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.
Paul Ch. Donders - Creative Life Planning
Believe it or not, there is a plan for your life, and it is up to you to discover it. This book will help you with that, to actiely shape your life and find your own calling. Together with God, everyone is called to create a unique work of art from their lives.
Gretchen Rubin - Boldogságterv
Egy esős délutánon Gretchen Rubin a föld legprózaibb helyén, egy belvárosi buszon megvilágosodik. Rádöbben, hogy vánszorog a nap, de rohannak az évek, múlik az idő, ő pedig nem koncentrál eléggé azokra a dolgokra, amelyek igazán számítanak. Ott, abban a szent pillanatban eldönti, hogy rászán egy évet a boldogságára. A Boldogságterv ennek az egy évnek a friss, lenyűgöző nyomon kísérése, humoros, bölcs krónikája. Annak a tizenkét hónapnak a kalandjait meséli el, amikor Rubin az ókori bölcsek, a modern tudomány, valamint a popkultúra tanácsait alkalmazva a boldogságot kereste. A tanulságos, mégis szórakoztató, gondolatébresztő, de lenyűgözően olvasmányos könyv nyomán mindannyian kedvet kapunk életünk megváltoztatásához. Azonnal hozzá akarunk látni, hogy kis lépésekkel nagy változást vigyünk véghez. „Ez a könyv már az ötödik oldalnál boldoggá tett. És minél tovább olvastam, annál boldogabb lettem. Csupa nagyszerű ötlet, életem minden területén változást hozott a szerelemtől a pénzig, a munkától a játékig, az írástól a diétás kóláig.” – A. J. Jacobs
Louise L. Hay - Cheryl Richardson - You Can Create An Exceptional Life
For countless people around the world, the words of Louise Hay have served as a beacon, leading them out of the darkness of despair and into the light of a better life. Cheryl Richardson is one of the many individuals whom Louise has greatly influenced . . . before going on to become a best-selling author herself. So what happens when these two combine their collective wisdom into one book? The result is what you’re now holding in your hands. As Louise and Cheryl engage in a series of empowering and intimate conversations, you’ll feel as if you’re simultaneously having lunch with your best friends and also attending a master class put on by two leaders of the self-empowerment movement. As they travel throughout North America and Europe together, Louise and Cheryl discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of loving ourselves and our bodies; aging consciously; bringing true prosperity and abundance to the world; manifesting positive relationships—both with family and friends and in the workplace; and facing death in a dignified and peaceful way. These two amazing women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in these pages really work. As you read, you’ll discover that you, too, have the ability to create an exceptional life!
Robin Heerens Lysne - Living a Sacred Life
A year-round guide to connecting with the Earth and bringing spirit into your life. What is sacred living? It is aligning our living with the rhythms of the Earth and recognizing that those rhythms are sacred. It is living in the knowledge that we are part of something larger than ourselves. It is being grateful for life while we live it. The key to celebrating the abundance of life lies in the recognition that we are surrounded by all that is sacred. Organized by season, Living a Sacred Life offers an affirmation for each day of the year and includes hundreds of simple ceremonies, suggestions, meditations, and holiday celebrations that can make the ordinary extraordinary.
Jeff Olson - The Slight Edge
Why is it that some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else? One simple reason, those that are "successful" have found their SLIGHT EDGE! This book is not just another self-help, motivation tool of methods you must to learn in order to make it up the path of success. The Slight Edge simply shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you. And all you need to make that happen? Discover that "one" thing that will help you achieve that goal, realize a life-long dream or propel you up the ladder to success. Once you got it, then you will discover how your philosophy... creates your attitude... creates your actions... creates your results... creates YOUR LIFE! Plus, Jeff shares with you "the key" that will make all of the other self-help information you read, watch and hear actually work in your life!
Jed McKenna - Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
THE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject. His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. Now, his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state — what it is and what it's not, who's there and who's not, how to get there and how to get somewhere better. Delightful surprises abound, including the dramatic unveiling of perhaps the greatest spiritual masterpiece of all time — long hidden in plain view and well known to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author's gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment toward a more desirable and accessible state. Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged, Missing me one place, search another, I stop somewhere, waiting for you. — Walt Whitman — Jed McKenna's books aren't for everyone. They're for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you're ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there — waiting for you.
