Thursday, May 29, 2014

Optimal Living 360 by Sanjay Jain

What a practical and interesting book. Jain wants us to get the best return on our investment in life. That is, for the time, energy, and money we put into life, he wants us to have the best life possible.

To help us accomplish that, he suggests investment strategies and a decision making system that integrates and considers all aspects of life, all assets. He identifies our assets in an easy to remember fashion: Assets, Safety, Physical, Intellectual, Relationships, Economic, Spiritual (ASPIRES). He evaluates various possibilities within each asset using his CAPS method (Core Asset Protection Strategies).

He explores each asset in maximizing the ROI. In Safety, he covers issues like driving and Internet issues. In Physical, he includes tips on losing weight, needed vitamins, and exercise. In Intellectual, he looks at mental and emotional health, education, life skills, sleep habits, relieving stress, and self-esteem. In Relationships, he writes about good communication. In Economic, he addresses debt, investing, and giving. In Spiritual, he writes about purpose and meaning in life, hope, and comfort. (He does not promote any particular spirituality but does show the practical benefits of belief in God.)

Jain's book is almost like a handbook to life. He covers all aspects of living a rewarding life. He even adds a few time management strategies to wrap it all together. It is a good starting point for gathering information for making life decisions. It would be a good book for college graduates, young marrieds, or people of all ages.

Jain believes each of us has (after reading his book) the knowledge, wisdom and power to make choices leading to a life of greatest joy. This is a good book to get you on your way to that place.

Sanjay Jain is a US-trained, board certified physician with more than fifteen years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a former assistant professor at The Ohio State University Medical School. He has delivered talks in the US and internationally. You can find out more about him and his work at

Greenleaf Book Group Press, 248 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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