The Negativity Remedy by Nicole J. Phillips ~ Book Review

November 4, 2020


AUTHOR: Nicole J. Phillips
GENRE: Non-Fiction, Christian Personal Growth
PUBLISHER: Baker Books
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2020

We're all pretty nice people, right? It's just that occasionally we're tempted to gossip or indulge in a little justified road rage . . . or snap at our spouse . . . maybe scream at our kids . . . I mean, if everyone else would get with the program, we wouldn't be this way!

But maybe the trouble isn't with all those other people who aggravate us. Maybe we're the problem--specifically, the way we react to inconveniences, accidents, and just plain old everyday life with negative words, thoughts, and actions. Because the truth is, when we stop focusing on how we're being affected and start responding in kind ways, that's when something remarkable happens: we actually feel happier ourselves.

With humor, compassion, and encouragement, Nicole Phillips draws on scientific research and real-life examples to help us recognize unhelpful negative thought patterns, show kindness toward others even when we don't feel like it, and discover how one little change actually changes everything.


I am not a huge non-fiction reader but I am getting better at it because really sometimes it is needed. This book is definitely very needed in today's current events and the way society deals with things. I have always taught my former students and now my children that being kind trumps everything else. You not only feel good but you never know how that response may trigger a chain of reaction on the other person. 

Nicole explains this in greater detail and to perfection in her book. She does so by sharing personal stories along with other people's stories, so she makes the book relatable and easy to read because it is something that she lives not that she's just spouting off to make a book. She touches on some very important and deeper issues of being nice to those that have hurt us but she also acknowledges that sometimes acts of kindness may not go as planned.

The conversational style makes it feel like you are chatting with a friend over a cup of coffee. I definitely recommend this as an addition to your non-fiction bookshelf. 

My Rating: 5 Stars/ Really Liked it, bookshelf worthy!

(I received this book through Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Nicole Phillips is a champion for using kindness to overcome all of life's difficulties, including her own battle with breast cancer. She spreads the message of the healing power of kindness through her public speaking and weekly column, "Kindness is Contagious" which runs in newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Nicole has her Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has worked as a television anchor and reporter in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin and Fargo, North Dakota. As Miss Wisconsin 1997, she spent the year touring the state talking to children and adults about overcoming crisis. She was probably 11th runner up to Miss America that year, but we'll never know because they only announced the Top 10.

Nicole lives in Athens, Ohio, has three children and is married to Ohio University Men's Basketball Coach, Saul Phillips.

Visit Nicole and share you own story of kindness at www.

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