Carole Kammen - Jodi Gold - Call to Connection
A Unique Approach to Modern-Day Isolation! In these modern and complex times, many of us feel isolated and alone. Much of society has lost the sense of belonging, a feeling of connectedness to community, to the earth and to the sacred. Many of us may long for simpler times when people lived in villages, depended on one another, engaged in rituals, and honored the spirit of life. This extraordinary work explores ways to bring ancient values to our contemporary lifestyles. Part One sets the scene, and sounds the Call: to connection, to the sacred, and for living a tribal philosophy. Part Two teaches the Seven Sacred Tribal Values of Belonging, Recognition, Rites and Rituals, Education, Service, Trust and Faith, and Completing the Circle. In Part Three, the reader is invited to Practice the Values of Tribe in Modern Life with exercises based on the Ten Core Tribal Practices. If offers simple tools for community building with family, friends, intimated relationships, in the workplace, and with the self. The profound message in this book is as applicable today as it was in ancient times. Its message is a call, an invitation to become a member of a sacred tribe: the tribe of humanity.
Merrily Weisbord - Our Future Selves
This is a book for women and men about what it means to be old. Investigative journalist and author Merrily Weisbord takes us on her journey through the literature, science and everyday experience of aging, conducting personal discussions with sociologist Betty Friedan, biochemist Linus Pauling, Gray Panther Maggie Kuhn, Norman Cousins, Joan and Erik Erickson, M.F.K. Fisher, her own father, and Uncle Joe, Aunt Sue and their friends at the Seminole Trailer Park in Florida. Examining research on the cutting edge of the sciences and humanities, Weisbord asks the questions that worry her about growing older. What happens to sex? What seems beautiful when one is older? Flow does one's identity change? What happens to one's memory? What values become important? For the many of us thinking about what lies ahead after middle age, Our Future Selves is a surprising journey into taboo territory. “An intoxicating combination of the sanguine, the silly and the sublime. Should be required reading for anyone who's ever wor-ried about a wrinkle."—The Toronto Globe and Mail “... fascinating observations and startling conclusions. If you plan to be an active part of society in the future, the cues and clues contained here will be beneficial."—Calgary Herald "Weisbord is picking up early signals of a topic that will soon become a media preoccupation for the baby-boom generation. ... Wonderfully written." —The Vancouver Sun
Jerry Richardson - The Magic of Rapport
The Magic of Rapport contains the most useful information ever devised for getting along with other people and getting other people to do things.The techniques and strategies revealed here are easy to understand, simple to apply and produce immediate results. When you master these methods you will transform the relationships with the people in you life. It has been said that magic is any technology that is not understood. When you understand the technology, the magic is demystified. That's what this book does-it demystifies the technology of rapport, which enables you to establish rapport consistently and quickly with anyone.
Muriel James - Dorothy Jongeward - Nyerni születtünk
Klasszikus könyv ez, abban az értelemben, hogy a világon már több évtizede állja a próbát. Az első, 1973-as kiadás óta, már a második generáció kedvenc önismereti könyve. A tranzakcióanalízis (TA) az egyik legnépszerűbb önismereti iskola világszerte. Könnyen érthető nyelven ad magyarázatokat a leglényegesebb emberi összefüggésekre. Ebből a könyvből megérthetjük, mitől kapcsolatépítő vagy kapcsolatromboló egy egyszerű párbeszéd; mitől érezzük magunkat valaki mellett jól, miközben másvalakitől minden pillanatban csak menekülnénk. Felismerhetjük, milyen közléseinkkel készítünk elő egy-egy konfliktust, és mi hajt minket lehetetlen kapcsolatokba. A tranzakció-elemzés felfedezései az emberi kapcsolatok harmóniáját vagy vissza-visszatérő poklát egyaránt megvilágítják. Megtalálhatjuk a magyarázatot arra, mitől jó vagy rossz az együttműködés partnereinkkel gyerekeinkkel, párunkkal, beosztottainkkal, főnökeinkkel, bárkivel.
