‘The Happy Hour Effect’ by Kristen K. Brown Review & Giveaway (Ends 11/9)

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We all deal with stress. Whether it’s personal issues going on, family, in-laws, school, work, holidays, or any others, we all deal with it. The most important thing about stress is how you deal with it. If you deal with stress is a negative way, that’s how it’s going to affect you – it can affect your health and well being and your relationships with people.

That’s why I’m glad that I read The Happy Hour Effect: 12 Secrets to Minimize Stress and Maximize Life by Kristen K. Brown! This book really has changed my life. It has taught me how to deal with stress in my life. This book helps you find easy, fun and powerful solutions to help minimize the stress in your life. I love how each chapter includes inspiring quotes – I’m a big quote lover so this was great for me. I also love how it includes visual content that reinforces the message for each chapter. Overall, this book helps you live a happier, healthier, and less stressful life – something we can all benefit from!

With the holidays coming up, I think this excerpt from The Happy Hour Effect can help us all be a little more stress-free with the holidays!

10 Instant Holiday Stress Busters

By Kristen K. Brown, bestselling author and stress expert

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes gift-giving, entertaining, parties, kids’ events, travel and weather issues, emotional overload and many other stressors that can overload us. As a widow mom, entrepreneur, writer and speaker on all things work/life harmony and stress management-related, I have pulled together 10 of the most simple, effective ways to reduce the symptoms of holiday stress (or everyday stress). Each one takes just seconds to do and they have been scientifically-proven to help our bodies and minds function more effectively! In moments you will feel less anxiety and more balance with some nice health benefits as a bonus. Check out the list and try each one when holiday craziness overcomes you.

1. Breathe deeply.
2. Spend time with your kids.
3. Do something nice for someone else.
4. Sip green tea and grab a healthy snack.
5. Take a walk or run.
6. Take a nap.
7. Play with your pet.
8. Meditate.
9. Hug someone.
10. Let it go and walk away.

Another tip that deserves its own mention is to put yourself in others’ shoes. Would you rather receive a gift card or a gift you don’t want no matter how thoughtful? Would you rather enjoy a laid back holiday party or a super-formal gathering? Do you prefer simple, traditional decorations or over-the-top glitz? Do you want your kids to value human connection and the spirit of the holidays or to learn self-indulgent materialism and over-the-top spending? Once you realize that your stress may be caused by overcomplicating something that should be about peace, joy and love, you and your loved ones will be much happier and healthier too!

Kristen K. Brown is a bestselling and award-winning author, widow mom, speaker and founder of Happy Hour Effect. Check out her books

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  1. Having baby #2 has em stressing. I hear the transition from 1 to 2 is the worst because the first hcild is used to all the attention. We’ll see how it goes. For now… stress mode!

  2. Great post. Thanks so much for sharing so much wonderful information!

  3. Stress has been a factor for me because everything seems to be going wrong. My son was stabbed in the prison he is in. I visit him every other Sunday and now since he is hurt I can’t visit him until he is recovered.. At the same time, Im quitting smoking…Whew…

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