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'The Well Life' by Briana and Dr. Peter Borten offers readers the secret to living an exceptional life in balance, with fulfilling work and leisure time, meaningful relationships, and time for oneself.

Book Review: ‘The Well Life: How to Use Structure, Sweetness, and Space to Create Balance, Happiness, and Peace,’ by Briana Borten and Dr. Peter Borten

welloflifebookcoverIf day-to-day life feels like a grind, and the purposeful, contented life you imagined seems beyond your grasp, do yourself a favor and pick up The Well Life: How to Use Structure, Sweetness and Space to Create Balance, Happiness and Peace, by wellness coaches Briana and Dr. Peter Borten.

The Borten’s commonsense, actionable advice helps you take off the blinders that make jobs, relationships, or unhealthy habits seem like a rut. This health practitioner duo motivates readers to effectively optimize their energy, their opportunities, and their unique talents.

The authors point out the problem with living fast and furiously: it forces you to engage with the world at a much shallower level. Time goes by quickly, you age more rapidly, and life goes by without giving it the attention it deserves. Instead, as they write, readers need to learn how to slow down, connect more deeply with themselves and the world, and really feel life as it’s happening. Their three-pronged approach creates an awareness of the principles of Sweetness, Structure, and Space.

Sweetness entails connecting with those moments and activities that feed your soul; being out in nature, singing out loud, cooking, creating, and so on. Structure is a way of intentionally shaping and managing the successful, meaningful, and happy life you seek. And Space is where you listen — not to your thoughts or your media — but to the stillness within you, where Truth lives.

Acknowledging that changing negative thought patterns into positive ones can be challenging, the Bortens detail a way of taking multiple small steps that can ultimately help shift your perspective more easily. For example, if you were to rate yourself as a 3 out of 10 on the happiness scale, you’re more likely to be successful shooting for a 4 than a 10. By experiencing those incremental successes we gain the momentum we need to make further progress.

The Bortens ask readers to answer focused, illuminating questions, such as: What kind of person do you want to be? How do you want your life to look? What do you want to share with the world? They emphasize that, by consciously arriving at a decision, you “invoke a magnetism that brings a multitude of positive qualities with it, such as curiosity, amusement, fascination, momentum, challenge, and determination.”

The Well Life guides readers on a path to discover their Higher Selves. From utilizing stress-reducing breathing techniques, to taking on only those commitments you intend to keep, to identifying and playing to your strengths, the Bortens pack dozens of mindful living tips into their achievable steps for attaining wellness.

To learn more about the Bortens and their book, The Well Life, visit their web site The Dragon Tree.

About Patricia Gale

Patricia Gale has written and ghostwritten hundreds of blogs and articles that have appeared on sites such as Psychology Today, Forbes, and Huffington Post, and in countless national newspapers and magazines. Her "beat" is health, business, career, self-help, parenting, and relationships.

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