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The Kindness Method is the key to breaking unwanted habits—for good! Combining her own therapeutic style, personal experiences, and techniques learned from working in the field of substance abuse, Shahroo Izadi shares simple steps that strengthen your willpower like a muscle, allowing you to sustain your motivation and make lasting change in your life. Shahroo’s completely The Kindness Method is the key to breaking unwanted habits—for good! Combining her own therapeutic style, personal experiences, and techniques learned from working in the field of substance abuse, Shahroo Izadi shares simple steps that strengthen your willpower like a muscle, allowing you to sustain your motivation and make lasting change in your life. Shahroo’s completely non-judgmental process for mapping and channeling your habits is based on the principle of treating yourself with the compassion and understanding that it is often only reserved for other people. From procrastination to issues of body image, this method works by creating a custom plan—mapped by you, for you, and driven by self-motivation.


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The Kindness Method is the key to breaking unwanted habits—for good! Combining her own therapeutic style, personal experiences, and techniques learned from working in the field of substance abuse, Shahroo Izadi shares simple steps that strengthen your willpower like a muscle, allowing you to sustain your motivation and make lasting change in your life. Shahroo’s completely The Kindness Method is the key to breaking unwanted habits—for good! Combining her own therapeutic style, personal experiences, and techniques learned from working in the field of substance abuse, Shahroo Izadi shares simple steps that strengthen your willpower like a muscle, allowing you to sustain your motivation and make lasting change in your life. Shahroo’s completely non-judgmental process for mapping and channeling your habits is based on the principle of treating yourself with the compassion and understanding that it is often only reserved for other people. From procrastination to issues of body image, this method works by creating a custom plan—mapped by you, for you, and driven by self-motivation.

30 review for The Kindness Method: Changing Habits for Good

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty ❤️

    The Kindness Method is a self-help guide to help you change a habit permanently and I’m not entirely sure if it does. There was an awful lot of waffle before the book really got started. The author does say that 80% of her clients are there for addiction issues and her field of experience is in substance misuse and I felt that this book was for those people. It didn’t feel like a self help workbook for the general public to use improve their lives. It appears to have got a lot of positive review The Kindness Method is a self-help guide to help you change a habit permanently and I’m not entirely sure if it does. There was an awful lot of waffle before the book really got started. The author does say that 80% of her clients are there for addiction issues and her field of experience is in substance misuse and I felt that this book was for those people. It didn’t feel like a self help workbook for the general public to use improve their lives. It appears to have got a lot of positive reviews elsewhere so maybe this book just wasn’t for me. Free arc from netgalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Val Robson

    The Kindness Method is a self-help guide to help you change a habit for good. This might be something big or something small. Shahroo Izadi has developed this method via her experience of working with clients with addictions. But this method isn’t just for addictions – it about changing any habit and can just as easily be applied to taking up something, such as getting fit, as giving something up. Shahroo’s approach involves starting with writing yourself a Snapshot Letter which summarises your The Kindness Method is a self-help guide to help you change a habit for good. This might be something big or something small. Shahroo Izadi has developed this method via her experience of working with clients with addictions. But this method isn’t just for addictions – it about changing any habit and can just as easily be applied to taking up something, such as getting fit, as giving something up. Shahroo’s approach involves starting with writing yourself a Snapshot Letter which summarises your thoughts and feelings at the start of the process. This is helpful to go back to as often we later trivialise a problem when we’re having a good day and go back to old habits as we think all is okay on that good day. She then goes through a series of a dozen or so maps that you create in your own handwriting. You use these in various ways, some to compare to one another and others to look at when you are not doing so well at changing the habit you are aiming at. The maps provide insights into our behaviour and knowledge of triggers that cause us to behave in ways we would rather not. These maps are fluid and can be added to and changed. I was reading this on a Kindle so was frustrated as the images to show examples of the maps were not visible. Hopefully this will be fixed in the final version. I have since downloaded a pdf version onto my computer and can see the example maps which helps a lot. I like Shahroo’s approach and I plan to spend some time working through the Kindness Method. It’s the sort of book where you can keep going back to it and get a bit more out of it as you gain a bit more insight into your behaviour. Shahroo’s urges you to look for ways to be kind to yourself, not to beat yourself up if things are going to plan. As she points out, if a friend has done something wrong or foolish we wouldn’t berate them but would try and say something encouraging. So why don’t we do that to ourselves when we know we’ve done something wrong or foolish? She also urges us not trying to be too unrealistic and drastic in seeking change. For instance, don’t go from spending hours on social media to deleting all your accounts. Plan to spend a limited amount of time on them instead. With thanks to NetGalley and Bluebird publishers (Pan Macmillan) for inviting me to read a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jena Henry

