The Sweet Spot

How to Accomplish More by Doing Less

Author: Christine Carter

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0553392069

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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Through an extraordinary blend of cutting-edge scientific research and its practical application, and complete with oThe Easiest Thingo sidebars that give readers simple start-here strategies, The Sweet Spotoffers readers a clear and achievable alternative to our modern busyness treadmill. Full of surprises about the ways we may have been going at this all wrong, it's a book about moving from trying to do things rightto doing the right things.

Raising Happiness

10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

Author: Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345519320

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

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What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course! Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Christine Carter, Ph.D, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, boils the process down to 10 simple happiness-inducing steps. With great wit, wisdom, and compassion, Carter covers the day-to-day pressure points of parenting—how best to discipline, get kids to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table—as well as the more elusive issues of helping children build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence. In these 10 key steps, she helps you interact confidently and consistently with your kids to foster the skills, habits, and mindsets that will set the stage for positive emotions now and into their adolescence and beyond. Inside you will discover • the best way avoid raising a brat—changing bad habits into good ones • tips on how to change your kids’ attitude into gratitude • the trap of trying to be perfect—and how to stay clear of its pitfalls • the right way to praise kids—and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough • the spirit of kindness—how to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children • strategies for inspiring kids to do boring (but necessary) tasks—and become more self-motivated in the process Complete with a series of “try this” tips, secrets, and strategies, Raising Happiness is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you instill joy in your kids—and, in the process, become more joyful yourself. From the Hardcover edition.

Enjoy Every Sandwich

Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

Author: Lee Lipsenthal

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307955168

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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This book is a culmination of what I’ve learned. I hope it will open the door for you to embrace your humanity, accept uncertainty, and live a life of gratitude. —from Enjoy Every Sandwich As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day. The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives. From the Hardcover edition.

Awakening Joy

10 Steps that Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness

Author: James Baraz,Shoshana Alexander

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 055380703X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 305

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Baraz helps readers discover a path to the happiness that's right in front of them, offering a step-by-step program that will reorient their minds away from dissatisfaction and toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available.

Maxed Out

American Moms on the Brink

Author: Katrina Alcorn

Publisher: Seal Press

ISBN: 1580055397

Category: Self-Help

Page: 392

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Winner of a Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia—followed by medication, meditation, and therapy—began. Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family. Over time, she realized that she wasn’t alone; many women were struggling to do it all—and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result. Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women’s health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about “having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

Overwhelmed

Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time

Author: Brigid Schulte

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408826690

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically (but surreptitiously) sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the night after her children were in bed. Realising she had become someone who constantly burst in late, trailing shoes and schoolbooks and biscuit crumbs, she began to question, like so many of us, whether it is possible to be anything you want to be, have a family and still have time to breathe. So when Schulte met an eminent sociologist who studies time and he told her she enjoyed thirty hours of leisure each week, she thought her head was going to pop off. What followed was a trip down the rabbit hole of busy-ness, a journey to discover why so many of us ?nd it near-impossible to press the 'pause' button on life and what got us here in the ?rst place. Overwhelmed maps the individual, historical, biological and societal stresses that have ripped working mothers' and fathers' leisure to shreds, and asks how it might be possible for us to put the pieces back together. Seeking insights, answers and inspiration, Schulte explores everything from the wiring of the brain and why workplaces are becoming increasingly demanding, to worldwide differences in family policy, how cultural norms shape our experiences at work, our unequal division of labour at home and why it's so hard for everyone ? but women especially ? to feel they deserve an elusive moment of peace.

Diana, Herself

An Allegory of Awakening

Author: Martha Beck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781944264031

Category:

Page: 314

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In this exuberant allegory, bestselling memoir and self-help author Martha Beck takes readers into the wild parts of the world and the human psyche. The story of Diana, Herself helps every reader chart a course for awakening to greater joy, adventure, and purpose.

Wallflower in Bloom

A Novel

Author: Claire Cook

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451672772

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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Working diligently in the shadow of her New Age guru brother, Deirdre Griffin is devastated by her commitment-phobic boyfriend's announcement that he is marrying another woman, a situation that compels her to compete on "Dancing with the Stars."

A Networking Book

Author: Paul J.R. Renaud

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483527654

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

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Never before has the world been so interconnected. Understanding that everything we accomplish is done through connections, networking becomes the key to success in your business, career and relationships. Many of us aren’t comfortable breaking the ice or meeting new people, but it’s a learned skill and not all that difficult. A Networking Book will get you there with ease and confidence. Paul J.R. Renaud, author of A Networking Book is a marketing expert and executive coach, an experienced international executive, lecturer and facilitator. He offers a comprehensive look at what it takes to become an effective networker, regardless of your comfort level. Paul will give you terrific advice, tips and methods to quickly bring you to the top of your game. Novice or expert, he’ll show you how to effectively reach more clients, colleagues, customers, partners and friends, with techniques he’s proven over the world to increase his own network and build a career. Discover the fundamentals of networking, as you become confident and welcome rather than fear that next event and your opportunity to meet people. Apply what Paul teaches to dramatically increase your skills, while having fun in the process. • Use the Law of Abundance to get off on the right foot. • Understand why we network and how to make it a natural, comfortable skill. • Identify the pleasure in the Fun, Work and Play networks, choosing those that resonate with your personality and goals. • Learn the etiquette of networking, what’s appropriate and not. • Get into action and gear up, using Paul’s sure fire methods to meet new people and put them at ease. • Put personal barriers behind and learn from countless international success stories. Paul J.R. Renaud is a qualified Executive Coach with over 30 years’ experience in senior Marketing roles having lived and worked in Asia, South America, North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is an avid Networker and a dynamo in helping people perform above their expectations. His blog is called “I Feel Good” which deals with Coaching and peak performance and he is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Maastricht School of Management for the Executive MBA program in Bucharest and the University of New York in Prague ( UNYP).

