A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life by Aria Campbell-Danesh, Seth J. Gillihan, Alice Boye

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“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

This book was kindly provided to me by NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


Synopsis: From two experts on the psychology of behavior change comes A Mindful Year, the first book of its kind to join the age-old wisdom of mindfulness with cognitive behavioral science-the best-tested set of practices for alleviating stress and anxiety.

At a time when there have never been more ways to connect with one another, it has also never been easier to lose track of the people and passions we hold most dear. The demands of the day can leave us feeling exhausted and uninspired, while alerts and notifications constantly tug at our attention. We fall into unhealthy patterns that can be all too difficult to break.

Written from friend to friend, one day at a time, A Mindful Year invites you to start a new pattern-one that begins with taking just a few quiet moments to reconnect with what is most important, each day. As practical as it is inspirational, A Mindful Yearmarries moments of mindful reflection with calls to action-daily nuggets of wisdom paired with friendly encouragement to live in a way that is grounded, authentic, and compassionate.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the flood of everyday, to become disconnected from the things that really make us us-to get lost. Thankfully, simply being open and attentive to the present moment can help us find a sense of space and ease and get back on the right track. With A Mindful Yearas your guide, reconnect with what matters most.


Mindfulness has been something that is becoming more important to me over the years. It helps with decluttering my mind and get back to the basics when my head is overflowing. It reduces anxiety and makes you realize that you can better yourself without overdoing it.

This book is one to pick up every day right before you start your day, so you can implement the “invitation” that the authors give. Every day of the year has a different entry with a quote and an invitation to follow up. Perhaps it’s because I’ve read multiple entries a time, but the subject of the entries look too similar at times or are recurring in further months. That might make the book repetitive and perhaps there could be more diverse content covered in this book.

The authors both write entries in this book, which gives two views on being mindful. What bothers me is that the two different authors are getting intertwined, and that at times I don’t understand anymore who is who. They talk a lot about personal experiences, which makes me feel more like I’m reading their diary instead of experiencing mindfulness. Although I don’t mind personal experiences to teach being mindful, after multiple wedding receptions I didn’t need any more of those.

When you want to have a book that will guide you day-to-day, this book might be for you. A couple of minutes a day teaches a new lesson and invites you to put the lesson into practice.

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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