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I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it David Brooks With the wisdom humor curiosity and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways In The Social Animal he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together Now in The Road to Character he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me which emphasizes external success Brooks challenges us and himself to rebalance the scales between our r sum virtues achieving wealth fame and status and our eulogy virtues those that exist at the core of our being kindness bravery honesty or faithfulness focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed Looking to some of the world s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders Brooks explores how through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations they have built a strong inner character Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that... she could be an instrument in a larger cause Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint Dorothy Day a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender Civil rights pioneers A Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade Blending psychology politics spirituality and confessional The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth Joy David Brooks writes is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else But it comes Praise for The Road to Character A powerful haunting book that works its way beneath your skin The Guardian U K David Brooks the New York Times columnist and PBS commentator whose measured calm gives punditry a good name offers the building blocks of a meaningful life in The Road to Character Washingtonian Four Books Washingtonians Should Be Reading This Month Brooks author of The Social Animal offers biographies of a cross section of individuals who struggled against their own weaknesses and limitations and developed strong moral fiber He offers a humility code that cautions against living only for happiness and that recognizes we are ultimately saved by grace Booklist The road to exceptional character may be unpaved and a bit rocky yet it is still worth the struggle This is the basic thesis of Brooks s engrossing treatise on personal morality in today s materialistic proud world His poignant and at times quite humorous commentary on the importance of humility and virtue makes for a vital uplifting read Publishers Weeklymore
This 1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying organizing and storing Despite constant efforts to declutter your home do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once you ll never have to do it again Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever The KonMari Method with its revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results In fact none of Kondo s clients have lapsed and she still has a three-month waiting list With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don t this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm motivated mindset it can inspire
In Being Mortal bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times transforming birth injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable But in the inevitable condition of aging and death the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit Nursing homes preoccupied with safety pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs Hospitals isolate the dying checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot Doctors committed to extending life continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering Gawande a practicing surgeon addresses his profession s ultimate limitation arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families Gawande offers examples of freer more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even... to the end providing not only a good life but also a good end more
From Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes a brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly curiosity conversations that have inspired Grazer to create some of America s favorite and iconic movies and television shows from 24 to A Beautiful Mind For decades film and TV producer Brian Grazer has scheduled a weekly curiosity conversation with an accomplished stranger From scientists to spies and adventurers to business leaders Grazer has met with anyone willing to answer his questions for a few hours These informal discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of Grazer s movies and TV shows including Splash 24 A Beautiful Mind Apollo 13 Arrested Development 8 Mile J Edgar Empire and many others A Curious Mind is a brilliantly entertaining fascinating and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us Whether you re looking to improve your management style at work or you want to become a better romantic partner this book and its lessons on the power of curiosity can change your life
Our lives become busier with each passing day and as technology escalates so does our access to work obligations and stress Constant stimulation and expectation have left us burnt out and distanced from the present moment Now has become something that happens online not in the space and time that we physically occupy Color Me Calm is a guided coloring book designed for harried adults Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer up 100 coloring templates all designed to help you get coloring and get relaxed Organized into seven therapeutically-themed chapters including Mandalas Water Scenes Wooded Scenes Geometric Patterns Flora Fauna Natural Patterns and Spirituality - the book examines the benefits of putting pencil to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into satisfying creative accomplishment Color Me Calm is the perfect way step back from the stress of everyday life color and relax
Falling in love is easy Staying in love-that s the challenge How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands and conflicts and just plain boredom of everyday life In the 1 New York Times bestselling book The 5 Love Languages you ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing Dr Gary Chapman s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner-starting today If we learn to meet each other s deep emotional need to feel loved and choose to do it the love we share will be exciting beyond anything we ve ever felt -Gary ChapmanThe 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships in today s world this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant actionable wisdom in ways that work Practice the simple steps outlined in each chapter and you ll be on your way to a healthier mutually beneficial relationship Also includes an updated version of The 5 Love Languages personal profile
Cat fanciers and coloring enthusiasts will be enchanted with this gallery of original designs More than 30 full-page portraits of pretty pussycats form a rich tapestry of motifs that includes hearts flowers and paisleys in various patterns Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display Specially designed for experienced colorists Creative Cats and other Creative Haven coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs educators and parents in short millions of people of all ages and occupations
Best-selling author Navy SEAL and humanitarian Eric Greitens offer a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that will change your life You cannot bounce back from hardship You can only move through it There is a path through pain to wisdom through suffering to strength and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience In 2012 Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade a brother-in-arms he hadn t seen in a decade Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town he d been struggling Without a sense of purpose plagued by PTSD and masking his pain with heavy drinking he needed help Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives Eric s letters drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook Resilience explains how we can build purpose confront pain practice compassion develop a vocation find a mentor create happiness and much more Eric s lessons are deep yet practical and his advice leads to clear solutions We all face pain difficulty and doubt But... we also have the tools to take control of our lives Resilience is an inspiring meditation for the warrior in each of us more
The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles the critical question How do we change Gretchen Rubin s answer through habits Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life It takes work to make a habit but once that habit is set we can harness the energy of habits to build happier stronger more productive lives So if habits are a key to change then what we really need to know is How do we change our habits Better than Before answers that question It presents a practical concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits and to change them for good Infused with Rubin s compelling voice rigorous research and easy humor and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed Better than Before explains the sometimes counter-intuitive core principles of habit formation Along the way Rubin uses herself as guinea pig tests her theories on family and friends and answers readers most pressing questions oddly questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do Sometimes I can change a habit overnight and sometimes I can t change a habit no matter how hard I try Why How quickly can I change... a habit What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit How can I help someone else change a habit Why can I keep habits that benefit others but can t make habits that are just for me Whether readers want to get more sleep stop checking their devices maintain a healthy weight or finish an important project habits make change possible Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits even before they ve finished the book more