Frank #3

Author: LJ Alonge

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110199567X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 128

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An action-packed basketball series from author LJ Alonge set on the courts of Oakland, CA. Frank’s not great at staying out of trouble. He’s also not great at driving cars. After his joyride ends in a crash, he’s stuck with a court-appointed Community Mentor for the summer. But it’s not too bad. Officer Appleby’s all right. And if anyone can handle a basketball team, a police officer, and a new girl on the horizon, it’s Frank Torres. From the Paperback edition.

Splitopia

Dispatches from Today's Good Divorce and How to Part Well

Author: Wendy Paris

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476725535

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

View: 9782

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Packed with research, insights, and illuminating (and often funny) examples from Paris’s own divorce experience, this book is a “practical and reassuring guide to parting well.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project Engaging and revolutionary, filled with wit, searing honesty, and intimate interviews, Splitopia is a call for a saner, more civil kind of divorce. As Paris reveals, divorce has improved dramatically in recent decades due to changes in laws and family structures, advances in psychology and child development, and a new understanding of the importance of the father. Positive psychology expert and author of Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar, writes that Paris’s “personal insights, stories, and research” create “a smart and interesting guide that can be extremely helpful for those going through divorce.” Reading this book can be the difference between an expensive, ugly battle and a decent divorce, between children sucked under by conflict or happy, healthy kids. This is “a compelling case that it’s high time for a new definition of Happily Ever After—for everyone” (Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time).

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want

Author: Martha Beck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451624611

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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“The best known life coach in America” (Psychology Today) and bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star provides a new transformational program for creating an unconventional life path to a sustainable way of life. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World reveals a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It’s the thing that so fulfills you that, if you knew what it was, you’d run straight toward it through brambles and fire. Life coach and bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star Martha Beck guides you to find out how you got to where you are now and what you should do next, with clear instructions on tapping into the deep, wordless knowledge you carry in your body and soul. You probably have sensed that you have a higher calling and a quiet power that could change the world—you lack only the tools. With her sparkling prose, Beck draws from ancient wisdom and modern science to help you consciously tap into that power and develop those tools for transformation. You’ll also find your inner identity and your external “tribe” of like-minded people, experience the spark of inspiration, and take action to make a lasting impact on the world. Compassionate and inspirational, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a revolutionary journey of self-discovery that leads to miraculous change.

The Mindfulness Edge

How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule

Author: Matt Tenney,Tim Gard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119183200

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The one habit that can improve almost every leadership skill There is a simple practice that can improve nearly every component of leadership excellence and it doesn't require adding anything to your busy schedule. In The Mindfulness Edge, you'll discover how a subtle inner shift, called mindfulness, can transform things that you already do every day into opportunities to become a better leader. Author Matt Tenney has trained leaders around the world in the practice of mindfulness. In this book, he partners with neuroscientist Tim Gard, PhD, to offer step-by-step, practical guidance for quickly and seamlessly integrating mindfulness training into your daily life—rewiring your brain in ways that improve both the ‘hard' and ‘soft' skills of leadership. In this book, you'll learn how mindfulness training helps you: Quickly improve business acumen and your impact on the bottom line Become more innovative and attract/retain innovative team members Develop the emotional intelligence essential for creating and sustaining a winning culture Realize the extraordinary leadership presence that inspires greatness in others The authors make a compelling case for why mindfulness training may be the 'ultimate success habit.' In addition to helping you improve the most essential elements of highly effective leadership, mindfulness training can help you discover unconditional happiness and realize incredible meaning—professionally and personally.

The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal

How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life

Author: Renee Peterson Trudeau

Publisher: Mother Guide to Self-Renewal

ISBN: 0978977602

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 183

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Nurturing, supportive, and empowering, this year-long guide featuring monthly themes, inspirational stories, and soul-searching exercises, focuses on enhancing balance and emotional well-being in mothers' lives. Recognising that they are over their "to do" lists, the guide gives mothers permission to care for and nurture themselves and reconnect with who they are. Soothing the body, mind, and soul like a cup of hot tea, and providing a mini retreat away from the hectic stress of day-to-day parenting, it invites women to reclaim their lives -- to learn about the power of self-care and how it can be their best friend, to manage and increase their energy, to adopt a "good is good enough" approach, and to become more comfortable saying no.

