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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Sharpen Your Positive Edge: Shifting Your Thoughts for More Positivity and Success by Tina Hallis is a non-fiction book on how to change one’s mindset and incorporate positivity in daily life. The book starts off with a short introduction on how we, as human beings, are naturally wired to anticipate the negative due to our evolutionary history of survival in extreme conditions. Tina states that, with training and tips, one can condition one’s mind to reflect and focus on the positive things rather than the negative. She then presents 80 broad points on ways and techniques to do this, some of which include cultivating better relationships, importance of social connections and friendships, health, communicating positively, the power of dreams and imagination, the importance of gratitude, breathing techniques, focusing on happiness and well-being, and much more. Each of these 80 short sections is followed by a question or exercise for the reader.
I thought Sharpen Your Positive Edge is a well-written and well-presented book that is clear and easy to follow. I liked how simple it was to move through this book and, in fact, the sections can be read in any order, although I would recommend reading them in the order in which they are written. Although the writing style is fluid and engaging, some of the points made in the book appeared to be oversimplified, such as the section on trauma. There are people who undergo trauma or suffering of any kind and never get through it, which results in a functional impairment in life at the emotional level. However, I felt that some parts of the book appeared to assume that people often get through such things and come out unscathed. That being said, this could just be my subjective perception. Overall, I felt that the strategies in this book are inspiring, useful, and easy for an average person to incorporate into their lives.