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52 Small Changes for the Mind: Improve Memory * Minimize Stress * Increase Productivity * Boost Happiness

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Small changes work. In this practical book, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and well-being. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Chronicle Books (first published July 28th 2015)
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Jason Pettus
This is almost the textbook definition of a book you should check out of the library instead of buying: for while certainly the 52 small pieces of advice given here on making your brain sharper and more resilient are absolutely valid things you should be doing, it's still just a list of 52 things, which could've fit on a single piece of paper if the author hadn't written an unnecessary four extra pages of description for each. (I'm sorry, but I simply don't need four pages of explanation to unde ...more
SheLove2Read
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Save yourself 99c. An interesting idea but nothing I haven't read in a hundred other internet self help articles. ...more
Chrissy
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This is a great book for those with anxiety. It breaks down small and simple changes week by week over the course of a year. Each change helps greatly with anxiety. Definitely worth a read if you or a loved one has a mental illness.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Brett Blumenthal offers fifty-two suggestions, one for each week, for small changes anyone can make to their lives. Each idea is based on research, and each one is very small. Some of the ideas include minimizing screen time, reading for pleasure, eating brain-boosting fruits and vegetables, and giving thanks.

Completely doable.
Maurice Rubino
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Change per week Toward a Life of Fulfillment

This book is filled with ideas to having a joyful life. It is a guide to the steps you can take to make the changes required to live a live filled with happiness, awareness and generosity.

It also includes worksheets that you can use to reinforce your thoughts and track your results. I will use this book continuously as a manual toward a better life.

Kelly
Nothing groundbreaking and plenty of annoying ideas, but it was nice to be reminded about a few small things that are easy to weave into one's day to day that enhance, rather than detract, from enjoyment. I especially found the bit about the power of music a nice reminder. ...more
Tiffany Seelye
I checked this book out from the library so I just read it like a regular book instead of one chapter weekly like recommended. I actually found this to be one of the more helpful personal development books out there. There were some topics that I already do on a daily basis but I discovered many more that are small easy changes that I can add to my daily routine. I really appreciated that the tips were general tips that almost anyone could do and that it wasn't written for people who are at abso ...more
Isabella Roland
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I grabbed this on my way out of the library because I am a big fan of positive change books. The advice in this is presented in an action, reason for action, and plan of action. I like that format. The problem is that the actions are so commonplace that we’ve all heard them before. Get more sleep, exercise, meditate, be grateful, smile… I just didn’t get anything out of this book at all. If this is all it takes to get published, maybe I should start writing.
Allison
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book started out strong, but fizzled really quickly for me. The weekly topics got less researched and more mundane.

That said, I enjoyed the first 5 or so weeks and thought the content was good. I kicked off a new habit of writing in a journal that I'm going strong on a month in too. :)
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Ashley Peterson
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal lays out a year-long series of weekly small changes that you can make to improve your overall mental wellbeing. It’s not specifically geared towards people with mental illness, but there are plenty of common sense, realistic ideas that could be useful for anyone.

The book is laid out in 52 chapters, each devoted to one type of small change. The author explains why each change is helpful, throws in a research-based factoid or two, and gives practic
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Karen Mateus
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Elizabeth
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very well researched piece. Not only does each change improve a certain part of the reader's life, but it is supported by research and is broken down into how to achieve each change.

I chose to read this book over a year, reading a chapter a week. I intended to practice each change during the week in which I was reading the chapter. This didn't work out so well for me. I lack the ability to be consistent in such endeavors. :) However I think that if you're good with this kind of consist
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Pam
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A fairly straight forward list of 52 changes to make to improve your mind. This book is supposed to be used over the course of a full year by making one small change every week. Some changes are more basic and obvious than others as would be expected. The suggestions for implementation offer tips and methods to implement the weekly change. I wouldn't use this as a weekly primer but glad I read through the ideas and tips. ...more
Mommooshka
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book straight through rather than a week at a time, and gained insight to a number of changes to makes to help my mind. Some ideas were simple and suggestions I'll use, while others we too involved or I didn't feel a need to make changes in those area. Worthwhile read that you can skim over topics you're not interested in. ...more
Michael MacDonald
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great inspiration

Lots of great ideas drawn from sound research (mostly).

There’s some flakey stuff in there too, but take as a whole, the book is a valuable resource. The flakey ideas don’t detract from its usefulness in any way. All told, I found the book had about 48 good suggestions and 4 that simply didn’t work nor appeal for me.

Definitely worth picking up.
Ashley
This book is meant to be read and used for 52 weeks. The idea of this book is to help improve your life, I myself have started a journal. I recommend you get this book at the library and flip through it to see if you would be interested in this book before you buy it. This book also has some helpful end pages and a source page. ~Ashley
Dora
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
52 Small Changes for the Mind

Blumenthal reviews 52 small changes that can benefit our minds, improve memory, and minimize stress. None of the changes are too terrible for people who are resistant to change. The changes are backed up by research. This is a very readable book.
Elaine
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve heard about many of the chapter topics before, but it’s a great, easy to follow compilation of small changes for the mind that can end up producing positive results. I even adopted a few changes myself and they (along with my divorce) contributed to my increased memory :-)
Cheri A Boyce
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Structure for disorganized thinkers

Great ideas and worksheets for organizing one's thoughts. Wonderful read for pandemic isolation.
Thank you Brett Blumenthal. I am looking forward to your next book.
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Tiffany Fox
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Research-based and easy to implement

I read books similar to this one all the time, and this one really has it all. I especially appreciate how simple the tips are to implement, and the resources in the appendix are great. Well done!
Cindy Wise
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
lots of good ideas for making changes in our lives that will lead to happiness.
Eunice
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Its a great challenge book! A lot to do during each week of the year....
stuart henry
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book

Good content and well written. Really mAkes one look at their life and see what path they are taking. Great book to always keep around to come back to.
Maureen
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this little book of small things that can leader to greater satisfaction.
Melissa Jung
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
One year later! A lot of this was not groundbreaking but I did come away with some new ideas, and it’s got some good worksheets in the back.
Yasinta Yati
Mar 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
why do I cant go further that chapter 4?
Michael McGiboney
Good collection of tips but nothing unique.
Eddie Mikell
Oct 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A freebie that is worth exactly that. Why did I read this - o - I forgot.
Jimmy Smith
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree that it is the small changes that lead to big results.
Ashley McGinn
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of great tips!
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