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Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected hilarious and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes A lifelong nonbeliever he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor a mysterious self-help guru and a gaggle of brain scientists Eventually Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset the incessant insatiable voice in his head which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out We all have a voice in our head It s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily checking our email compulsively eating when we re not hungry and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present Most of us would assume we re stuck with this voice that there s nothing we can do to rein it in but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that It s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis... he met instead it s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless meditation After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs scientists and even marines who are now using it for increased calm focus and happiness 10 Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America s spiritual scene and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives more
In Thrive Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today s world Arianna Huffington s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye -- the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group -- one of the fastest growing media companies in the world -- celebrated as one of the world s most influential women and gracing the covers of magazines she was by any traditional measure extraordinarily successful Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion she wondered is this really what success feels like As more and more people are coming to realize there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success -- money and power -- has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses and an erosion in the quality of our relationships family life and ironically our careers In being connected to the world 24... 7 we re losing our connection to what truly matters Our current definition of success is as Thrive shows literally killing us We need a new way forward In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013 she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool They may hold us up temporarily but sooner or later we re going to topple over We need a third leg -- a third metric for defining success -- to truly thrive That third metric she writes in Thrive includes our well-being our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom our sense of wonder and our capacity for compassion and giving As Arianna points out our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success They don t commemorate our long hours in the office our promotions or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder They are not about our resumes -- they are about cherished memories shared adventures small kindnesses and acts of generosity lifelong passions and the things that made us laugh In this deeply personal book Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters -- of juggling business deadlines and family crises a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her aha moment Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology sports sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation mindfulness unplugging and giving Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture our thinking our workplace and our lives more
Marriage should be based on love right But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages New York Times bestselling author Dr Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying understanding and speaking their spouse s primary love language quality time words of affirmation gifts acts of service or physical touch By learning the five love languages you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference and each one ends with specific simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship You can build a lasting loving marriage together Gary Chapman hosts a nationally syndicated daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 150 radio stations as well as the weekly syndicated program Building Relationships with Gary Chapman which can both be heard on fivelovelanguages com The Five Love Languages is a consistent new York Times bestseller - with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages... This book is a sales phenomenon with each year outselling the prior for 16 years running Includes a promotional code to gain exclusive online access to the new comprehensive love languages assessment more
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry This means that women s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg examines why women s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled explains the root causes and offers compelling commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time s 100 Most Influential People in the World In 2010 she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers Her talk which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times encouraged women to sit at the table seek challenges take risks and pursue their goals with gusto In Lean In Sandberg digs deeper into these issues combining personal anecdotes hard data and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women She recounts her own decisions mistakes... and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself her career and her family She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques mentorship and building a satisfying career urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of having it all She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home Written with both humor and wisdom Sandberg s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can t do to what they can more
Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier healthier and stronger in this positive essential guide grounded in science and inspired by personal experience now a 1 New York Times bestseller Throughout her career Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women By her own candid admission though this fit glamorous but down-to-earth star was not always health-conscious Learning about the inseparable link between nutrition and the body was just one of the life-changing lessons that has fed Cameron s hunger to educate herself about the best ways to feed move and care for her body In The Body Book she shares what she has learned and continues to discover about nutrition exercise and the mind body connection Grounded in science and informed by real life The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind from the cellular level up From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals readers will discover why it s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole nutrient-dense foods Cameron also explains the essential role of movement the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every... day The Body Book does not set goals to reach in seven days or thirty days or a year It offers a holistic long-term approach to making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal a long strong happy healthy life more
In The Gifts of Imperfection Bren Brown a leading expert on shame authenticity and belonging shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who what and how we should be We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives we d no longer feel inadequate So most of us perform please and perfect all the while thinking What if I can t keep all of these balls in the air Why isn t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations What will people think if I fail or give up When can I stop proving myself In her ten guideposts Brown engages our minds hearts and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think No matter what gets done and how much is left undone I am enough and to go to bed at night thinking Yes I am sometimes afraid but I am also brave And yes I am imperfect and vulnerable but that doesn t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging This important book is about the lifelong journey from What will people think to I am enough Brown s unique... ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion wisdom and great advice Harriet Lerner New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection Bren Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you Daniel H Pink New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind Courage compassion and connection Through Bren s research observations and guidance these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life Ali Edwards author of Life Artistmore
Let s be real for a sec Most of us don t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day We re overwhelmed as it is Our spiritual practice shouldn t add to that That s why I ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems stress burnout frustration jealousy resentment The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings these practical moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease They re powerful life-changing meditations and principles modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle Throughout the book I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength When you practice these techniques fear will melt away inspiration will spring up and a sense of peace will set in
My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us as only a few stories have done about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts learning to read the omens strewn along life s path and above all following our dreams Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever The Alchemist is such a book With over a million and a half copies sold around the world The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic universally admired Paulo Coelho s charming fable now available in English for the first time will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come
From Ed Catmull co-founder with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter of Pixar Animation Studios comes an incisive book about creativity in business sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink Tom Peters and Chip and Dan Heath Creativity Inc is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation into the meetings postmortems and Braintrust sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made It is at heart a book about how to build a creative culture but it is also as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible For nearly twenty years Pixar has dominated the world of animation producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy Monsters Inc Finding Nemo The Incredibles Up and WALL-E which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards The joyousness of the storytelling the inventive plots the emotional authenticity In some ways Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is Here in this book Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired... and so profitable As a young man Ed Catmull had a dream to make the first computer-animated movie He nurtured that dream as a Ph D student at the University of Utah where many computer science pioneers got their start and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led indirectly to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986 Nine years later Toy Story was released changing animation forever The essential ingredient in that movie s success and in the thirteen movies that followed was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar based on philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention such as Give a good idea to a mediocre team and they will screw it up But give a mediocre idea to a great team and they will either fix it or come up with something better If you don t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature you will be ill prepared to lead It s not the manager s job to prevent risks It s the manager s job to make it safe for others to take them The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them A company s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure Everybody should be able to talk to anybody Do not assume that general agreement will lead to change it takes substantial energy to move a group even when all are on board Advance praise for Creativity Inc Many have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isn t strictly a well of ideas but an alchemy of people In Creativity Inc Ed reveals with commonsense specificity and honesty examples of how not to get in your own way and how to realize a creative coalescence of art business and innovation George Lucas Business gurus love to tell stories about Pixar but this is our first chance to hear the real story from someone who lived it and led it Everyone interested in managing innovation or just good managing needs to read this book Chip Heath co-author of Switch and Decisivemore
Researcher and thought leader Dr Bren Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly to embrace vulnerability and imperfection to live wholeheartedly and to courageously engage in our lives It is not the critic who counts not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly Theodore Roosevelt Every day we experience the uncertainty risks and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly Whether the arena is a new relationship an important meeting our creative process or a difficult family conversation we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts In Daring Greatly Dr Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability Based on twelve years of research she argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage engagement and meaningful connection The book that Dr Brown s many fans have... been waiting for Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth and trust in our organizations families schools and communities more
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