way to become happier, healthier and live longer.

Thank you to BenBella Books and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
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This book summarizes and analyzes the results of scientific studies on various topics that are related to happiness and health. The author herself is not full of unicorns and rainbows, and clearly states so. Coming from a more pessimistic personality, she provides concrete advice and useful evidence for ways to work on shifting your perspective to be more positive. Recently having been through some negative times, I found this book to be very helpful. The only thing that detracted from my enjoyment of the book at times was that sometimes I thought there were too many summaries of scientific studies used to illustrate a point. But perhaps that is helpful for others.
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I received this book as an ARC from BenBella Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Another popular topic that is in high demand at our library is self-help and happiness. Those fly off our shelves like crazy. The positive shift really took a powerful concept and presented it in a way that was unique and different. Catherine Sanderson talks a lot about optimism in seeing the goodness of every situation and the good in every environment including online on Facebook and Instagram. Your mind is a very powerful asset if you let it be and Catherine Sanderson displayed very insightful and helpful research that really painted the whole picture on focusing your mindset on the positive side.

We will consider adding this title to our Self-Help Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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The Positive Shift is an easy read full of wonderful reminders and enforcing anecdotes on the power of positivity. Unlike many books in this genre, much of the book’s discussion centers around positivity and aging. Yes, this has been done before, but not quite in the same manner. Many of us are aware that a positive mindset affects both base-levels of happiness and longevity. But did you know that it also affects our hormones? There are a lot of great reminders that context matters, as do perception and our ability to reframe stress and the labels that we use. A solid four stars.
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Some of this is cliches we’ve all heard before. However, I’m trying hard to be really present in all of my books, so I looked beyond the cliches and really took to heart what was being said in this book and it’s good to reaffirm things you may have already heard and put them into practice in your life to better yourself. This book helped to remind me of that:
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I can’t download this file type on any of my devices, as soon as there is another format, I will review it.
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Sorry but the only copy I am able to download is unreadable (adobe editions).  Please can you make it available in kindle format and I will read and review it.  Thank You
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