    How many times have you tried a new diet, blown the new diet, and yelled at yourself? Or what about drinking- tired of the hangovers? But, it’s so hard to stop drinking. What’s wrong with you? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you. That’s the message I learned from author Shahroo Izadi who has written an excellent book, The Kindness Method- Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding. She has worked as a drug counsellor and also has faced a weight challenge, so she knows how How many times have you tried a new diet, blown the new diet, and yelled at yourself? Or what about drinking- tired of the hangovers? But, it’s so hard to stop drinking. What’s wrong with you? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you. That’s the message I learned from author Shahroo Izadi who has written an excellent book, The Kindness Method- Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding. She has worked as a drug counsellor and also has faced a weight challenge, so she knows how to focus on changing habits. Her premise is that we should show compassion, forgiveness and kindness to ourselves. When we have trouble making a life change, it’s not because we are “bad”, or “weak” or “lazy.” Would you say those words to other people? Please don’t say them to yourself! Instead, learn to be kind to yourself. “Kindness” means taking action to create your most enjoyable and exciting life. Look at the big picture! “Kindness” is not following for the latest fad or quick-fix. With friendly, understanding language, the author shares her step-by step process of using maps and journals to learn more about yourself and prepare to have the rich and fulfilling life you want. Shahroo Izadi is a Behavioral Change Specialist. She provides relapse prevention coaching and support groups at a recovery house for young women in addition to delivering sold-out workshops designed to help people change any habit on their own terms. Her work has drawn attention from BBC Radio 1, The Telegraph, Red Magazine, The Pool, and more. Her laid-back, non-judgmental style that rejects the traditional professional-patient dynamic has proven to be a huge success and her ambition is to make evidence-based psychological tools accessible to the public. Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Essentials for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Petrucha

