Book Giveaway: The Mindful Day

The Mindful Day book


Dear friends,

I just finished reading a most inspiring book.

The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening by Laurie J. Cameron is a guide in how to slow down and be present during every waking moment of the day.

“Mindfulness” is a popular term right now, and it’s one of those big words that sounds good… but it can also feel a little vague. Do you know what I mean?

What I appreciate about this book is that the author gives the reader dozens of specific ways to put the BIG concept of mindfulness to practical use.

The very first day that I incorporated just a few of her suggestions, I accomplished more and was happier because the hours felt more balanced. Isn’t that what we all want? To feel more relaxed and do more of the things that matter?

I’m a Type A person, and I admit that slowing down and being mindful feels counterintuitive to everything on my all-important ‘To Do’ list. Yet big companies like Google and Deloitte offer mindfulness training for their employees, because the practice is proven to actually increase productivity.

I especially enjoy the author’s recommendations for how to begin the day on a positive note.

Here are the first three things she suggests:

1. Wake up to joy

Spend a few precious moments after you first open your eyes, simply lying in bed. Take three deep breaths. Do a mini body scan to see how you’re feeling physically. Bring attention to your thoughts, focusing on gratitude.

2. Breathe for five minutes

Sit still in a quiet place, where you can relax. Set a timer and simply breathe in and out, focusing on your breath.

3. Strengthen a positive outlook

With your mind settled, bring to mind someone you love. Offer prayers or good thoughts to the people you will encounter today. Appreciate the contributions you are making to the world, and focus on the good you are doing (and not on all the things you have not yet done).

The book’s short chapters lead the reader from waking in the morning to falling asleep at night, with specific suggestions for being mindful throughout every phase of a day — working, during free time, with your significant family, and at home.

The Mindful Day is 272 pages and retails for $21.99 USD. Thanks to the nice people at National Geographic Partners, you could win your very own free copy. Simply leave a comment on this page and answer this question:


If you had an extra hour every day, how would you spend it?


The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, and will run through Sunday, April 15 at midnight MST. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, April 16.

BIG thanks to National Geographic and TLC Book Tours for providing the book for this giveaway, and good luck to all of you!


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P.S. You might also enjoy “Beyond 30 Days: When Simple Acts Become Good Habits.”

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

33 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Mindful Day”

  1. If i had an extra hour in a day, I would spend it creating something like a painting, a craft or simply a drawing. There’s nothing better than completing something that you started from scratch!! 🙂

  2. If I had an extra hour a day, I would spend more time connecting with others. Answering that overdue Thank You note, responding to a friend’s email or snail-mailed card. I don’t take enough time expressing gratitude to others for their thoughtfulness and concern for me.

  3. I would take my dog for a good long walk. I try to do this every day but never have a full hour to do it. Some days I don’t have time at all. That is what I would with an extra hour. The dog would benefit and my physical and mental state would definitely benefit 🙂

  4. I want to say I would spend it in nature … and that is how I would want to spend it. But if I am honest with myself, I would probably fill it with more of the busy-ness I am already filling my day with.

  5. I would hope I would use that time to take care of me, just be. That does not happen often. Life is busy with kids and a husband who suffers anxiety and depression.

  6. I would “try” to spend that extra hour on myself, exercising or reading! Its so hard for us women to actually do that though!

  7. I would play music. It is so relaxing and positive for me, but often gets crowded out by work, family, and home commitments

  8. Right now if I had an extra hour I would probably take a nap…but what I would love to do is become more mindful and take some time for my own personal self care. This book looks like a great tool I could benefit greatly from.

  9. Can I choose the weather during this magical hour? If it’s sunny and over 30 degrees, I’d be hiking in the Michigan woods!!

  10. If I had an extra hour every day I would use it for self care. I teach elementary school and I have 5 children at home. That extra hour would be wonderful to read, meditate, and just be!

  11. My extra hour would be ‘me’ time. And because it is ‘me time’ I can decide which ‘me’ thing suits me best that day. Maybe it is yoga, a walk outside, reading, meditation, some kind of beauty treatment, baking, taking a nap, talking with a friend – the list is endless! I live outside the US, but if I win this book it can be sent to my sister. Then I can share it with her when we come home in May

  12. I would spent it on the shore of a river or lake with a beautiful view, reading my Bible and just “existing” in the world. And with a good cup of coffee!

  13. I’m very much a Type A person as well, so slowing down is very hard for me. I have a deal with my fiance (who is the exact opposite type of person) where we spend some down time together doing something relaxing on a regular basis. It is hard for me to settle into it each time but I always feel much more refreshed afterward.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  14. I would spend an extra hour every day not by doing more, but by being more. I mean really stopping, finding stillness and quiet in the present moment. This is easier said, than done, but so valuable and spills into the rest of the day. This reminds me that I actually have an extra hour for this if I say no to an hour of something else. Thanks Eliza!

  15. Thank you for doing this giveaway for The Mindful Day! I have this wonderful book so I’m not going to enter the contest. With an extra hour, I would do yoga, read, pray, meditate.


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