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Nip It: Stop Negativity Moment By Moment

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Every person’s life has room for more positivity, and positivity is always your choice. The personal stories and real-life situations in Nip It challenge you to see your life as a series of individual moments over which you have control. Then you can choose to “nip” the negative moments and turn them into something more positive. The authors provide hints and tips to help you recognize the negative situations you encounter, find ways to change their impact, and help you shift the outcomes from negative to positive. By the end of the book, you will have a toolset that will allow you to act rather than react when faced with a negative moment. When you apply the techniques that are outlined, you can begin to experience more positive life moments. And with practice, you’ll find that your positive moments turn into positive hours, then positive days, weeks, and months, which can lead to an overall life of greater positivity.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time now and I wish I would’ve picked it up sooner because therapeutic techniques are being used in ways that are easy to grasp. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is often used to target different types of negative thinking, or automatic thoughts, such as all-or-nothing thinking (this is big for people who tend to be perfectionists), disqualifying the positives, negative self-labeling, and, mind reading (so and so thinks X,Y,Z of me), catastrophizing (always thinking of possible outcomes as worst case scenarios). CBT is then used to challenge those automatic thoughts.

With this book, you can be equipped to manage negativity because if it is left unchecked, it can lead to anxiety, to depression, and for some, to self-medicating. It is much easier to dwell on the negatives, especially when it has become a habit. However, as the authors teach, if you view a situation as a choice, you see that you’re not helpless, you don’t have to respond the same way every time, and that you DO have the power to change.

It’s an easy read that blends humor and practicality. Life doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. Think of a baby bird that is pushed out of the nest. You don’t have to hit the ground. Flap those wings and fly!

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