    I might be too nice with the stars. But when a book actually helps me, it deserves those 5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book is far more serious than most in the self-help genre. It's more self-therapy. The central concept of the book is that most things we want to change about ourselves are more the symptoms than the problem, and while we can often fix symptoms briefly if you don't deal with the underlying problem the chance of either a relapse or an alternate symptom appearing are. And, fundamentally at least, that's basically a cornerstone of peeking into the human psyche; a lot of what we do doesn't alway This book is far more serious than most in the self-help genre. It's more self-therapy. The central concept of the book is that most things we want to change about ourselves are more the symptoms than the problem, and while we can often fix symptoms briefly if you don't deal with the underlying problem the chance of either a relapse or an alternate symptom appearing are. And, fundamentally at least, that's basically a cornerstone of peeking into the human psyche; a lot of what we do doesn't always have visible motivations. Or more accurately we often ignore the real motivation because it's easier to look at the visible symptoms and try dealing with those. And this book is about giving you the tools to undertake some self-analysis and try to get to the core problems. And that's what I really like about it. It's doing self-care in a serious and sensible manner. That does make it less accessible at times. In truth, it feels more like a homework book therapists can give to patients because the number of maps you're encouraged to write make this more of a workbook than a reading book. If you read on the train to work, or in the bath, or even just in bed... you may not feel comfortable or able to pull out your notepad and start making maps about your life. I'm pretty sure you won't want to stand up in the middle of a cafe and start making affirmations into a mirror either. So don't expect this to be a book you can read. If you want to use the tools to make changes you pretty much need to start blocking out time to sit at a table or desk and do the assignments. All of which comes back to the reason this book may not be for everyone. It does self-care seriously. It's not a quick fix, it's not an instant pick me up. If you're looking for a book to encourage you to make a small change without really having to commit to some kind of process you should look elsewhere. If you're looking for a more serious aid to addressing deep down issues and making huge changes to your life... well this book is a start. But if you're that committed already you'd probably get even more from a session with the author than you will from reading her book. It's a great first step and I can see it really helping as part of a bigger picture.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is an approach to personal transformation I have not seen before. I like it. I like her focus on movement toward who I want to be rather than away from the parts of me I don't like. I like her thought provoking map sessions. Even though I have read a ton of personal development books, I still learned something about myself with her exercises. I like how she helps us develop a plan based on our learning who we are, what motivates us and makes us feel authentic. I really liked her section on This is an approach to personal transformation I have not seen before. I like it. I like her focus on movement toward who I want to be rather than away from the parts of me I don't like. I like her thought provoking map sessions. Even though I have read a ton of personal development books, I still learned something about myself with her exercises. I like how she helps us develop a plan based on our learning who we are, what motivates us and makes us feel authentic. I really liked her section on internal chatter. I liked permission to be kind to myself. Izadi believes that each of us has the ability to become our best self. The material in this book provides the insights and tools we need to understand where we are and how to get where we want to be. We design our own plan based on what we learn through the self awareness process in the book. Creating our own plan helps us be much more invested in change rather than if we are told what needs to be done by someone else. Izadi points out that The Kindness Method is not a replacement for counseling. If going through the work uncovers something a reader thinks needs deeper work, she encourages incorporating professional help into the plan. This may well be the most practical book on personal transformation I have read. Completing the exercises was a very insightful process and one I think I'll repeat. The process takes work but it is well worth it as I think it will produce lasting change. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nada Majdy

    This book is to help anyone with their bad habbits/addictions, but I urge people who keep beating themselves up about everything to read it too because it has practical guide on how to treat yourself a little bit nicer. Here are some quotes from the book: "Being kind to yourself regardless whether or not you can achieve your goals, actually helps you achieve them more quickly" "Acknowledging our strengths so we can be brave and open to hearing our weaknesses anchors us in a sense of who we are" This book is to help anyone with their bad habbits/addictions, but I urge people who keep beating themselves up about everything to read it too because it has practical guide on how to treat yourself a little bit nicer. Here are some quotes from the book: "Being kind to yourself regardless whether or not you can achieve your goals, actually helps you achieve them more quickly" "Acknowledging our strengths so we can be brave and open to hearing our weaknesses anchors us in a sense of who we are"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jena Henry

