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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being Lowest new price: $8.94
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Author: Martin E. P. Seligman
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From the bestselling author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness comes “a relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness” (Kirkus Reviews).

“This book will help you flourish.”

With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years—and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different—it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition.

Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.

While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to flourish? “Well-being” takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment—or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment.

Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy—the very fabric of society—Flourish tells inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, including how the entire U.S. Army is now trained in emotional resilience; how innovative schools can educate for fulfillment in life and not just for workplace success; and how corporations can improve performance at the same time as they raise employee well-being.

With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition

Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition Lowest new price: $4.75
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Author: William Bridges
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The best-selling guide for coping with changes in life and work, named one of the 50 all-time best books in self-help and personal development

Whether you choose it or it is thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since Transitions was first published, this supportive guide has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with these issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. With the understanding born of both personal and professional experience, William Bridges takes readers step by step through the three stages of any transition: The Ending, The Neutral Zone, and, eventually, The New Beginning. Bridges explains how each stage can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future. With a new introduction highlighting how the advice in the book continues to apply and is perhaps even more relevant today, and a new chapter devoted to change in the workplace, Transitions will remain the essential guide for coping with the one constant in life: change.

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The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders

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Author: John E. Sarno
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The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's distinguished career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer, going beyond pain to address the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mindbody) disorders.

The interaction between the generally reasonable, rational, ethical, moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind appears to be the basis for mindbody disorders. The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud's crucial role, and describes the psychology responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. The failure of medicine's practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mindbody disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States.

One of the most important aspects of psychosomatic phenomena is that knowledge and awareness of the process clearly have healing powers. Thousands of people have become pain-free simply by reading Dr. Sarno's previous books. How and why this happens is a fascinating story, and is revealed in The Divided Mind.

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The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams Lowest new price: $6.92
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Author: Debbie Ford

The bestselling, beloved classic on how to go into the dark side of yourself to bring out the light -- now with new material.

Debbie Ford believes that we each hold within us a trace of every human characteristic that exists, the capacity for every human emotion. We are born with the ability to express this entire spectrum of characteristics. But, Ford points out, our families and our society send us strong messages about which ones are good and bad. So when certain impulses arise, we deny them instead of confronting them, giving them a healthy voice, then letting them go.

It is to these feelings that Ford turns our attention, these parts of our selves that don't fit the personae we have created for the rest of the world. She shows us the effects of living in the dark, of keeping all our supposedly unsavory impulses under wraps. We find ourselves disproportionately frustrated and angry at the selfishness of friends, the laziness of colleagues, the arrogance of siblings. When we are unable to reconcile similar impulses in ourselves, Ford explains, we waste our own energy judging others instead of empathizing. But most important, we deny ourselves the power and freedom of living authentically.

Through the stories and exercises in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford shows us not only how to recognize our hidden emotions, but also how to find the gifts they offer us. This is for fans of Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, and Deepak Chopra. The very impulses we most fear may be the key to what is lacking in our lives.

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Be Better: Stories of success, failure and learnings along the way.

Be Better: Stories of success, failure and learnings along the way. Lowest new price: $8.99
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Author: Chad Bockius

Early Praise

“What started as helpful life lessons and letters to his children has blossomed into an invaluable resource and read for anyone that wants to Be Better. Bockius poignantly describes that like software we, as humans, are always in beta - but it's through our struggle and ultimate growth that we become better and contribute to the world.”
Erik Qualman: New York Times Best-Selling Author and Motivational Speaker.

"These kind of insightful collections, from those who pay attention to living, are truly gifts to the world, and anyone who reads Chad's book will recognize that even though he's humble about what he's offering, there's real wisdom in what he's found."
Dr. Dan French: TV Writer, Producer, and Entrepreneur

"Earnest and wise; these are the practical thoughts of a philosopher dad, from which all of us can benefit whether we are willing to admit it or not."

