My critique is on a self-help book for stress management called "Stress Free for Good" Luskin, Frederic, and Ken Pelletier. Stress Free for Good: 10 Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness. SanFrancisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006. Purchased at Barnes and Noble for $13.95.
Dr. Fred Luskin and Dr. Kenneth Pelletier spent years conducting research at Stanford University School of Medicine. Working together, they developed ten proven skills to help eliminate stress, anxiety, and pain that occur in daily life with sound advice.
The main purpose of the book "Stress Free for Good" is to provide necessary skills to help overcome stress and lead a healthy fulfilling life. The authors claim that: "Stress is a part of life. No one can avoid it" (p.37). Which is true everyone will experience stress in his or her lifetime, but not everyone will cope with stress in a healthy way? This book easy to read and understand and it provides the audience with the necessary Life Skills (exercises) to help cope with stress and lead a happy and fulfilling life.
I find the book "Stress Free for Good" has many strengths. I wish I could go into detail about all the positive things the book provides. I will start by saying: "Stress Free for Good" is broken down into thirteen easy to read/follow chapters starting with an understanding of Life Skills (exercises to help relieve stress.) Most chapters have a Life Skill (exercise) to go along with the purpose of the chapter's title. For example: The title of chapter four is "So much to appreciate" (p.75) goes into explaining that, life can shot down at times, but there are a lot of things to be appreciate of with a Life Skill (exercise) of appreciation to go along with chapter 4. The book offers...