What Does It Matter? Live with Less Stress and More Joy

Post Hill. Feb. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781637585481. $28. SELF-HELP
Leadership coach and singer/songwriter Pears encourages readers to embrace curiosity and gratitude while breaking cycles of negative thinking. She suggests asking the core question “What does it matter?” (WDIM) as an exercise in perspective that focuses attention and allows one to reframe, stopping internal chatter that can block solutions when big decisions or problem relationships present themselves. Shedding unhealthy beliefs creates room to find a personal form of oxygen in order to courageously be true to who you are. The illusion of control, incessant worry, mindless spending, and perfectionism are some of the habits that need spiritual and psychological examination. Mindfulness, meditation and prayer are muscles people can develop to define an issue, decide its importance and create a plan.
VERDICT Pears leads an intriguing life in the musical arts and spiritual team leadership. While the content is not particularly original, she pulls from experts whose works have guided her. The spiritual tone lightly infuses a reassuring message to help alleviate distress and create joy.
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