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Review: Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life by Sanjay Jain

Book Summary

A program for making the most out of the present and future…

The biggest challenge is figuring out how to make decisions that improve your overall quality of life. In Optimal Living 360, Dr. Sanjay Jain introduces Integrative Decision Making, an approach that focuses on the big picture and teaches you how to make decisions to receive the highest return on investment in life.  

While sharing his life-changing discoveries, Dr. Jain guides you through the process of isolating your core values using his ASPIRES model. He then explains how to integrate those ideals or standards into the decision-making process in aspects of life such as health, money, relationships, leisure, and sex, among others. Each optimal decision you make brings you one step closer to finding balance and taking control.

The easy-to-follow technique will help you make the best of any situation and maximize your return on each aspect of your multidimensional life, even if you’re on a restrained budget or have minimal resources. Optimal Living 360 is refreshingly comprehensive and a revolutionary approach to personal fulfillment.


With so many things going on in our daily lives, the most important commodity that we take for granted is time and how we use it. For so many people who have busy lives, there never seems to be enough of it to make the decisions that seem the most important. We just carry on through, make them as we go but after reading Optimal Living 360, it really puts into perspective every major aspect of life bringing an insight and tools to incorporate and enhance the quality of our lives.

I will admit, in the beginning of the book, I really wasn't sure where this book was going. Once I pushed on, the material in the book covered diverse topics that covered all the major areas of our lives and brought a perspective that encouraged contemplative introspection. 

Drawing from his diverse background academically, personally and professionally, Dr. Sanjay Jain shares with us his ASPIRE model which represents core aspects of our life along with his Integrative Decision Making process to evaluate the priorities in our lives to make more conscientious and informative decisions to achieve what he has coined our “ROI” or return on investment. The information was accessible with tips after each section that were practical and insightful.  I think this would be a good read for all types of backgrounds looking for another way to help enhance the quality of your life. 

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 2/3/2014
Pages: 240

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