A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World
Author: Colin Beavan
“This is the book where self-help turns into helping the world—and then turns back into helping yourself find a better life. Fascinating and timely!”—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet What does it take to achieve a successful and satisfying life? Not long ago, the answer seemed as simple as following a straightforward path: college, career, house, marriage, kids, and a secure retirement. Not anymore. Staggering student loan debt, sweeping job shortages, a chronically ailing economy—plus the larger issues of global unrest, poverty, and our imperiled environment—make the search for fulfillment more challenging. And, as Colin Beavan, activist and author of No Impact Man, proclaims, more exciting. In this breakthrough book, Beavan extends a hand to those seeking more meaning and joy in life even as they engage in addressing our various world crises. How to Be Alive nudges the unfulfilled toward creating their own version of the Good Life—a life where feeling good and doing good intersect. He urges readers to reexamine the “standard life approaches” to pretty much everything and to experiment with life choices that are truer to their values, passions, and concerns. How do you stop placing limits on your potential impact? How do you make your choices really matter in everything from your clothing purchases to your career? How do you find the people who will most support you in your quest for a good life? To answer these questions and more, Beavan draws on classic literature and philosophy; surprising new scientific findings; and the uplifting personal stories of real-life “lifequesters”—people who are breaking away from those old broken paths, blazing fresh trails, and reveling in every step along the way. “There is a movement afoot for a better life and Colin Beavan is its prophet, with a new book as powerful as his already classic No Impact Man.”—John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza
The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
Author: Colin Beavan
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The riotous story of a guilty liberal who snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, turns off his power, and becomes a bicycle nut in an effort to make zero environmental impact Manhattanite Colin Beavan spent a year trying to live without a net environmental impact, and he dragged his baby daughter and Prada-loving wife along for the ride (bicycle-powered, of course). In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air conditioning, no television…What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more satisfying or less satisfying? Is it worthwhile or senseless? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavour, which ultimately challenges each of us to embrace green living. * The publisher has aimed for sustainability in all aspects of this book’s production. For example, the interior paper is 100% post-consumer recycled, processed without chlorine, and certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council and EcoLogo. Instead of a jacket, the cover boards are stamped directly with ink, and the boards themselves are made from 100% recycled and FSC-certified materials.
Portable Life Museum
Author: Keri Smith
Encouraging readers to explore the world around in the roles of artists and scientists, an interactive handbook explains how to observe and document the science and art of everyday life. Original.
The New Psychology of Happiness
Author: Alex Lickerman,Ash ElDifrawi
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Fresh on the heels of his phenomenally-received book, The Undefeated Mind, Dr. Lickerman and co-author Dr. ElDifrawi offer a whole new perspective on understanding and achieving happiness. In this highly engaging and eminently practical book-told in the form of a Platonic dialogue recounting real-life patient experiences- Drs. Lickerman and ElDifrawi assert that the reason genuine, longlasting happiness is so difficult to achieve and maintain is that we're profoundly confused not only about how to go about it, but also about what happiness is. In identifying nine basic erroneous views we all have about what we need to be happy-views they term the core delusions-Lickerman and ElDifrawi show us that our happiness depends not on our external possessions or even on our experiences but rather on the beliefs we have that shape our most fundamental thinking. These beliefs, they argue, create ten internal life-conditions, or worlds, through which we continuously cycle and that determine how happy we're able to be. Drawing on the latest scientific research as well as Buddhist philosophy, Lickerman and ElDifrawi argue that once we learn to embrace a correct understanding of happiness, we can free ourselves from the suffering the core delusions cause us and enjoy the kind of happiness we all want, the kind found in the highest of the Ten Worlds, the world of Enlightenment.
The Danish Way to Live Well
Author: Meik Wiking
Publisher: Penguin UK
Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. 'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.
A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere
Author: Bradford Angier
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Category: Sports & Recreation
HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS is a practical, readable-and potentially indispensable-manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors. Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver.
Discovering the Joy That Comes from Sacrificial Love
Author: Dr. Larry Crabb
Publisher: Baker Books
How to Love When You Don't Feel Like Loving Everywhere we look, we see evidence that love is in short supply. Terrorists and political corruption, school shootings and troubled marriages, impatient online sniping and character assassination--all point to the fact that we do not know how to love one another as Jesus commanded and modeled. We put our own interests and happiness first, despite the fact that the greatest happiness comes through sacrificial love. In this book, Dr. Larry Crabb shows readers how to understand the deep and perfect love we are shown by our Creator and Redeemer, and how to pour that love into other people. This love is about more than being nice and serving others. It's about relating to others in such a way that they feel heard, seen, and valued. This love sacrifices and suffers and keeps loving, even when doing so is costly. This kind of love, says Crabb, is the kind worth fighting for in all of our relationships, and A Different Kind of Happiness shows how to make it a reality.
Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving
Author: Jenny Santi
A guide to how giving can be the key to happiness—combining the latest research with firsthand accounts from Goldie Hawn, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, and others. As a Philanthropy advisor, Jenny Santi has met some of the world’s most notable and inspiring change-makers. Despite their diverse backgrounds, each of these people has related to Santi that the thing in their life that has given them the most joy is the simple act of giving. In this inspiring book, Santi shares their stories – how they found purpose, healed from past wounds, and discovered meaning beyond material success – as well as her own personal struggles in finding happiness in order to inspire readers to discover the power of giving in their own lives. Told firsthand by such notable people as Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp, philanthropist Richard Rockefeller, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, and many others, the stories in this book make an eloquent and passionate case that oftentimes the answers to the problems that haunt us, and the key to the happiness that eludes us, lie in helping others. In this book you will discover: - How altruism activates the same pleasure centers of the brain stimulated by food, sex, and drugs - Practical, universally applicable lessons on what kind of giving makes people happy and what doesn’t. - How to give your time, talents, and treasures in ways that are more impact-oriented, energizing, and rewarding than ever In this inspiring book, Santi reveals giving is the secret to living a life that is full of meaning, purpose, and happiness.
A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart
Author: Willie Nelson,Turk Pipkin
Publisher: Gotham Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The country-music singer and songwriter draws on the principles of ancient Chinese philosophy to share the lessons he has learned throughout his life and career, in a collection of insights that explores such topics as friendship, religion, and war.
How Change Brings True Meaning and Happiness to Your Work and Life
Author: Jody B. Miller
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
We all desire to be happy in our work and in our personal lives, and we want to be valued for who we are. Through the transformational stories in From Drift to Shift, readers learn to recognize the opportunity to pursue life’s true purpose and to embrace it both professionally and personally. Readers will realize that profound success, down to the core of their soul, is achievable. From Drift to Shift encourages all to seek a life of meaning, to have the courage to be who they really are, and to not let external forces pressure them into being less than they can be. It helps people discover how they can make uniquely important contributions to the world.
Author: Arlene Matthews Uhl
Despite thousands of products and gurus devoted to the pursuit of happiness, this quality has remained until recently one of life's most elusive goals - prized by everyone, understood by few. Ten years ago, psychologists led by Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, founded the new discipline of Positive Psychology - literally the study of what makes people happy. Now, at hundreds of major universities across America, courses on Positive Psychology have become the best attended, most popular psychology courses. Because of its universal appeal, the white hot popularity of the subject has expanded beyond campuses into the general culture. We all want to know what science can teach us about living a happier, more satisfying life - especially as life spans grow longer. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Psychology of Happinesspulls together all of the current research in the study of happiness and helps us understand how to apply it to our everyday lives. From the workplace to the family, from personal relationships to issues of faith and spiritual fulfilment, psychology professor and psychotherapist Arlene Matthews Uhl - writing with humor, authority, and jargon-free common sense - leads the reader through practical guidance and motivation to achieve a greater sense of fulfilment and joy.
Wisdom Waters of Universalism
Author: Babaji Bob Kindler,DS Lokanath,Swami Aseshananda,Swami Brahmeshananda,Nan Huai Chin,S Jagadishan,Annapurna Sarada
Publisher: Sarada Ramakrishna Vivekananda Associations
With open arms and open minds we welcome the contemporary reader and lover of Truth to another feast for the soul, some Amrita, Nectar for the aspiring mind of the devout and avid practitioner. This open invitation is extended not only to those who have already grounded themselves in the search for Freedom via authentic spiritual traditions, but also to those who show a keen interest and feel drawn to those subtle visions and revelations of spiritual life which otherwise get obscured by the everyday goings-on of the secularized world and its conventionalized religion. Even a basic curiosity about mystical paths and ways and the esoteric wisdom they contain is apt excuse to embark upon this compelling journey which will turn the confused and restless soul, now enjoying and suffering in turns at the hands of fragmented mind and insentient matter, towards all the answers it requires and has been searching for over many lifetimes. So come, say the sages and seers, and find the highest refection of the soul possible at this sublime wisdom retreat in the isolated mountain ranges of varied spiritual experiences. Any of the tried and true pathways called authentic religions, rightly comprehended, will lead one there. The life-giving waters of Vedanta, Jainism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, and Bhakti and Karma Yogas all flow predominantly through the pages of this enlightening issue of Advaita-satya-amritam. Book reviews inclusive of world religions such as Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism also form little liquid pools of its conscious content, while eddies of Sufism, Yoga, Tantra, and Western Philosophy also play with in it — all carried on the powerful but unseen Truth-tide of Nonduality. Read on, dear soul, read on. Get immersed in the Waters of Eternal Life which, like a well-spring appearing near the thirst-filled road of embodiment, brings both peace and Self-realization to the transmigrating soul.