Harry Max: Founder, CEO and Google Leadership Coach

“Intelligent and insightful. A catalyst for constructive reflection from which to make a more purposeful step forward each day, week and year.”
Criss Harms: Chief Financial Officer


“All dads want to share what life has taught them. Chad’s letters are a humble, loving gift from a father to his children and well worth the read.”
 
Alex Shootman: CEO and Philanthropist 


“Enlightening and chock-full of valuable life lessons. Not only did it speak toward success as an individual, but it laid out a pathway for being a better person. Regardless of age, the bearing on our compass needs to be checked from time to time to assure we are indeed living the life we want to live.”

Brett Hessenius: Triple Crown Hiker


Book Summary

When it comes to what matters in life, there is no finish line. Are you ever done being a better father, husband, friend, neighbor or professional?

What started as a project to help a father’s children learn from his success and failures led him to the realization that he could still be better.

This book shares 70 letters covering a range of life lessons.

  • How small everyday choices can lead to greatness or mediocrity
  • How to approach the inevitable adversity of life
  • How becoming a lifelong learner opens up a world of possibilities
  • How to prioritize life to make sure you achieve your dreams and goals
  • How to make simple money decisions that get you to those goals faster

Everyone is looking for more - more happiness, passion, money, motivation, success, meaning. And it’s within our power to have it. This book is a jump-start for anyone looking to get the most out of life, be their best self and deal with a changing world that is coming faster than ever.


The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions

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Author: Barbara Pease
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Available for the first time in the United States, this international bestseller reveals the secrets of nonverbal communication to give you confidence and control in any face-to-face encounter–from making a great first impression and acing a job interview to finding the right partner.

It is a scientific fact that people’s gestures give away their true intentions. Yet most of us don’t know how to read body language–and don’t realize how our own physical movements speak to others. Now the world’s foremost experts on the subject share their techniques for reading body language signals to achieve success in every area of life.

Drawing upon more than thirty years in the field, as well as cutting-edge research from evolutionary biology, psychology, and medical technologies that demonstrate what happens in the brain, the authors examine each component of body language and give you the basic vocabulary to read attitudes and emotions through behavior.

Discover:
• How palms and handshakes are used to gain control
• The most common gestures of liars
• How the legs reveal what the mind wants to do
• The most common male and female courtship gestures and signals
• The secret signals of cigarettes, glasses, and makeup
• The magic of smiles–including smiling advice for women
• How to use nonverbal cues and signals to communicate more effectively and get the reactions you want

Filled with fascinating insights, humorous observations, and simple strategies that you can apply to any situation, this intriguing book will enrich your communication with and understanding of others–as well as yourself.

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Advice That Sticks: How to give financial advice that people will follow

Advice That Sticks: How to give financial advice that people will follow Lowest new price: $15.76
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Author: Dr Moira Somers