    How many times have you tried a new diet, blown the new diet, and yelled at yourself? Or what about drinking- tired of the hangovers? But, it’s so hard to stop drinking. What’s wrong with you? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you. That’s the message I learned from author Shahroo Izadi who has written an excellent book, The Kindness Method- Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding. She has worked as a drug counsellor and also has faced a weight challenge, so she knows how How many times have you tried a new diet, blown the new diet, and yelled at yourself? Or what about drinking- tired of the hangovers? But, it’s so hard to stop drinking. What’s wrong with you? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with you. That’s the message I learned from author Shahroo Izadi who has written an excellent book, The Kindness Method- Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding. She has worked as a drug counsellor and also has faced a weight challenge, so she knows how to focus on changing habits. Her premise is that we should show compassion, forgiveness and kindness to ourselves. When we have trouble making a life change, it’s not because we are “bad”, or “weak” or “lazy.” Would you say those words to other people? Please don’t say them to yourself! Instead, learn to be kind to yourself. “Kindness” means taking action to create your most enjoyable and exciting life. Look at the big picture! “Kindness” is not following for the latest fad or quick-fix. With friendly, understanding language, the author shares her step-by step process of using maps and journals to learn more about yourself and prepare to have the rich and fulfilling life you want. Shahroo Izadi is a Behavioral Change Specialist. She provides relapse prevention coaching and support groups at a recovery house for young women in addition to delivering sold-out workshops designed to help people change any habit on their own terms. Her work has drawn attention from BBC Radio 1, The Telegraph, Red Magazine, The Pool, and more. Her laid-back, non-judgmental style that rejects the traditional professional-patient dynamic has proven to be a huge success and her ambition is to make evidence-based psychological tools accessible to the public. Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Essentials for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi is a self help book designed to change lives by breaking habits and being kind to ourselves. It is "Giving yourself permission to be kind to you." Often we are our worst critic. We need to "Conquer... the habit of negative self talk." This book gives personal testimony as well as suggesting we mind map various topics. As we progress along the way, we will need to review our mind maps to see how far we have come. We all have negative habits that rule our lives a The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi is a self help book designed to change lives by breaking habits and being kind to ourselves. It is "Giving yourself permission to be kind to you." Often we are our worst critic. We need to "Conquer... the habit of negative self talk." This book gives personal testimony as well as suggesting we mind map various topics. As we progress along the way, we will need to review our mind maps to see how far we have come. We all have negative habits that rule our lives and need breaking. This book sets out exercises designed to help us break the cycle of our bad habits, as well as questions for internal reflection. Shahroo Izadi suggests setting realistic, clearly defined goals for the change we want to see. A lapse does not mean a relapse. We need to keep moving forward. The Kindness Method has the power to help you change your life if you want to. The most important thing is: Be kind to yourself. I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Southwell

    Shahroo Izadi teaches you how to be kind to yourself and how to go about it. A change in our thought processes is another method used and testimonials show that this is feasible. The author has a no-nonsense approach and it is very thought-provoking and has left me with a with food for thought. If you find self-help books useful, then this is for you. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Glass

    Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. But what does that look like when applied to our own lives, rather than others? This book provides some really helpful tools to enable us to do just that - and ensure that we not only show concern and consideration for issues/behaviours/addictions in our own lives, but can also take steps to address these.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Views of Heather U

    Absolutely enjoyed this book. Not at all what I had expected however it was a wonderful read and I suggest this to all!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Love me a British Narrator. Lovely approach, I enjoyed hearing about her work with people in recovery and her acceptance that things don't have to be all or nothing for everyone. Love me a British Narrator. Lovely approach, I enjoyed hearing about her work with people in recovery and her acceptance that things don't have to be all or nothing for everyone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Not what I was expecting topic-wise but still interesting. Gave a very structured framework for someone wishing to change some unwanted habits.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra R.

    Really interesting book although I believe it is mainly useful for treatment of addiction or disorders than it is to create new habits. On the positive side the idea of mind-maps really spoke to me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is a wonderful book which teaches the reader how to change major life habits! Although it is based on alcohol/drug addiction, the technique is worthwhile for any major life change: getting over negative moods, addictions of any type, habit disorders, hoarding, etc.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Haynes

    The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi A self-help guide, The Kindness Method is designed to help the reader to change habits. The thought behind this method is for us to giving ourselves permission to be kind to ourselves and to stop the battle of negative self-talk. The Kindness Method shows how maps are designed to help us break the damaging habits that rule our lives. Realistically, defining objectives in order to break negative habits and show compassion, forgiveness and kindness to ourselves. The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi A self-help guide, The Kindness Method is designed to help the reader to change habits. The thought behind this method is for us to giving ourselves permission to be kind to ourselves and to stop the battle of negative self-talk. The Kindness Method shows how maps are designed to help us break the damaging habits that rule our lives. Realistically, defining objectives in order to break negative habits and show compassion, forgiveness and kindness to ourselves. “Kindness” simply means by taking action to create your most enjoyable and exciting life. The author Shahroo Izadi a Behavioral Change Specialist has created this method from her own personal experience and from working with her clients with addictions. Shahroo shares evidence of her personal life in the book and explains how keeping records on several topics, will help the reader to change a habit. The author Shahroo Izadi, shares her step-by step progression of using maps and journals to learn more about ourselves, then prepare to have the rich and fulfilling life wanted. Adding relapse prevention coaching, support groups at a recovery house, and has been delivering sold-out workshops designed to help people change any habit on their own terms. Her work has drawn attention around the world, as being a laid-back and non-judgmental style, rejecting all other traditional type of professional-patient dynamics. I highly recommend Shahroo Izadi excellent book, The Kindness Method: Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding. Her premise is that we should learn to be kind to ourselves, something that many people do not know how to do. The material in this book helps to provide an insight and gives us the tools we need to understand where we are and how to get where we want to be. We create our own plan, from the self-awareness process in the book, to change rather than what we are told what need by someone else; this may well be the most practical book on personal transformation. I received an advanced copy to read, and felt I should write an un-biased review of her work, giving her a 3.5-star rating.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Catherine pinkett

