Be­tween the Lines

Con­tent­ment is within reach

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY DOUG GAL­LO­GLY Doug Gal­lo­gly lives in Fort My­ers with his wife, Jackie.

This Mo­ment Mat­ters

We live in a so­ci­ety that is driven to excel, where mul­ti­task­ing is the rule of the day. But too many fall into bed each night ei­ther ex­hausted or dis­il­lu­sioned, won­der­ing if they will ever find the hap­pi­ness they covet. The Changeover: The Ul­ti­mate Per­sonal Trans­for­ma­tion (Happy Hour Press, 2015, $13.45 from ama­zon.com) by Dr. Lyle Hotchkiss is one man’s in­sight into the na­ture of true con­tent­ment.

The Changeover is not just an­other self-help book, of­fer­ing a tem­po­rary “makeover.” In­stead, us­ing a con­ver­sa­tional tone, Hotchkiss gen­tly leads his read­ers to ex­am­ine the foun­da­tions of their think­ing and per­spec­tives, to bring un­der­stand­ing of why we view the world around us as we do. True con­tent­ment, he con­tends, is not found in chang­ing the world around us, but in chang­ing our per­spec­tive of events around us. Us­ing sound psy­cho­log­i­cal the­ory ex­pressed in ev­ery­day lan­guage, Hotchkiss pro­vides re­al­is­tic, ef­fec­tive ad­vice that can help many.

Dr. Robert D. Fritzen, a board- cer­ti­fied clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist with 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, called The Changeover “… a book of sub­stance, penned in the purest style of com­mon sense, a style of­ten miss­ing in the self-help genre. The scope is wide rang­ing, the con­tent eas­ily un­der­stood, and the con­cepts pre­sented are be­liev­able and sound.”

Hotchkiss is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, a baby boomer, mu­si­cian and a re­tired Sani­bel den­tist. The Changeover is the fruition of a life­long pro­fes­sional and per­sonal search for an­swers to dif­fi­cult ques­tions, es­pe­cially how to suc­cess­fully man­age stress, anx­i­ety, fear and de­pres­sion. The wise coun­sel he shares on th­ese pages of­fers a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the stress that has be­come ac­cepted as nor­mal. His goal for the reader is: “To build an hon­est, pos­i­tive out­look on life, so your mo­ments are the best they can be.” What more could you want?

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