The Nine Rooms of Happiness

Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, and Getting Over Life's Little Imperfections

Author: Lucy Danziger

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 1401395023

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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What Room Are You In? Ask any woman how she's feeling. Even when things look pretty darn great from the outside, chances are that at least one thing (and it may seem minor to others) is nagging at her, making her feel less than spectacular, bringing her down: I'm too fat. My husband doesn't help enough around the house. My friend is going to be mad if I don't call her back. Why don't my kids try harder at school? My job is less than inspiring. Whatever happened to that old boyfriend, the one who got away? Whether it's the size of our thighs or our bank accounts, there always seems to be something that isn't measuring up to our high standards--and we let the dissatisfaction spill over into other areas of our lives, distracting us from taking pleasure in everything that's going right. In The Nine Rooms of Happiness, Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of Self magazine, and women's-health psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf use the metaphor of a house to release us from this phenomenon. In this house, the living room is where we deal with friendships and our social life; the bedroom is where we explore intimacy, romance, relationships, and sex; the bathroom is for issues relating to health and body image; the kitchen is for nourishment and the division of chores; and so on. Our "inner house" can have eight beautifully designed, neat and tidy rooms, and one messy one, and still we focus on the mess. The Nine Rooms of Happiness pinpoints common self-destructive patterns of behavior and offers key processes that will help readers clean up their emotional architecture. After each room is "clean," Danziger and Birndorf show us how we can spend time on ourselves figuring out what is most meaningful to us--finding larger passion and purpose that makes returning to the rest of our house a pleasure, no matter what calamity or mess awaits. The result? After reading this book you'll think differently about the things that are bringing you down and be able to live a happier, more joy filled life, in every room of your emotional house. From the outside, you'd think I have it all: beautiful house, wonderful children, devoted husband. But am I happy? I think so. There's nothing that has gone terribly wrong. There's no reason for me not to be happy. But I don't feel happy so much as I feel I'm just going through the motions. Sometimes I have the feeling that there's more and I just haven't found it yet. But what . . . and how dare I want more? Isn't all that I have enough? --from The Nine Rooms of Happiness

What's Your Sign?

A Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers

Author: Madalyn Aslan

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

ISBN: 9780448426938

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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A professional astrologer delivers this complete book on the 12 sun signs of astrology especially for 'tweens and teens. Includes a fold-out poster of the astrological signs. Illustrations.

The Change Book

Change the Way You Think about Change

Author: Tricia Emerson,Mary Stewart

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN: 160728863X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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The Change Book provides a practical collection of tips and advice for anyone dealing with or managing organizational change. You will learn about change management, how to plan for change, how to create a communication strategy, and more. While not a comprehensive guide to leading change, this concise book contains an array of useful insights for change managers and is a great resource for people new to the concept or change.

Triumphs of Experience

Author: George E. Vaillant

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674071816

Category: Psychology

Page: 480

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At a time when people are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers welcome news for old age: our lives evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling. Among the surprising findings: people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa.

Finding Your Funny Bone!

The Actor's Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters

Author: Nancy Gold

Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781575254494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 182

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Finding Your Funny Bone is a how-to approach to creating comedy, geared to you. Comedy knows no bounds. It is the sweet smile that makes your life more enjoyable.Some people are naturals . . . they have the gift. Others need a little guidance. Either way, these games, exercises, improvisations, and clown entrees will enrich you both on the performance level and within yourself.Explore, experiment, and enjoy the arts of: mime masks movement clowning juggling improvisation acting as you discover your silly stupid side. Then create the combination of these tools that works for you.It takes a great deal of courage, intelligence, and grace to be funny. Comedy is a serious business. Be funny now! NANCY GOLD is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher and writer. Her passion is expressed in mime, mask, movement, clowning, juggling, acting, writing, and improvisation. She has studied physical theater in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a masters equivalency degree. Ms. Gold teaches at the ACT Young Conservatory and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Her performing arts program BodyTalk has been supported by numerous foundations and featured in the national media. Ms. Gold teaches at schools and universities throughout the country. She lives in San Francisco and performs internationally with her partner and husband Lol Levy.

Getting Some

Author: Kayla Perrin

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459242831

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Lucky Annelise may be having the best sex of her life with her new man, but she can't help noticing her two closest friends and her sister—fresh from very recent, very public breakups—are miserable. So she does what any good friend would do: plans a girls' weekend in Vegas! In a town that emphasizes hedonism, Lishelle is sorely tempted. Between sensual masseurs and private exotic dancers, how's a girl to choose? She finally lets her guard down and beds the perfect guy for a no-strings-attached affair—a sexy rapper looking for a good time with no questions asked. Meanwhile, Claudia is busy getting her groove on with a younger man who makes her laugh. Even better, he's eager to please and—much to her delight—wants her to be in control in the bedroom. It's Samera who hits the jackpot, though, hooking up with a high roller and finishing off the night in his luxury suite. But Rusty has a dark side, and Samera can't get home to Atlanta—and away from Rusty's dangerous friends—fast enough. But once the friends return from Sin City, they all receive threatening notes, suggesting someone has been watching them all along. Maybe this time what happened in Vegas won't stay in Vegas…