    I was contacted by the publisher to take part in piloting the exercises and following advice. I am starting my planning 1at June I received an early copy of this book in return for my independent honest review. I was really looking forward to using this book, both as a stress Management Practitioner to assess suitability for my clients and as an individual wanting to improve some areas of my life. The premise of The Kindness Method sounds really exciting using maps to really analyse ourselves and I was contacted by the publisher to take part in piloting the exercises and following advice. I am starting my planning 1at June I received an early copy of this book in return for my independent honest review. I was really looking forward to using this book, both as a stress Management Practitioner to assess suitability for my clients and as an individual wanting to improve some areas of my life. The premise of The Kindness Method sounds really exciting using maps to really analyse ourselves and plan forward. In the beginning the author gives a good explanation of her experience and how she developed this programme. I then expected to then start looking at work sheets to create said maps. Armed with journals, coloured pens and stickers I was all hyped ready to do this. Unfortunately rather than coming across diagrams and helpful ways to start self help, there is more talk about the author, the why's the way fores quite specific case histories about alcohol dependency etc. To be fair I reviewed an unfinished copy and perhaps more colour and exciting maps were to come. My overall thoughts on this book is it is not quite sure what it wants to be. A memoir of the author's experience of working with alcohol addiction, her journey into creating a method that is working on a personal face to face concept, a help guide for Practitioners such as myself to further adapt, or a self help workbook for the general public to buy and work with to improve their lives. The latter it certainly isnt. It is too full of medical and psychological jargon and by the time you've waded through nearly 40% of text you've lost the impetus. So sorry for me this book doesn't work. The principles,the ideas, the case histories that show the method works are all there, from obviously a very talented Practitioner, but as a cohesive book that needs to be concise,colourful, enticing and encouraging its not for the general reader. #NetGalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Celine's book corner

    I obtained a complementary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ok guys, I know I’ve said I’m more of a fiction type of gal when it comes to reading, but NetGalley has so many amazing non-fiction/self-help books to offer that I have succumbed to getting a few! Shahroo Izadi is a behavioural change specialist based in London. She has experience of working with substance users to help them overcome their addiction. This book is the fruit of what she’s learned through yea I obtained a complementary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ok guys, I know I’ve said I’m more of a fiction type of gal when it comes to reading, but NetGalley has so many amazing non-fiction/self-help books to offer that I have succumbed to getting a few! Shahroo Izadi is a behavioural change specialist based in London. She has experience of working with substance users to help them overcome their addiction. This book is the fruit of what she’s learned through years of working as a psychologist and her first hand experience of eating disorders and food binging habits. It is clear that Shahroo has learned a lot from her clients and herself and this enabled her to draw patterns in terms of what behaviours help people make sustainable changes and what behaviours do not help. Her approach is based on one thing: being kind to oneself through the process of change. This is a truly amazing book because it can be applied to anything, whether you are trying to control an addiction like drinking, smoking, drug use, gambling etc; or just general bad habits such as talking yourself down. It can be used to overcome anxiety and depression aswell. Shahroo’s insight into why people don’t make the changes that they know they need to make is incredible; and that’s because she’s been there too, battling her own demons. Read my full review at: celinesbookcorner.com !

