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The Wellness Blueprint by Maiysha Clairborne guides one in reclaiming health by deconstructing a healthy lifestyle into simple steps that can be integrated easily into one's daily life. The author begins by giving a rather holistic definition for wellness. In four parts, the first one dealing with the Foundation and the next part named Floorplan delve into techniques for building the mind/body connection and other facets of influence like mindfulness. The third part, Structure, and the last part, Pathways, enable one to develop a perfect lifestyle and to follow it through to fruition while discussing other matters of importance like communication, setting boundaries for oneself, emotional intelligence etc and beyond. An array of references is also provided. I think an index would have been a helpful addition.
Though the author says the philosophy followed in The Wellness Blueprint is KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetie), this book is not all that simple. By combining all the parts of a health regime into two initial steps, the author has given a good amount of time and space to other aspects of life that influence well being, like balancing one's work and fun. Naturally, including topics like setting boundaries, adding playfulness, and a stream of other abstractions that are highly subjective have greatly altered the nature and content of the discourse. This is thus a rather more serious study than one devoted to good health. Interesting acronyms and lively examples make reading this book rather easy and recollecting thereafter even more so.