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The Well-Lived Laugh: Designing a Life That Keeps You Smiling

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Rachel St John-Gilbert realised Oprah’s job was already ta

    Rachel St John-Gilbert realised Oprah’s job was already taken and ” being a deep thinker and encourager by nature, I dabbled in the writing world to see if God might use these gifts in that field”.

    Well Lived Laugh (Designing A Life That Keeps You Smiling)  is one of her books written about ” some of the pressures that weighs on womens’ minds” and encourages the reader to ” decide for themselves how to view them”.

    At the end of each chapter is a questionaire section designed to help you decide how seriously you feel pressured by that chapters topic. The questions are designed to determine whether you need to ‘ease up’ the pressure you may be putting on yourself.

    Chapters deal with common pressures women face, such as weight ,youthfulness, doing it all and making something of yourself. St John-Gilbert is know for her quirky, humourous style and the anecdotes in this book help illustrate each topic in a very low-pressure and relatable way. Yet, this is not a book about ‘giving up’ or avoiding pressure. St John-Gilbert acknowledges that ” not all pressures are bad-some are a catalyst to positive change.” 

    The main message is knowing your priorities. When we determine our priorities, rather than allowing outside pressures to govern us, we can live by our beliefs and actions with confidence and enthusiasm rather than burning out trying to live by standards that are imposed by society or our need to be perfect or liked.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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