Hello hello hello! Yes, I know my posting days are all over the place at the minute… sorry about that. We’ll sort that soon hopefully. But after the sun and heat of the bank holiday weekend, it does feel good to get a new post up for you all – a review of Shine written by Andy Cope and Gavin Oattes.When I was first approached about reading and reviewing Shine, I agreed without knowing too much about the book other than it sounded a little like the Sarah Knight style of self-help books that bring a bit of humour and lightness to the topic at hand. When Shine came through the letterbox with a little press release and description, I was immediately interested and looking forward to getting started! In fact, I ended up reading it all across two nights – take that as you may.
Starting out with a warning that you read this book at your own risk, I was immediately intrigued. What could Shine possible cover that lead it to have a warning in bold on the back? Well, as I read the blurb it made a little more sense:
The ideas described herein may be hazardous or even fatal to your ego. Your desire to ‘look good’, ‘be right’ and ‘prove your self-worth’ may dissolve. There will be a striking reduction in conflict in your relationships. You may put the past back in the past and start living more fully in the present.
There is also a series of side-effects. The lifting of the weight of the world from your shoulders will result in a spring in your step and, beware, when you breeze into work with a genuine smile, people will be saying nice things about you behind your back. You will feel significantly happier, with frequent outbursts of joy. In extreme cases, you may even fall ‘head over heels’ in love with life.
If you grasp the principles at a deep level, you will feel so amazing that the Shine leaks out of you and ‘infects’ those around you.
You have been warned. You will probably never need to see a doctor again. This book will seriously change your life and the lives of those around you.
It’s time to #SHINE
So as I say, I was intrigued. Starting reading at 10pm, it was soon approaching 2am and I felt I couldn’t put Shine down to go to sleep. However, if I was to try and follow the advice given in Shine, I needed to sleep for those 5 hours before the alarm went.
Starting with the basics of a child so excited for their first day of school that they get up early every day for a week in the lead up to the first day, we’re asked when this enthusiasm leaves us. Why, as adults, do we seem to lose our shine? Why do we become obsessed with being busy for the sake of being busy?
The humour Cope and Oattes bring to some real life lessons and mottos make Shine the pleasure that it is to read. Without the humour and their general style of wording things, you would probably feel like you were being lectured on how to enjoy life. Alternating between them ‘narrating’, you get a good balance between the Scottish stand-up comedian and England’s first ever Doctor of Happiness. Shine had me laughing out loud, trying not to let on that I was still awake and reading at ungodly hours. Running through topics from social media to technology to 24/7 news, the two authors of Shine discuss the impact these things can have on our lives and relationships.
I found myself nodding along when reading about the ‘Fake Stress’ of filling your petrol tank so that it lands perfectly on a round number (we’ve all been there, admit it), the ‘Busyness Disease’ we all seem to have where you’re just too busy to do anything but can’t quite figure out what it is you have to do, and every other little thing talked about. Between laughing, agreeing, and even some home truths, I found that I loved Shine even more than I had expected myself to.
Seriously, I would recommend to anyone that they read Shine, even if normally they scoff at “self-help” books. Shine is that perfect balance of scenarios we all recognise and experience, and subtly suggesting ways for you to improve your own way of life without even realising it. The main bit that stuck out to me was when you suddenly have to think “Am I Mary Poppins? Or am I actually Mr Banks?”. Unfortunately so many of us would like to think we’re Mary when in actual fact we’re grumpy about the chimney sweeps getting suit all over our lovely cream carpets. The great thing is that Shine makes it easy for you to become Mary without even realising you’re doing it.
One final pointer for you all. Gavin and Andy have even set up a brilliant website for you all – We Worry For You. Readers and worriers alike can post their more trivial worries in the platform with the promise that Gav & Andy will worry about those trivial things for you. An example of one of the trivial worries I would love to post is “Does this slightly darker navy sock match the lighter navy sock? Has one washed out more than the other? Or are they two different navy socks?”. Check out their website through the above link to see what else they can worry about for you!
Have you read Shine? Or what are your thoughts on our busyness disease? Let’s get chatting down below!