Holistic Habits: Build Your Best Life One Small Change at a Time

Leaping Hare. Dec. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9780711289642. pap. $20. SELF-HELP
Rushton (cofounder of the blog This Conscious Life; editor of Oh magazine) joins with De Kwant (Flow magazine) to offer readers a gentle and affirming guided tour through bite-size, low-lift efforts to improve their sense of well-being. Organized into 12 chapters covering a range of times of day, challenges, desires, and practices—waking up, falling asleep, decluttering, fostering gratitude, exercise, and fun—each section provides ideas to try, prompts to consider, and practices to adopt. Examples include making a list of the four most pressing thoughts for the next day before giving oneself permission to shut down and get ready for sleep. Contrary to the title, not all elements in the book are habits; some are activities readers are likely to do occasionally, such as noticing a patch of garden during the morning and evening or writing a personal lullaby.
VERDICT Designed as a journal readers can use as a means of self-care, self-reflection, and inspiration, this collection of gentle ideas will please those looking for diary prompts. Most pages are worksheets or include spaces to add personal art and reflections.
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