Joseph Chilton Pearce - Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of Consciousness
SPIRITUALITY / SELF-HELP Shakti is the creative force, the bonding power, that holds the universe together. Shaktipat is the moment when enlightenment is instantaneously conferred upon a student by a master’s touch. The guru conferring shaktipat creates a bond of power in those who have accepted him or her as their teacher. In Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of Consciousness Joseph Chilton Pearce describes his experience of shaktipat from his teacher Swami Muktananda. From this awakening Pearce undergoes a dramatic shift of mind and comes to the realization that perception is reality and that insight is our only vehicle for profound self-transformation. Oneness with God is the birthright of every individual, though we are culturally vaccinated to resist experiencing this higher consciousness. Our search for objective truth has led us not to wholeness, but instead to the belief that we have no bond to each other, to God, or to an inanimate, physical world. The challenge faced by modern humanity, which is the challenge Muktananda gave to his students, is to passionately gather up the scattered fragments of our lives and channel them into the creative realm, where, with insight or revelation, we will be able to become more than ourselves. JOSEPH CHILTON PEARCE is the author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Biology of Transcendence, Magical Child, From Magical Child to Magical Teen, and Evolution’s End. For the past twenty-five years he has taught about the changing needs of children and the development of human society. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Joy Manne - Soul Therapy
In this caring guide, psychotherapist and Buddhist practitioner Joy Manne suggests that by differentiating between the Ego, the focus of Western Psychotherapy, and the Soul, the spiritual/ ethical part of one's consciousness, we can most to a Soul Path, where we strive for harmony and balance. Manne envisions this Soul as a creative, healing inner shaman. Blending a number of contemporary therapies with ancient practices of purification and breathwork, Manne touches both body and soul.
Paula M. Reeves - Heart Sense
Paula Reeves explores the bounties of the heart in this inspiring book. Here is an except on the wisdom of the heart. • "Your heart 'knows' that every living thing on this planet is connected, and when we grieve we are grieving not only for others but for our own loss. • "Your heart knows how often you visit its sanctuary and what you have found there. You cannot fool your heart into a pretense of not needing God or love or compassion. Your heart knows better and will intensify its aching to wake you to the reality of your unexplored spirituality. • "Your heart senses your profound need for contact, for reassurance that you are not alone, that there is meaning and purpose in your loss, and it will compel you to reach out even as you are wishing to run, to escape, to wake up and find that the sorrow has all gone away. • "And, your heart senses the embodied resources you have not yet called upon. It breaks open to make room for the depth of your sorrow and the ever-present energy of healing to enter your heart at this time. • "A heart broken open is not a shattered heart. It is a heart unafraid to shed tears, unafraid to be vulnerable, unafraid to weep, unafraid to name its own demons and to refuse to project them on others. • "A heart broken open is a heart full of receptivity to the healing love of strangers, of animals, of prayer, of compassion, and of memory. • "A heart broken open offers you a sanctuary in which you can find God so that you are never alone. • "A heart broken open links you forever to the family of humanity. • "A heart broken open is an invitation to become real — to stand before the altar of your soul and pledge that you will no longer waste this precious life on unconsciousness."
Hinono - For the Land of the Lost
The solution to depression from entrapment is movement. The solution to low self-esteem is the truth of what you are. The solution to woman's rage at man is his awakening to what woman is. These stories offer all these solutions and much more. Be sure to share them with those you know, so you will not be alone in your understanding. /HINONO/
E. Barrie Kavasch - The Medicine Wheel Garden
The American Indian medicine wheel was an ancient way of creating sacred space and calling forth the healing energies of nature. Now, drawing on a lifetime of study with native healers, herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch offers a step-by-step guide to bringing this beautiful tradition into your own life--from vibrantly colorful outdoor circle designs to miniature dish, windowsill, or home altar adaptations. Inside you’ll find: • Planting guides for medicine wheel gardens in every zone, from desert Southwest to northern woodlands • A beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of 50 key healing herbs, including propagation needs, traditional and modern uses, and cautions • Easy-to-follow herbal recipes, from teas and tonics to skin creams and soaps--plus delicious healing foods • Ideas for herbal crafts and ceremonial objects, including smudge sticks, wind horses, prayer ties, and spirit shields • Seasonal rituals, offerings, and meditations to bless and empower your garden and your friends, and much more Practical, beautiful, and inspiring, The Medicine Wheel Garden leads us on a powerful journey to rediscovering the sacred in everyday life as we cultivate our gardens . . . and our souls.
Morten Toft - Fitting Together the Puzzle of Your Life
Morten Tofts facilitates "success" oriented workshops around the world. This book is a successful combination of his knowledge and guidance through powerful processes, his easy-to-follow style and his telling of stories from his own life that we can all relate to. Fitting Together the Puzzle of Your Life is a wonderful tool for finding and walking the path of ones heart and creating a life filled with joy, health and personal strength. The CD accompanying the book is entitled Out of Nowhere. Many of the compositions are directly related to and inspired by the book. The use of music to accompany the processes (Superlearning) and to play again for reminding the subconscious of the breakthroughs that were achieved makes this a powerful set!
