MAY BOOK CLUB: “Brighter by the Day”

‘Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams’ by Robin Roberts

In her memoir, the “Good Morning America” co-anchor shares how the power of positive thinking has propelled her through challenging times.

The book teaches readers how to create a happy mindset, move optimism from principle to practice, and create a life of joy. However, Roberts wants to be clear: Maintaining a positive outlook isn’t always easy. “I don’t like to give the impression that this will be simple,” she says. “Like, ‘If you just do these five things, your life will turn around.’ It takes work, but it’s work that you should welcome.”  

This is why we call our journey Chasing Brighter — doing the work to continue to pursue a positive mindset, joy and gratitude.

“Much of what we’re handling seems so urgent…in a year or two will this matter?”
-Robin Roberts

Drawing on advice and knowledge she gleaned from conversations with loved ones, spiritual practices, and life experiences, Robin offers a window into how she feeds her own mind, spirit, and soul and invites readers to do the same. 

“Much of what we’re handling seems so urgent…in a year or two will this matter?”
-Robin Roberts

She tells everyone — especially those with a pessimistic outlook on their future — to remember you’re a “limited edition with unlimited possibilities.”

With a deeply personal touch, she explains that just like any skill, optimism requires practice and demonstrates how we can shift our mindsets and give ourselves permission to let our best intentions take root and be true.

“You need to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel”

Our Key Takeaways:

  • Daily Meditation— Helps manage stress and anxiety.
  • Daily Gratitude Practice— Helps keep us focused on what we have and gives us perspective about our lives.
  • Set Big Goals Focus Small —- “I believe in dreaming big but focusing small,” she said. This means realistic goal-setting and taking one step at a time. It also means being able to pivot when necessary.
  • Assessing vibe — when someone only wants the best for you or scorekeepers.  Determine the vibe in your tribe. It’s hard when you have a long history with someone. But when someone takes away your joy — avoid toxic friends.
  • Mistakes & Misfortunes— your mistakes can be lessons to others, your misfortunes something others can relate to
  • Find your fun — Do things that bring you joy once in a while!!
  • Get out of your comfort zone: “being uncomfortable, doesn’t mean I’m failing, it means I’m succeeding”
  • Always Grateful — Never Content — constantly moving the goalpost to stretch. 

This is a fantastic, uplifting read for anyone looking to help boost their outlook on life and feel inspired for greatness!

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