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sam Young

    The Kindness Method is a life style change. Apply kindness to yourself to help your change habits. Shahroo Izadi reminds us that we are often kind to others but not to ourselves. Habits can be hard to beak or change because we often sabotage ourselves. Shahroo guides us through some of her own and patients experiences explaining how to know our triggers and when to be kind to ourselves. She uses prompts and mind maps, something visual to remind yourself to be kind. Now I have read the whole book The Kindness Method is a life style change. Apply kindness to yourself to help your change habits. Shahroo Izadi reminds us that we are often kind to others but not to ourselves. Habits can be hard to beak or change because we often sabotage ourselves. Shahroo guides us through some of her own and patients experiences explaining how to know our triggers and when to be kind to ourselves. She uses prompts and mind maps, something visual to remind yourself to be kind. Now I have read the whole book and started a couple of the activities I will go back to it often to reference and move onto the next exercise. We are never unkind to others so why are we so unkind to ourselves every day? I would buy a copy of this book for my secondary school library but it would be as a reference to the maps. I do not think my students ( yrs 7 - 13 ) would relate to a lot of what the book talks about as they are too young to have experienced many of the examples, but they do have different issues that I believe the Kindness Method could work. Maybe you could publish a teen friendly version of this book!?! - If you do, please send me a free copy ;) Maybe you could be a special edition of this book that includes a note book and pen. I started reading this book and realised I had to go out and buy them!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Merrilee Gibson

    As licensed psychotherapist using a client-centered humanistic approach, I am so pleased to find this book. Surely, kindness is an element often missing in today’s world. The author recommends using self-kindness as a key to changing undesired habits and addictions. This approach is self-empowering, as it recognizes the innate ability that we all have to solve our own difficulties. It also acknowledges that often, we can get in our own way. Viewing our unwelcome components with disfavor and disapp As licensed psychotherapist using a client-centered humanistic approach, I am so pleased to find this book. Surely, kindness is an element often missing in today’s world. The author recommends using self-kindness as a key to changing undesired habits and addictions. This approach is self-empowering, as it recognizes the innate ability that we all have to solve our own difficulties. It also acknowledges that often, we can get in our own way. Viewing our unwelcome components with disfavor and disapproval keeps us from utilizing our own inner strengths. This author advocates first, recognizing all those negative feelings and thoughts and, rather than working (unsuccessfully) to stifle them, bringing them into awareness and accepting them, and countering with our own positive traits and abilities. To that end, the author offers a method to self-discovery using what are termed maps: self-constructed paths to greater self-understanding. Using this approach, the author maintains, one can find a self-help way to achieving greater personal success. I will surely order this book for my office, and suggest it to my patients as an aid to therapy. My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elite Group

    Some good advice tucked inside the covers of this book. If you feel like things need to change in your life, then the opening question in this book should pique your interest and have you hooked by following the advice that Shahroo Izadi gives. It starts like this, “How many times have you embarked on a plan of change, only to run out of steam within weeks? How often do you notice habits emerging that you’re not particularly proud of?” I found some of the chapters particularly interesting, like t Some good advice tucked inside the covers of this book. If you feel like things need to change in your life, then the opening question in this book should pique your interest and have you hooked by following the advice that Shahroo Izadi gives. It starts like this, “How many times have you embarked on a plan of change, only to run out of steam within weeks? How often do you notice habits emerging that you’re not particularly proud of?” I found some of the chapters particularly interesting, like the one on “The Snapshot Letter.” This is the letter that you write listing all the things you’d like to change in your life. A template is supplied which is easy to follow. Another idea is mapping your problems/addictions. I think that a lot of people would benefit from reading this book and following some of the exercises. However, I don’t think 100% results will be achieved unless there is also support from either a group or counsellor. However, I hope I’m proved wrong and that this book helps many people overcome the habits causing issues in their lives. Imbali Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Accessible ~ Considerable ~ Wonderful tl;dr: Kindness is transformational This self-help book is unlike many, in that it starts from a position of kindness. This book is truly non-judgmental. I have read scores of changing habits books, some better than others. But, this book is the first that I felt didn't judge my failures (I realize books are inanimate). The author felt generous in her attitude. She made all the topics and advice relevant and approachable. Her approach is entirely feasible, s Accessible ~ Considerable ~ Wonderful tl;dr: Kindness is transformational This self-help book is unlike many, in that it starts from a position of kindness. This book is truly non-judgmental. I have read scores of changing habits books, some better than others. But, this book is the first that I felt didn't judge my failures (I realize books are inanimate). The author felt generous in her attitude. She made all the topics and advice relevant and approachable. Her approach is entirely feasible, start by being kind with yourself. Her approach also uses many visualizations such as mind mapping. Any visual thinker will be able to see the value in these exercises, and many who believe they aren't visual thinkers likely will also. I found this book invaluable, reading the book alone made me feel more capable of changing, and I have already begun finding ways to use her tools. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Seema Rao Write : Instagram| Blog| Twitter|

