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Therapists Spill: The Books I Turn to on a Difficult Day

April 23rd, 2014
Sometimes, just reading a few words of wisdom or support can help to soothe us and give us clarity. Reading certain books can move us into a kinder space. It can inspire and empower us. Or it ...

One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

BOOK REVIEW.
Regardless of whether you believe in positive thinking or view of it as a hokey concept, you almost cannot go a day without seeing or hearing some example of it. In One Simple Idea, Mitch Horowitz takes us into the history of the movement, exploring the science of it (while noting that researchers have never ...

The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation

BOOK REVIEW.
Would you like to change the world in 28 days? How about something more manageable, like becoming a more relaxed, gracious, and loving person? Sean Meshorer’s The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation is designed to guide the reader through 28 bliss-enhancing practices. While the book, and especially its tone, did not earn my ...

Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose & Passion

BOOK REVIEW.
“There I was, on a Broadway stage. Naked with the rest of the cast of Oh! Calcutta! The drugs and alcohol must not have been working because I was literally crawling out of my skin.” So begins the preface of Marcia Ullett’s book Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose and Passion. This sets the tone ...

Meet the Parents: Navigating the Holiday Dinner without the Stress

Meet the Parents: Navigating Holiday Dinner without the StressWith holidays approaching, my son-in-law reminisced about the first time he came for a holiday meal. He and my daughter had only been dating for awhile. They each weren’t sure if they had met “The One” but were ...

Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life

BOOK REVIEW.
What a wonderful book this is! The topic is a universal concern, in varying degrees, for all of us. It is written in an easy-to-read style that is almost conversational. It provides common sense advice. This book is laid out very simply. Each chapter discusses one of the author’s 10 ways that we suffer unhappiness. ...

What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging

BOOK REVIEW.
I love stories and myths, and I am pushing 60. So the title of this book, What Aging Men Want, intrigued me. Author John C. Robinson gears his work toward men in their mid-sixties and older. Until men “experience the reality of aging and accept the inevitability of death,” Robinson writes, they will still be at ...

Three Things You Need to Know about Rockets

BOOK REVIEW.
  What was I looking for? I didn’t know, but I knew the taste of it. It was a feeling I wasn’t having in Los Angeles and wasn’t having that time in my work. -- Jessica A. Fox Jessica A. Fox’s Three Things You Need To Know About Rockets is dubbed as the “romantic memoir ...

Therapists Spill: What Brings Me Joy

Therapists Spill: What Brings Me Joy Some of us may experience joy on most days. Others may only experience joy during big celebrations like birthdays and weddings. Still others of us may worry that we’ve lost our sense of joy. For this month’s “Therapists Spill” series, we ...

Claim Your Life: Transform Your Unwanted Subconscious Beliefs Into an Exhilarating Source of Power

BOOK REVIEW.
Live the life you’ve always dreamed. Sound like an infomercial? What if you really sat down, focused hard, created a plan and removed all of your self-doubts and negativity? Then you really could be living the life you always dreamed, write authors Boni Oian and Emily Sanderson in their slender, idealistic, but solid book Claim Your Life. Mostly, Oian ...

Lessons for Living Beyond the Ego: Sustaining Your Journey to Love, Joy & Peace

BOOK REVIEW.
We all want to be happy, but for many of us, attaining the peace and joy that we desire seems like a never-ending struggle. In David Mutchler’s most recent book, Lessons for Living Beyond the Ego: Sustaining Your Journey to Love, Joy, and Peace, he argues that ego is what stands between us and the ...

The Motivated Mind: Where Our Passion & Creativity Comes From

The Motivated Mind: Where Our Passion & Creativity Comes FromThe most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson Is there a secret to greatness? Is there an underlying ...

Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, Emotions

Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, EmotionsMusic is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be ...

Emotional Equations: Simple Steps for Creating Happiness + Success in Business + Life

BOOK REVIEW.
As the title suggests, Chip Conley’s Emotional Equations proposes a simplified, logical, almost mathematical approach to managing some of the modern world’s most common challenges. Drawing on wisdom from a broad range of psychology researchers, philosophers, writers, and world leaders, Conley presents readers with a number of realistic and useful formulas for thinking through problems ...

Book Review: Southern Vapors

BOOK REVIEW.
Who would have thought a book by a privileged southern belle turned lawyer could hold so much charm and wit, and leave the reader with the belief that they too can be better? Southern Vapors tells the autobiographical story of a woman who descends into a deep depression after her unhealthy coping mechanisms catch up ...

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow

BOOK REVIEW.
“I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has left her chronically ill and at times confined in her home on bed rest. She had been a law professor ...

Being Resilient & Savoring in Spite of Change, Death

Being Resilient & Savoring in Spite of Change, DeathI’m probably not alone in claiming that the subject of death makes me uncomfortable and kind of fearful. Life simply does not last; however, we of course can still find enjoyment while we are here. And on a ...

The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life

BOOK REVIEW.
“I’ve discovered there’s genuine healing power in sharing your struggles. Accurately identifying what they are and where they came seems to take away their power.” With her book, LaDonna Gatlin does just that. The author is the sister of the famous Gatlin Brothers country music group. The Song in You, which she wrote with the help ...

7 Tips for Living in a Loud World

7 Tips for Living in a Loud WorldIf you were to see me lead a group or speak on a topic I feel passionate about, you would probably see a high energy, dynamic -- and, on a good day -- charismatic speaker. What you probably ...

Right Now Enough is Enough! Overcoming Addictions & Bad Habits for Good

BOOK REVIEW.
As someone who has battled substance abuse, I was curious as to how a book could help the reader “overcome” addiction in a matter of 30 days or less. This undertaking, in Right Now Enough is Enough, by Peter Andrew Sacco, is an especially large one, given that so many loyal AA, NA, and other 12-step program ...

Therapists Spill: My Thoughts On Change And How I Help Clients Get There

Therapists Spill: My Thoughts On Change And How I Help Clients Get ThereChange is pivotal in therapy. In fact, it’s the reason people seek professional help in the first place, according to Deborah Serani, Psy.D, a clinicial psychologist and author of the ...

Defending Happiness, and Other Acts of Bravery

BOOK REVIEW.
There are a lot of books about how to become happier. Amy Shea’s Defending Happiness, and Other Acts of Bravery takes the goal further. It’s not enough to find your bliss, she tells us: You have to defend it. Better yet, she conveys that point not through hackneyed self-help language, but a collection of amusing ...

What’s on Your Plate? Stress Management Strategies

What's on Your Plate? Stress Management StrategiesDo you wish there were more hours in the day to get through your to-do list? Have you had a friend ask, “Are you okay?” If so, were you surprised because you hadn’t even noticed what you were ...