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In the West, we have everything we could possibly need or want—except for peace of mind. So writes Linda Leaming, a harried American who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to the rugged Himalayan nation of Bhutan—sometimes called the happiest place on Earth—to teach English and unlearn her politicized and polarized, energetic and impatient way of life. In Bhutan, if I have three things to do in a week, it’s considered busy. In the U.S., I have at least three things to do between breakfast and lunch. After losing her luggage immediately upon arrival, Leaming realized that she also had emotional baggage—a tendency toward inaction, a touch of self-absorption, and a hundred other trite, stupid, embarrassing, and inconsequential things—that needed to get lost as well. Pack up ideas and feelings that tie you down and send you lead-footed down the wrong path. Put them in a metaphorical suitcase and sling it over a metaphorical bridge in your mind. Let the river take them away. Forced by circumstance and her rustic surroundings to embrace a simplified life, Leaming made room for more useful beliefs. The thin air and hard climbs of her mountainous commute put her deeply in touch with her breath, helping her find focus and appreciation. The archaic, glacially paced bureaucracy of a Bhutanese bank taught her to go with the flow—and take up knitting. The ancient ritual of drinking tea brought tranquility, friendship, and, eventually, a husband. Each day, and each adventure, in her adopted home brought new insights and understandings to take back to frantic America, where she now practices the art of "simulating Bhutan." This collection of stories, impressions, and suggestions is a little nudge, a push, a leg up into the rarefied air of paradise—of bright sunlight and beautiful views.
Live Inspired Now: A Field Guide for Happiness is a lively nonfiction narrative. This is not your typical self-help book; Live Inspired Now is the rock concert of self improvement! It is fun, simple, and upbeat. It will leave you cheering at the high points and thinking deeply at the contemplative points. Using humorous, touching, and inspirational testimony from her life, Heather Paris will capture your heart and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. In a world filled with complex, hard-to-follow self-help books, Live Inspired Now: A Field Guide for Happiness guides you in a way that can have you experiencing “a-ha” moments in each and every chapter!
In Field Guide to Happiness for Women, the author of Field Guide to Happiness and the best-selling 14,000 Things to be Happy About at long last gives women the easy-to-use, interesting tools they need to make happiness a simple, pleasant choice—rather than an elusive goal achievable only through a tedious process while raising children, pursuing careers, caring for older parents, and saving for retirement. The book's 200 short-short chapters address practically every aspect of life—from food and exercise to ways of thinking, simplifying, and taking action; meditation and spiritual pursuits; and gratitude and kindness. Whether during a precious break at home or a moment of peace in a parking lot, this book, accompanied by 100 charming and delightful illustrations, can be absorbed quickly by any woman for whom the thought of having to plod through yet another dense tome about fitness, or style, or whatever is, indeed, quite the opposite of happiness. Just a few of the 200 topics in Field Guide to Happiness for Women Eat Quality Food Walk More Lighten Up Stop Comparing Discover Yoga Do Things Now Simplifying Play Journaling Gardening or Other Digging Dealing with Teenagers
Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer's 14,000 Things to Be Happy About sold 1,100,000 copies and started a groundswell of self-awareness, gratitude, and contentment . Her new book offers easy-to-use tools and techniques for helping readers “choose” happiness in their everyday lives. Making lists, mind maps, and memory books can help you set goals, inspire you, and motivate you to achieve the things that bring you happiness. This delightful book is filled with steps to take towards reaching any goal, with sidebars about staying encouraged and redefining what makes you happy. This guide can simply and efficiently expand your creative output, help you solve personal problems, and set you out in new directions. Take your happiness into your own hands, discover new joy in life, and let this field guide help you find the way! Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, 3rd Edition, and Instant Karma. She has a Ph.D. in linguistics as well as in archeology, and a Master's degree in Buddhist studies. She lives in Connecticut.
From The New York Times bestselling author of THE ORGANIZED MIND and THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them. It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories—statistical infomation and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning—not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. Levitin's charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren't so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!
A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius? Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet everything from Prozac to self help psychology books seems intent on removing all signs of sadness, depression, or, quite simply, low moods from contemporary existence. Complex and contradictory, melancholy's presence weaves through the histories of both science and art. A Field Guide to Melancholy surveys this ambivalent concept and takes a journey through its articulation in a variety of languages, from the Russian toska of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, to kaiho - which is expressed in the dancing of the Finnish tango. Melancholy is found in the historic traditions of death's presence in paradise, the tears of nature, along with nostalgia, pathos, and melancholy's presiding god, Saturn. In contemporary society, melancholy becomes a fashion statement in the subculture of the Emo whilst shelves are rife with self help books encouraging readers to overcome depression. By drawing on a range of disciplines from psychology and philosophy to architecture and design, and by examining the work of creative figures as different as Ingmar Bergman, Albrecht Dürer, WG Sebald and Tom Waits, Jacky Bowring provides an original perspective on one of the most elusive, enigmatic and fascinating of human conditions.
Don’t worry, be happy....find out how! What is happiness? And how can we achieve it? The Rough Guide to Happiness is the ultimate ‘how to be happy’ handbook. Discover how to effectively improve your work/life balance, increase self-esteem, and nourish your mind and body while nurturing relationships with the ones you love. The Rough Guide to Happiness will help you navigate your way through all parts of modern day life, offering a practical and effective range of happiness-building techniques. Rely on realistic suggestions from Dr Nick Baylis, a practising therapist and former Dr Feelgood for The Times Saturday Magazine, who has worked with everyone from young offenders to stressed airline pilots! Are some people genetically predisposed to be happier than others? Can money or technology make us happy? The Rough Guide to Happiness explores all these questions and more, going beyond facile tips to offer a deeper understanding of what happiness is with easy solutions for you to implement in your daily life. Drawing on the best ideas from every field, from Hypnosis and Energy Therapy to Positive Psychology and Buddhism, The Rough Guide to Happiness provides a wealth of inspiring insights on how to relieve stress and achieve lasting contentment. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Happiness.

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