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The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

af Lauren Martin

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"For most of her life, Lauren Martin thought that she was the only one who experienced insecurity, inferiority, and self doubt that could detail her entire day. But after a chance encounter with a (beautiful, successful) stranger who revealed that she felt it, too, Lauren realized that she wasn't alone in mood swings. She set out to better understand the hold that her moods had on her, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. Quickly, it exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: lost, irritable, depressed, anxious, moody, and desirous of change. Inspired by her audience to press even deeper, The Book of Moods shares Lauren's journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, this conversational compendium of moods has something for everyone, whether what gets under your skin is your relationship with your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation"--… (mere)
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"Most of the discomfort in our life stems from the inability to be present, to appreciate the moment for what it is while we're in it."

I had no idea I would enjoy appreciate this book so much. Several of Lauren's honest, real life anecdotes are relatable (except, perhaps, her meltdown in Bloomingdales, but then we all deal with situations differently). How the smallest, most simplest things could ruin the day, affecting her and the people around her.

"...I mean those feelings we have that we can’t explain. The suffocating feeling at the end of the day when you don’t know what you want or need but you need something to stop whatever is going on inside...I mean the horrible feeling of looking in the mirror and feeling ugly even though yesterday you thought you looked great. I mean the feeling that something is wrong when everything is right and good and as it should be. These are moods. These feelings that come up and take hold and we don’t know why or what to do about them."

Lauren honestly talks about the extremely common patterns of self-doubt, excessive worrying. mood shifts, and outbursts by sharing personal anecdotes as examples. Some may question this book, considering her privileged life, but like I said, we all react to and handle situations differently.

This is not a self-help book, nor is the author an expert in the field of "moods", but rather a memoir based on personal experiences, stories, and a collection of quotes.

Regardless, this book helped me being more aware of my moods now, and observe how they can change quickly.
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  nadia.masood | Dec 10, 2023 |
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  Maryum110 | Oct 13, 2021 |
The author’s lack of self-awareness is absolutely enthralling, and I was actually shocked when at some point she mentions that she has a therapist (who does not seem to be helping). I have to say that I’d never heard of this author or her blog, but the book sounded interesting and was recommended by something that I liked; well I was hate listening after the first chapter and barely made it through to the end.

She talks about her moods (all bad by the way—none of them good) and gives examples of her experiences to the reader; to me they sounded like either temper tantrums and/or depressive episodes, and I think meds might be better than this book for both her and some potential readers. I actually was waiting for something truly awful to happen to her to explain why she’s the way she is, but her problems were definitely the reason the word privilege exists. Supposedly five years after putting some sort of skills into effect, her moods are now better as she lives her best life; yet at the end, she still sounds like a pretty childish, petty, and selfish girl. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Jan 1, 2021 |
The Book of Moods provides an incredibly accurate and relatable look at something so many of us deal with, our moods. And what are moods you ask? Lauren Martin explains it so perfectly on her Words of Women Instagram post that I had to share it here...

"When I talk about #moods I don’t just mean generic emotions. I don’t mean angry or sad or stressed. I mean those feelings we have that we can’t explain. The suffocating feeling at the end of the day when you don’t know what you want or need but you need something to stop whatever is going on inside. I mean the restlessness you feel even though you don’t have anywhere to go. I mean the horrible feeling of looking in the mirror and feeling ugly even though yesterday you thought you looked great. I mean the feeling that something is wrong when everything is right and good and as it should be. These are moods. These feelings that come up and take hold and we don’t know why or what to do about them."

Everyone has these patterns of self-doubt, worries, and emotional triggers, but they can also feel so isolating because they really can come out of nowhere. Backed with research, personal stories, and self-reflection -Martin provides insight on how to better understand your own emotions, and stop them from becoming moods that can stop you in your tracks.

No matter how grateful we are for all the good things we have in our lives, everyday life is also made up of so many of the in-between moments of struggle and self-doubt. Instead of looking at these moments as a way to self-sabotage, we can use them as a powerful vessel to help us reflect, forge ahead, and ultimately transform ourselves and our paths forward.

What I loved most about this book is Martin's honesty. Lauren Martin is most definitely in a different stage of life than me, but even if many of our daily struggles are different, we have something we common, we experience these kinds of emotions. It doesn't matter how old you are or how many truly difficult situations you have endured, even when you regularly reflect on how fortunate you are in so many ways, there are going to be moments you just feel down.

Her quotes and anecdotes and advice normalize how you can be rocking along with work, an important project, etc, and then one small comment can make you question everything. We all have inner struggles and recognizing that these are a thing, can help us acknowledge them and then continue to move forward.

While I read this book on my kindle, as soon as I finished I pre-ordered a physical copy because it is the perfect book to highlight up the wazoo because there is just so much insight here. While we will never be able to control life or the people around us (wishful thinking right?) we do have the power to choose how we react. Emotions are a useful tool when we hold them, reflect on them, and then ultimately let them propel us ahead.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in change for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can read this and other book reviews at genthebookworm.com ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
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"For most of her life, Lauren Martin thought that she was the only one who experienced insecurity, inferiority, and self doubt that could detail her entire day. But after a chance encounter with a (beautiful, successful) stranger who revealed that she felt it, too, Lauren realized that she wasn't alone in mood swings. She set out to better understand the hold that her moods had on her, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. Quickly, it exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: lost, irritable, depressed, anxious, moody, and desirous of change. Inspired by her audience to press even deeper, The Book of Moods shares Lauren's journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, this conversational compendium of moods has something for everyone, whether what gets under your skin is your relationship with your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation"--

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