The advice is sound; the client seems eager; and then… nothing happens! Too often, this is the experience that financial professionals encounter in their daily work. When good recommendations go unimplemented, clients’ well-being is compromised, opportunities are lost, and the professional relationship grows strained. Advice that Sticks takes aim at the problem of financial non-adherence. Written by a neuropsychologist and financial change expert, this book examines the five main factors that determine whether a client will follow through with financial advice. Individual client psychology plays a role in non-adherence; so, too, do sociocultural and environmental factors, general advice characteristics, and specific challenges pertaining to the emotionally loaded domain of money. Perhaps most surprising, however, is the extent to which advice-givers themselves can foil implementation. A great deal of non-adherence is due to preventable mistakes made by financial professionals and their teams. The author integrates her extensive clinical and consulting experience with research findings from the fields of positive psychology, behavioural economics, neuroscience, and medicine. What emerges is a thoughtful, funny, but above all practical guide for anyone who makes a living providing financial advice. It will become an indispensable handbook for people working with clients across the wealth spectrum. “Finally, someone is willing to tackle the complex issue of client compliance and how change occurs in the area of personal and business finance. Written by an expert in the field of financial psychology, the book delivers humility, humor and wisdom. It guides the reader in learning how to close the gap between good intentions and actions." - Courtney Pullen, M.A., Author, Intentional Wealth "This is a great book! A worn and dog-eared copy belongs on the bookshelf of every financial advisor who views financial planning as a calling and a profession." - Rick Kahler, MSFP, CFP®, Author, Conscious Finance "Consumers know they need to do things differently with respect to their money, but are often dismayed or baffled by their own self-sabotaging habits. Financial professionals have not always known how to be helpful in creating lasting behaviour change. They’ve relied too much on the provision of information and the occasional stern lecture. This book will change all that. It is superbly written, and well-positioned to help a lot of people. - Kelley Keehn, Finance author & consumer advocate "Dr. Moira Somers has given professional advisors an inspired gift in Advice That Sticks. She shares dozens of adherence-boosting strategies, including outstanding recommended questions to ask clients. I love Somers’ delightfully dry humor, which sparkles throughout! This book’s insightful, disciplined, evidence-based process will enhance advisors’ effectiveness as advice-givers." - Kathleen Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®, CeFT®, Author, Moving Forward on Your Own "With this book, every financial professional has access to deeply practical advice on how to listen, observe and respond while helping clients make their best life and money decisions. This is the book that connects financial planners and wealth advisors with the human experience of decision-making, commitments and adaptation to change." - Susan Bradley, CFP®, Founder, Sudden Money Institute "Financial professionals need to understand their clients’ values, attitudes and beliefs about money, emotions, biases and social influences, and then connect with their clients with in a way that motivates and facilitates the right outcomes. This book highlights the importance of these skills along with Moira’s helpful insights and guidance for providing advice that sticks." - Joan Yudelson, CFP®, VP, Professional Practice, Financial Planning Standards Council

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150 More Group Therapy Activities & TIPS

150 More Group Therapy Activities & TIPS Lowest new price: $21.26
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Author: Judith A. Belmont

Bestselling author Judith Belmont has created another treasure chest of hands-on and easy-to-use handouts, activities, worksheets, mini-lessons and quizzes that help clients develop effective life skills.

150 More Group Therapy Activities & TIPS, the fourth in her Therapeutic Toolbox series, provides a wealth of psycho-educational ideas with Belmont's signature T.I.P.s format (Theory, Implementation, and Processing).

Ready-to-use tools include:
-Interactive strategies for leading successful group experiences
-DBT, CBT, ACT and positive psychology-inspired resources
-Communication skills-building activities
-Coping skills using mindfulness and stress resiliency practices
-Self-esteem and self-compassion guides for changing thoughts
-Fun team building exercises and ice breakers
-Practical resources for adults, adolescents & children

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The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It Lowest new price: $8.77
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Author: Kelly McGonigal
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Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, offers a surprising new view of stress—one that reveals the upside of stress, and shows us exactly how to capitalize on its benefits.

You hear it all the time: stress causes heart disease; stress causes insomnia; stress is bad for you! But what if changing how you think about stress could make you happier, healthier, and better able to reach your goals? Combining exciting new research on resilience and mindset, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, proves that undergoing stress is not bad for you; it is undergoing stress while believing that stress is bad for you that makes it harmful. In fact, stress has many benefits, from giving us greater focus and energy, to strengthening our personal relationships.
 
McGonigal shows readers how to cultivate a mindset that embraces stress, and activate the brain's natural ability to learn from challenging experiences. Both practical and life-changing, The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a toolkit for getting better at it—by understanding, accepting, and leveraging it to your advantage.

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100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter)

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter) Lowest new price: $18.26
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Author: Susan Weinschenk
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We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.

Learn to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:

  • What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen?
  • What makes memories stick?
  • What is more important, peripheral or central vision?
  • How can you predict the types of errors that people will make?
  • What is the limit to someone’s social circle?
  • How do you motivate people to continue on to (the next step?
  • What line length for text is best?
  • Are some fonts better than others?
These are just a few of the questions that the book answers in its deep-dive exploration of what makes people tick.

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