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    Starting this book I wasn't quite sure it was for me but I'm glad I stuck with it. Although I have never suffered from substance abuse, which she refers to frequently in the book, I was still able to utilize The Kindess Method into other aspects of my life. I loved the maps she outlines for you to work on throughout the book. They encourage you to dig deep into your self to find answers or even to simply put light onto smaller wins to celebrate in your life. We don't give ourselves nearly enough Starting this book I wasn't quite sure it was for me but I'm glad I stuck with it. Although I have never suffered from substance abuse, which she refers to frequently in the book, I was still able to utilize The Kindess Method into other aspects of my life. I loved the maps she outlines for you to work on throughout the book. They encourage you to dig deep into your self to find answers or even to simply put light onto smaller wins to celebrate in your life. We don't give ourselves nearly enough credit for what we've already been through. Her advice is so kind and soft, I felt her compassion through each page reminding us there is nothing wrong with us. We are human, be forgiving, learn from your mistakes and move forward with some of the tools she gives you through this book. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy. I have learned a lot that I will continue to bring forth throughout my life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    "The Kindness Method" is about isolating and changing habits but also about working toward creating a life on purpose and of purpose that excited us. Indeed, I learned tons about my habits and how to make changes for my future self as I read this book. I admit that I did want to quit reading this book several times. In places, I felt overwhelmed with the changes I need to make. But Shahroo Izadi includes plenty of practical examples from real life that helped me get back on track and stay motiva "The Kindness Method" is about isolating and changing habits but also about working toward creating a life on purpose and of purpose that excited us. Indeed, I learned tons about my habits and how to make changes for my future self as I read this book. I admit that I did want to quit reading this book several times. In places, I felt overwhelmed with the changes I need to make. But Shahroo Izadi includes plenty of practical examples from real life that helped me get back on track and stay motivated. And I took plenty of notes so that I can review the principles and maps as I need them in the future. The maps are also clearly explained with visual examples that show me how to do the beneficial exercises that produce change. The Kindness Method is a sustainable way to change. I recommend it for anyone suffering from an addiction, habit or hangup. It can help readers identify the changes they want to make and identify specific steps to take to make those changes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Orláith

    Not that you would think it after seeing yesterday's post, but I very rarely, if ever, read self-help books. Yet after seeing the synopsis of Shahroo Izadi's The Kindness Method, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. This book reads more like a memoir than an instruction manual. In it, the author charts what inspired her to come up with The Kindness Method and as well as talking through ways to break your habits, she tells how she changed her own. The wonderful writing paired with short exercise Not that you would think it after seeing yesterday's post, but I very rarely, if ever, read self-help books. Yet after seeing the synopsis of Shahroo Izadi's The Kindness Method, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. This book reads more like a memoir than an instruction manual. In it, the author charts what inspired her to come up with The Kindness Method and as well as talking through ways to break your habits, she tells how she changed her own. The wonderful writing paired with short exercises makes this an interactive learning experience rather than a book to skim and set aside. I'm obviously no authority on the topic, but I feel that if you are wanting to make changes in your life but don't know where to start you should pick up a copy of The Kindness Method - there's nothing to lose from trying! Thank you to Blue Bird Books for my free copy of The Kindness Method.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ramona Mead

