Motivation and Inspiration Library

  • Being You, Changing the World
    So you’re having a bad time of it. Well, perhaps you should “demand of the Universe: Either my life completely changes or I am out of here.” If you are truly serious, then plan for your ...
  • Teaching Children to Do Hard Things
    A child and his grandfather are at the playground. There is a high teepee set up with ropes and it looks ...
  • Emotional Wellness: The Other Half of Treating Cancer
    Your friend was diagnosed with cancer this morning. She is scared and you are scared. Distraught, you make a beeline to a bookstore, seeking guidance. As you browse through various books, you come across one ...
  • Back from the Brink: True Stories & Practical Help for Overcoming Depression & Bipolar Disorder
    “We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ...
  • Therapists Spill: The Keys to Creating Positive Change
    Creating positive changes in your life is tough. It can be scary. “We fear the unknown, fear failure, even fear ...
  • Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life
    With an M.B.A. as well as an M.D., Sanjay Jain has written the type of book that you’d imagine coming from a physician who thinks in business terms. Optimal Living 360 is smart at times, if ...
  • Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom
    Have you ever been so angry that you were enraged? So upset that you were ready to scream and throw things? Felt your heart about to pound out of your chest at the wrong done ...
  • Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy
    What should we do when life hands us lemons? According to cognitive psychologist Raeleen Mautner, the answer isn’t to make lemonade, but limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur that, with its added kick, reminds us to ...
  • Substance Abuse: The Power of Acceptance
    Accepting reality enables us to live in reality. What does this mean? When life pleases us and flows in accordance with our needs and ...
  • Trouble Is a Gift: A Story of Addiction, Recovery & Hope
    “But finally, there I was alone in this apartment, sitting in a chair, staring at the radiator waiting for the little guy to crawl out from behind it. Knowing the bottle was going to be ...
  • Book Review: By All Means
    A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of ...
  • Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook
    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution
    Ever been stuck in a conflict, unable to let go and unable to forgive others? Ever felt like conflict permeated everything? In Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, Diane Musho Hamilton, a Zen ...
  • Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression & Bullying
    Mobbing, as Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry explain in their new book, is a “destructive social process in which individuals, groups, or organizations target a person for ridicule, humiliation, and removal from the workplace.” It is ...
  • Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders
    I heard my share of mean comments about my weight, height, and personality while I was in school, but as someone who has never truly been “bullied,” I always just saw it as part of ...
  • The Riddle in the Mirror: A Journey in Search of Healing
    Author Jayni Bloch was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the era of apartheid, and that painful period is the context for her story of psychological and spiritual growth. Having grown up myself in the segregated ...
  • The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation
    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 ...
  • Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose & Passion
    “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 ...
  • Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life
    In a mere instant, Emile Allen’s life as a highly successful surgeon is destroyed. Electrocuted in an operating room accident, Allen is left with a litany of maladies, both physical and psychological: traumatic brain injury, ...
  • Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, Too
    I’ve been writing an advice column for years. Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more letters from boys who feel bad ...
  • Rethink Those Failed New Year’s Resolutions
    It’s not even the middle of January and those New Year’s resolutions are already history. You’ve fallen off the diet, started smoking again or given up on the exercise routine. You feel bad about yourself for not being able to put your good intentions into action for even two weeks. Two weeks! You scold yourself for having no willpower or for failing yet once again. You sigh and give up, perhaps rationalizing away the project. You can always claim no time, too much stress, or peer pressure, right? Wrong. You know you’re rationalizing but oh well. You can take some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Almost 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions dissolve within a month. The enthusiasm about a new year and a new beginning quickly fades. Life takes over. All the reasons you developed whatever bad habit you wanted to fix are still there. But all is not lost. You can still make that important change, whatever it was. You may just have to rethink how to go about it.
  • 5 Tips on How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions
    Why bother to make resolutions and then feel disappointed or guilty for breaking them? Do you get excited ...
  • A New Year’s Resolution for Generosity
    Isn’t it wonderful? Every January 1, we get to have a fresh start. Ring out the old. Ring in the new. We can change something significant about our lives. New Year’s resolutions are a statement of hope. We make them, not to scold ourselves, but to hold out the possibility that we can change something. So we swear we’ll finally lose that 10 (or more) pounds, that we’ll quit bad habits we enjoy, or we’ll hit the gym more often. Never mind that studies show that almost 90 percent of such resolutions are broken within two weeks of New Year’s. Our intentions were good. Oh well. I think we break those self-promises almost as soon as they’re made because they are too ambitious. We ask ourselves to take on something that has been a long-term issue and then feel too discouraged or overwhelmed by the idea to really take it on. Then we feel even worse about ourselves because once again, we didn’t do it. So we have another piece of chocolate or another cigarette and promise that maybe we’ll go the gym tomorrow.
  • Therapists Spill: My Biggest Mistake & What I Learned
    When we make mistakes many of us get stuck. We beat ourselves up. We blame ourselves for not ...

 

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