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.

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.

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.

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.

Talking to Siri

Mastering the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant
Author: Erica Sadun,Steve Sande
Publisher: Que Publishing
ISBN: 0133819787
Category: Computers
Page: 288
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*Includes a new Q&A with the creator of Siri! Sweet-talk Siri for iOS 7 into doing practically anything! Under iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Siri is better than ever: faster, smarter, more responsive. And it’s even more amazing when you really know how to talk to it. Top Apple experts Sande and Sadun introduce you to the newest version of Siri. This release offers more functionality than you ever thought possible! You’ll find tested step-by-step instructions for perfect results--including new Siri techniques and responses you won’t discover anywhere else! Teach Siri to recognize requests and take dictation more accurately Help Siri recognize, track down, and connect with family and friends Transform Siri and iTunes Radio into your personal DJ (and tell Siri what songs you never want to hear again) Check Yelp or Rotten Tomatoes reviews and place OpenTable reservations Return calls, play specific voicemails, and check your email Make appointments, take notes, and set reminders Blog with Siri using email or text messaging Tweet updates and track up-to-the-minute Twitter trends Trigger reminders when you arrive at the supermarket, drugstore, or any other destination Retrieve up-to-the-minute sports stats Use Siri to control apps, access device settings, and enable Airplane mode Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly Find the nearest store selling the products you need Answer math and science problems with Wolfram Alpha Make sure Siri responds only to you, not to an impostor Discover the silly side of Siri (including our top 10 Siri jokes)

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: 1451672780
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.” Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound. Then Deirdre’s sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag’s expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s fifteen minutes of fame have begun. Irresistible and offbeat, Wallflower in Bloom is an original and deeply satisfying story of having the courage to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where you land.

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).

Help and Hope While You're Healing

A Woman's Guide Toward Wellness While Recovering from Injury, Surgery, Or Illness
Author: Christine Carter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780990830337
Category:
Page: 130
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At some point in her life, almost every woman will experience an injury, surgery, or illness, catapulting her into a season of stillness and often painful recovery. Christine's encouraging words and directives guide us in managing the physical pain and emotional struggles of recovery. She inspires with thoughtful and motivating insights from her own experiences, explaining the value of letting go and receiving help--two challenging concepts every woman faces. In coaching us how to honor our healing and pace ourselves with patience and self-love, she gently reminds us that self-worth is not measured by productivity. With Christine's help, we can discover a treasure trove packed with new passion and purpose in the downtime as she points us toward deep meaning and significance--if we are willing to surrender what we must and grab hold of what we can. If you face an upcoming surgery, suffer from chronic illness, or are down for the count with a sudden injury, let Christine walk alongside you. Use this working guide to lead you through transforming exercises offering a new perspective on your recovery--one filled with gratitude, a little bit of fun, and hope through the healing!

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

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
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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: 1119183243
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.

Power of An Hour

Business and Life Mastery in One Hour A Week
Author: Dave Lakhani
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118040732
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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Praise for The Power of an Hour "The master at getting what you want from others now tells us how to get what we want from ourselves! This is really a great book, and I recommend it highly-for you, for your team, and for your children." -Bob Burg, author, Endless Referrals "If you want to make predictable, systematic change in your life or your business, buy this book. Each chapter is a stand-alone system that results in powerful change . . . fast." -David Hancock, The Entrepreneurial Publisher, CEO, Morgan James Publishing "Dave's methods helped me take my business from $0 to $10 million in sales.If you're a creative business owner who wants total focus and massive success, run, don't walk, and get this book!" -Stephanie Frank, author, The Accidental Millionaire "The Power of an Hour is a mighty powerful way to sort out your financesby first sorting out yourself!" -Mark Joyner, #1 bestselling author, The Irresistible Offer "The disease of the twenty-first century, no matter who you are or what you do,is Time Deficit Disorder. Dave Lakhani offers a brilliant solution in this book.Get it and take the cure-you'll be surprised how much better you feel!" -David Garfinkel, author, Customers on Demand

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 Me, Me, Me Epidemic

A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World
Author: Amy McCready
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399184864
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Page: 336
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"In today's 24/7, overstimulated, overindulged, can't-get-enough culture, even the best parents struggle to find the energy to say no to their kids - when they need to hear it most. In this wise and inspiring book, parenting expert Amy McCready offers proven strategies for empowering your kids without indulging them, and for fostering compassion and gratitude instead of an entitled ome, me, meo focus."

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.

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.

Drop the Ball

Achieving More by Doing Less
Author: Tiffany Dufu
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 1250071755
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women's leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others—freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only eighteen per cent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others—only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.