    This is a non-traditional self-help book, quite unique in presentation. The core tenant is to treat oneself with kindness and compassion. The method is designed to help the reader change a habit for good, by making permanent positive shifts in the way they think and live. This isn't a quick fix, and the work outlined is quite involved. There are mind mapping exercises given that are designed to give the reader permeant tangible guidance and physical reminders of the work she's done. The writing This is a non-traditional self-help book, quite unique in presentation. The core tenant is to treat oneself with kindness and compassion. The method is designed to help the reader change a habit for good, by making permanent positive shifts in the way they think and live. This isn't a quick fix, and the work outlined is quite involved. There are mind mapping exercises given that are designed to give the reader permeant tangible guidance and physical reminders of the work she's done. The writing is straightforward, overwhelmingly positive and kind. It's also very no-nonsense. In that sense, it won't be for everyone because it requires there Nader to take habit change seriously and put in a lot of work. I took great guidance from this book that I will use on a regular basis. Many thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This self-help book offers a different perspective on changing your unwanted habits, whether it’s excessive drinking, overeating, or just generally being unmotivated. Shahroo Izadi has quite literally mapped out ways to change, and through a snapshot letter to yourself, reminds you of the feelings that brought you to the place of change. We all have things we have tried to do, and did not succeed at, and this is an approach worth considering. I felt the book was heavily slanted towards substance This self-help book offers a different perspective on changing your unwanted habits, whether it’s excessive drinking, overeating, or just generally being unmotivated. Shahroo Izadi has quite literally mapped out ways to change, and through a snapshot letter to yourself, reminds you of the feelings that brought you to the place of change. We all have things we have tried to do, and did not succeed at, and this is an approach worth considering. I felt the book was heavily slanted towards substance abuse issues, as the author stated most of her clients are alcohol abusers. However, I do feel that this method could be helpful in breaking unwanted habits if you were willing to put in the time necessary. My thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brigid Gallagher

    Shahroo Izadi shares her personal journey of yo-yo dieting and struggles with weight loss, which eventually led to her developing The Kindness Method. She has inspired many through her work as a behavioural change specialist, encouraging her clients through the wisdom of her professional training, combined with her personal experience. This book is packed full of original self help tips to aid positive transformation and embrace self love and kindness. I worked through all the exercises slowly, an Shahroo Izadi shares her personal journey of yo-yo dieting and struggles with weight loss, which eventually led to her developing The Kindness Method. She has inspired many through her work as a behavioural change specialist, encouraging her clients through the wisdom of her professional training, combined with her personal experience. This book is packed full of original self help tips to aid positive transformation and embrace self love and kindness. I worked through all the exercises slowly, and they provided me with a number of new "light bulb moments." If you are serious about becoming your own best friend, this book is for you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Very practical guide to change habits. I liked the approach in this book. Very hands on with lots of examples and anecdotes. Powerful message. What this book does not have is a diagnose tool, you will need to figure out a changeable habit yourself. Ideally this would be some kind of substance addiction or disorder. I picked up this book in hopes of coaching myself to change my habits in the workplace. Despite it being a pretty vague goal, I still managed to squeeze something useful out of me with Very practical guide to change habits. I liked the approach in this book. Very hands on with lots of examples and anecdotes. Powerful message. What this book does not have is a diagnose tool, you will need to figure out a changeable habit yourself. Ideally this would be some kind of substance addiction or disorder. I picked up this book in hopes of coaching myself to change my habits in the workplace. Despite it being a pretty vague goal, I still managed to squeeze something useful out of me with this book. I recommend this book to people who have something specific in mind that they want to change about themselves.

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