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“The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact in a Challenging World” by Tal Ben-Shahar and Angus Ridgway

The key, he learned, was leadership: the ability to influence the thinking and activities of other people in a shared effort to achieve goals and, ultimately, to realize a shared vision. Organizations that had good leaders—not just at the top … Continue reading

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“The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt

Because our library is also effectively infinite—no one person can ever read more than a tiny fraction—we face the paradox of abundance: Quantity undermines the quality of our engagement. Like a rider on the back of an elephant, the conscious, … Continue reading

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“Do Less, Get More” by Shaa Wasmund

When we take a closer look we begin to see and understand the true consequences of our constant ‘busyness’. Are we genuinely enjoying our lives, doing what we love and being with the people who matter? Or are we rushing … Continue reading

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“Real Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg: Part Two

Not paying attention keeps us in an endless cycle of wanting. We move on to the next thing because we aren’t really taking in what we already have; inattention creates an escalating need for stimulation. Everything goes away. Every sensation, … Continue reading

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“Real Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg: Part One

“Just get out and do it.” That’s usually what I have to tell myself to take even 20 minutes of time to practice meditating. Like this book says, it can and will change your life. If you want another look … Continue reading

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“The Practicing Mind” by Thomas Sterner: Part Two

Progress is a natural result of staying focused on the process of doing anything. When you stay on purpose, focused in the present moment, the goal comes to you with frictionless ease. However, when you constantly focus on the goal … Continue reading

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“The Practicing Mind” by Thomas Sterner: Part One

I struggle with keeping my “must read” list short enough to be realistic. This book offers practical, executable advice for how to maintain mindfulness in your everyday life. Much like “The Positive Dog”, “10% Happier”, and “Essentialism”, “The Practicing Mind” … Continue reading

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“10% Happier” by Dan Harris: Part Two

Mindfulness is the ability to recognize what is happening in your mind right now—anger, jealousy, sadness, the pain of a stubbed toe, whatever—without getting carried away by it. According to the Buddha, we have three habitual responses to everything we … Continue reading

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“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo: Part Two

Mementos are reminders of a time when these items gave us joy. Truly precious memories will never vanish even if you discard the objects associated with them. When you think about your future, is it worth keeping mementos of things … Continue reading

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Happiness Again

We chose how we behave. What’s the point in deliberately being miserable? “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

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