Title: The Magic
Author Rhonda Byrne
After I read The Secret (see previous review) I straight away went for The Magic.
This one is a 28-day journey of using gratitude to make significant changes in your life. It’s evidently born from the ideas and concepts of The Secret so if you enjoyed The Secret you’ll find it easy to use this. In order to prep you or introduce you to the journey, it first reminds you of the magic you once believed in when you were a child. It briefly takes you back to when you could see life as an adventure and a joy, and then encourages you to see through that same childhood lens.
The main focus of this book is GRATITUDE. This is not a story but a formula. It lays out twenty-eight daily practices. For example, the first day instructs you to count your blessings by writing down a list of things you’re grateful for, saying ‘thank you’ after each one and actually feeling that gratitude. Some of the practices in the book include being grateful for your health, for the people in your life, for money and others.
I tried it and did all 28 days and some of the things I learned brought personal changes to my life. I learned a great deal about the negatives of complaining and how going about my life constantly complaining was blinding me from seeing the many other positive things I have. So I practiced how to shift from bitching to appreciating. I learned how to value important relationships I have with people, by making room to understand them, forgive and remember the good things they’ve done or do for me. This can really help fix other things about yourself and how you treat others. I also learned how to start the day on a positive note just by thinking of things to be grateful for and going through the day looking for and focusing on things that are positive – even if it’s just one thing.
The thing about The Magic is that it’s not really hocus-pocus stuff, there’s no wand or potion – it’s all in your thinking and in your actions. Something as simple as saying thank you with a smile to everyone you meet who does something for you, puts you in a good mood and even the ones who are not nice (that rude cashier) don’t disturb your peace in any way.
This can be a great way to challenge yourself to making changes to your attitude and the way you see the world. If you keep at it, going through all 28 days with commitment, fun and an open mind, toward the end you’ll feel the change and later on you’ll see the changes.
Psst! Look out for our 28 Days of Gratitude Worksheet coming up today.