Stephen Strang - Old Man, New Man
Stephen Strang, publisher of New Man magazine, draws upon his unique experience as a journalist on the front lines of men's issues to write Old Man New Man, a frank Christ-centered guide to help you close the gap between the life you could live and the life you are living. Old Man New Man addresses the deeply personal habits that can make or break a man--financial stress, marital tension, sexual temptation and the challenge of forming lifelong relationships--and it is filled with compelling stories and God's transforming response. MEN--YOU can now discover how to: Break old habits Find your true purpose Renew your mind Attain sexual purity Heal the "father-wound" in your heart Make your marriage great Get closer to your children Care for your body
Brad Blanton - Neale Donald Walsch - Honest to God
"Nobody tells the truth about anything anymore. Not anything important. Everybody's lying to everybody else, and everybody knows it." With these words, two great figures in the emerging culture of consciousness begin a searingly powerful dialog about the practical applications of honesty in our everyday lives. Neale Donald Walsh, five times New York Times bestselling author of the book series Conversations with God, and Brad Blanton, noted seminar leader and bestselling author of the Radical Honesty books, here speak with one voice about the new spiritual revolution and its application to both personal and political life. This book shows the absolute necessity for individual and social transformation and the absolute necessity for honesty in order to bring it about. Climbing down from the ivory tower of philosophers to tackle the problems that vex real people - lying about income taxes, a spouse's infidelity, a terminal diagnosis for a parent or child, the sudden loss of a job, the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks - the authors give us a blueprint for living fully, authentically and honestly in a world full of lies. And they fearlessly confront the changes we need in governance to deal with the social tragedies that focus the attention of today's world. Their message of honesty offers real hope. Yet it does not gloss over the courage and conviction required to make lasting changes. The authors show that just as great personal tragedy often sparks positive growth if we're willing to face it, great social tragedy can also serve as a pivotal opportunity for positive social transformation.
Valorie Burton - Why Not You?
Whatever your career goals… Whatever your financial objectives… Whatever your personal dreams… You Can Do It! This action-oriented, step-by-step guide helps you build the authentic self-confidence that comes from knowing who you are, what you want–and equips you to go get it. With motivational expert Valorie Burton as your personal coach and a 28-day plan, Why Not You? provides the tools you need to … ·gain the assurance needed to transform your thinking ·focus on who you are, not what you do ·give yourself permission to be imperfect ·stop competing and comparing ·eliminate your confidence stealers ·learn how to achieve success by being authentic Packed with unforgettable examples, pointers, and sparkplugs for ideas that work uniquely for you, Why Not You? reveals the secrets to building authentic personal confidence from the inside-out. Whatever your goal or your starting point, Valorie Burton equips you with proven experience to take the next steps to advance your career, finances, and relationships.
Paul Pearsall, Ph.D. - The Beethoven Factor
True or False? Stress is good for you! Conventional wisdom insists that the statement is false, that stress is a thief robbing us of our ability to relax and enjoy life to its fullest. But for centuries, poets and philosophers have celebrated the ups and downs of life as the very essence of living, the spice that enables us to taste life fully. So who's right? The new, fast-emerging positive psychology movement is affirming the timeless wisdom of the philosophers by showing that it is not stress itself preventing us from enjoying life, but out negative reaction to stress that does the damage. Positive psychology confirms that rather than shrinking from adversity, we must become engaged by it--and thrive through it--before we can savor all the sweetness life has to offer. Dr. Paul Pearsall, bestselling author and a leading figure in the field of positive psychology, calls this proven phenomenon of converting stress into personal discovery and transformation Stress-Induced Growth, and says it is the essential element to unlock your life's full potential. In "The Beethoven Factor", Pearsall introduces you to the people he calls thrivers, individuals who face life's unavoidable challenges head-on and grow stronger and more vital as a result. Included are the amazing and inspiring stories of these so-called thrivers, including composer Ludwig von Beethoven who wrote his best-loved symphonies despite total deafness, and the author himself who overcame stage IV cancer. Pearsall explains that these thrivers have important lessons to teach us about the life-enhancing art of flourishing. Though rare, thrivers are not unique; we all have the innate ability not only to weather life's tumults, but to become better than we ever were before. "The Beethoven Factor" gives you the tools to uncover your own 'thriveability' and begin experiencing the richness, beauty, and true pleasure of living. About the Author Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who opened the world's first positive psychology clinic, an achievement for which he was awarded the Rush Gold Medal from the International Psychiatric Association. Pearsall is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, most notably "The Pleasure Prescription" and "The Heart's Code". One of the most requested speakers in the world, Pearsall gives presentations at more than 30 events each year and is a frequent consultant to national television including Dateline, 20/20, and CNN. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.