“The Kindness Cure” Book

Because gratitude, happiness, and positive leadership are favorite subjects of my blog posts, I was given the opportunity to read a pre-publication edition of The Kindness Cure, by Tara Cousineau, PhD, which will be published on February 2. "Be Nice" is the second of my Six Simple Rules and when I…

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Holding on Is Holding You Back

This is a guest post by Courtney Carver. I had the opportunity to read a pre-publication edition of Courtney’s new book Soulful Simplicity, which will be published December 26th by Tarcher/Perigee, a division of Penguin Random House, and I asked if she would like to write a piece about one…

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Book: Asking for It

I recently read Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It, by Kate Harding. Harding pulls no punches in her assault on rape culture. She gives examples that will surely disgust any thinking person. “If we all abhor rape,” she says, “how did…

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Book: Missoula & Staying Safe

I recently finished reading an extremely disturbing book, Missoula, by John Krakauer. Krakauer is the author of two other fascinating, non-fiction books I had read, Into Thin Air and Into the Wild. While Missoula was disturbing, I couldn’t put it down. Subtitled “Rape and the Justice System in a College…

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Zen Habits book: Breaking a Bad Habit

Over the last two weeks I shared some background, and then some highlights from a wonderful book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change by Leo Babauta. As Leo explains, quitting a bad habit is harder than starting a good one because you have the urge to continue the bad habit. Here…

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Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, Part 2

I just finished reading a wonderful book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change by Leo Babauta. Last week I introduced the book and shared some background, and this week I’ll share some of the highlights from Leo’s book, which I highly recommend. Mindfulness. Leo learned to watch his mind. He…

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Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, Part 1

I just finished reading a wonderful book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, by Leo Babauta. Leo has written, in many ways, what I have envisioned as a possible follow-up to Six Simple Rules for a Better Life. I wanted Six Simple Rules for a Better Life not to be another one…

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10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place, Author Interview

  Late last year, I was fortunate to learn about 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), a wonderful book by Galen Pearl. After reading the book, I had the pleasure of interviewing Galen—about the book, her life, and the 10 Steps. I'm grateful to Galen for taking…

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3 Great Habits from Dr. Covey’s Seven

Stephen Covey passed away just over two week ago, on July 16. He would have been 80 this coming October. Later that week, a great man named Herb, the dad of my friend, passed away. He, too, would have turned 80 later this year. This post is dedicated to Herb…

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The Book of Awesome

The other day I left my house at 7:00am for a 9:00am appointment in Manhattan. I do my best to allow extra time in order to be sure to be on time, and even better, to arrive early. In this case, I allowed more than the usual amount of time…

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Book Review, Interview, & Giveaway – Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, by Lori Deschene

I am pleased to feature Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions by Lori Deschene as this site’s inaugural book review. Lori is my favorite blogger. Her posts on Tiny Buddha are simple yet deep, practical yet not obvious, and plentiful yet not overwhelming. She is a gifted writer. Her words…

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I Get By With a Lot of Help From My Friends

Someone asked me recently if my book, and specifically, the “Be Happy” chapter, covers the “big stuff”, such as dealing with death of a loved one. It doesn’t — and at one point in talks I give about the book, when I suggest letting go of negative thoughts, I specifically…

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