Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow wrote in a goop post that women would feel a lot more energized and confident if they just took vitamins daily. One magic pill (and not even Ecstasy or an anti-depressant at that), and poof! the way we feel every day would change forevermore. Personally, I prefer to follow Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel’s doctrine on how to achieve psychological, physical and spiritual change. Their book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere is an essential guide for women that sparked a monumental switch in how I now think, act and feel, and I promise that it will do the very same for you.
The detailed self-help manual (which one could somewhat compare to David Burns’ perennial bestseller, Feeling Good) is organized into 4 fundamental practices (including gratitude and thinking kindly) and then 9 universal principles (including acceptance, love and kindness) to follow. Each part includes compelling (and brutally honest) confessions by each author, inspiring quotes by women ranging from Marie Curie to Queen Latifah, and timely exercises that you record in your own personal notebook. Each “step” is very easy to follow (ie. write down the ten things you’re thankful for every day and take five mindful breaths) but you have to commit to completing each section before moving forward.
Part of the book focuses on how we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others or criticize, and yet I’ve found that most reviews of the manifesto are directly critical of Anderson and Nadel’s qualifications for writing a self-help book. “What right does an actress with several failed marriages and a journalist with a history of depression have to instruct others on how to conduct their lives?”, the reviews seem to cry. Clearly those cynics forgot to follow any of the positive mantras laid out in the book.
As for me, my dog-eared copy of We is coming with me wherever I go. Thank you Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel for being the female friends (in book form anyway) and role models I’ve always craved in my life. I feel blessed for having read your manifesto.
We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere was provided by Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review. It may be purchased from your friendly independent bookseller or other fine bookstores.