Motivation and Inspiration Library

  • 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 ...
  • Fire Your Shrink & Read This Book Instead
    Stop whining, repeating harmful behaviors, making excuses. Pick one that fits and get busy. That’s what our author would tell us. When I began David M. Klein’s Fire Your Shrink and Read This Book Instead, my reaction ...
  • The Secret of What Makes a Winner
    “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” That was a playground cheer when I was growing up. It turns out ...
  • Book Review: Finding Ultra
    Recently I read the memoir of an endurance athlete, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. It tells the story of Rich Roll, who, after a ...
  • How I Learned To Smile From the Inside
    “Hope is the only emotion that will keep us going even when all other lights have gone out, even when there is no end in sight, and the world is ending. Hope is what keeps ...
  • ADHD According to Zoë: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys
    Women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will benefit heart, mind, and soul from reading Zoë Kessler’s new book ADHD According to Zoë: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus, and Finding Your Keys. ...
  • Therapists Spill: How To Strengthen Your Resilience
    Resilience is “one of the most important elements of our lives,” said clinical psychologist John Duffy, Ph.D. Some ...
  • Giving Myself Permission: Putting Fear & Doubt in Their Place
    A woman posted a sign in her kitchen that read simply, “You deserve it.” Every day she’d look at the sign and remind herself: I can make decisions; I can pursue my dreams; I can ...
  • Becoming a Nontraditional Student
    Neisha, a divorced mom who lives with her 5-year-old son and her new boyfriend, came into my office and flopped into a chair. ...
  • Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
    Wine connoisseurs, picky shoppers, and many others may bristle at Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. We don’t like to be told that we make our decisions not on logical and reasonable grounds, ...
  • 9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now
    When you’re feeling anxious, you might feel stuck and unsure of how to feel better. You might even ...

 

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