A User's Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind
Author: Ruby Wax
The #1 UK bestseller that presents a funny, honest, and engaging look at the craziness of modern life, explaining why we’re all just a little bit out of our minds. In Sane New World, Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health advocate - shows us just how our minds can send us mad as our internal critics play on a permanent loop tape ‘Don’t do that.. why you... you didn’t... should have... but you didn’t...’. Ruby knows those voices well. She has been on a tough but ultimately enlightening journey that has taken her from battling depression to achieving a Masters Degree from Oxford University in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. In Sane New World, Ruby helps us all understand why we sabotage our sanity, how our brains work and how we can rewire our thinking – often through simple mindfulness techniques - to find calm in a frenetic world.
A Guide to Thinking and Feeling Better About Things
Author: George Weathers
To find happiness, first we must know how we seek it. We perceive reality through combinations of feeling, training, logic and personal capability. It’s important not to operate in one area when we think we’re operating in another. We also need to separate fact from inference or opinion, and to understand causality. Advertising affects everyone today. Ads make us unhappy, because happy people aren’t in the market for anything. Ads are almost never logical, though they seldom really lie. This is good in some ways, bad in others. Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of human needs that can help us seek happiness. We need shelter, for instance; but our possessions possess us as we possess them. The simplicity baseline to shelter is a used tent, but most people would feel terrible living in one. Various forms of mobile housing are worth a look however, if only for what they can teach us about what we can tolerate, how well we can resist ads and how self-trainable we are. Home remodeling, for instance, is a dangerous pit. Fashion-worship in any area can lead to misery. Maslow didn’t see transportation as a human need, but house and car together represent over half the average American’s expenses. How can we simplify transportation without sending our feel-meter off the scale? Transportation also provides a good place to examine the new vs. used question. A lot of unhappiness involves a desire for stuff, and used stuff can help solve that. We can often buy used stuff, in good shape, for very little. Maslow said we need love and a family, but how much and what kind? The better we understand all the wildly different things that our culture lumps together as love and family, the more likely we are to be happy in this area. We treat work and play as opposites, but many people enjoy most of what they’re paid to do. If we think in terms of plurk, a mix of play and work, it’s easier to mesh reality here with Maslow’s human need for respect. We might also deal with how to treat excess the money that can accumulate as we immerse ourselves in the joyfully profitable. Excess money unmonitored produces excess stuff. How do you avoid drowning in your favorite things? Gourmet’s Disease sufferers need the best currently available. Advertising contributes greatly to this malady. You can almost always get 90% as good as the best quite cheaply. For that last 10%, the cost sharply escalates. “You deserve better,” is a poison proverb. Ads also have us spending big money on the voluntary--leisure time activities. Today’s gourmet recreational equipment is often so good that users must seek out harder and harder challenges. If we go back to cheap, used equipment, suddenly activities like skiing, golfing and motorcycle trail riding become much more fun in cheaper locales. Maslow said the highest aspiration for man is devotion to something beyond himself--self-actualization. Surveys suggest post-materialists spend time on nature, creativity or other people. All these areas, and others, offer fodder for self-actualization, and it doesn’t really matter whether or not your self-actualization meets anyone else’s standards. Don’t fret over whether others live by your principles. Don’t let others’ attention or lack of it consume you. Lots of criminal behavior springs from people who obsess about being noticed, even if it means they’ll be hated. You need to make the most of your life, not to make some who’s-who list. Things like the government and the economy are part of the service sector. Their duties to us outweigh our duties to them, or so says the Declaration of Independence. Habit, routine and loyalty can be okay, even though they all involve living in the past. There’s a strong up-side to continuing to do something effectively as you’ve always done it--or to being someone people can trust. Just check periodically to make sure the way you do things still works for you.
A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
Author: Matthieu Ricard
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Although we are materially better off than ever before, surveys show that we are depressed and listless. In his revolutionary book, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard shows that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed. Free of jargon, Happiness contains simple exercises that will train the mind to recognize and pursue happiness by concentrating on the fundamental things in life, and in doing so change the way we view the world.
Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure
Author: Elizabeth Lesser
Publisher: Ballantine Books
In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to author Maya Angelou--Lesser found that by combining a variety of religious, psychological, and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger. In The Seeker's Guid, she synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey: THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and overcome the fear of aging and death THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Practical Guide to Finding Holistic Health/Inner Peace
Author: Craig Brown
Publisher: Random House
Category: Family & Relationships
OPTIMUM HEALING is an essential guide to everyone interested in what good health really means - and how to encourage it. Through case histories which mirror the lives of ordinary people everywhere, Dr Craig Brown shows that physical illness is often the expression of a deeper emotional and spiritual problem. He explains that five negative attributes underly all illness: anger, depression, guilt, attachment and worry, and that unless these are released, as one physical symptom is cured, so another will inevitably occur. In this highly readable book, Dr Brown offers practical suggestions, excercises and ideas to help you: *Confront and release your own negative attributes *Find a balance between your body, mind and spirit *Establish harmony with your environment *Discover your own path to optimum healing and inner peace