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Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul spoke directly to the hearts of all readers whose lives have ever been changed by the love of a pet. Now the coauthors bring readers this volume, honoring the unique and enduring love that people share with their cats and dogs. Like its predecessor, this book is a joyous and inspiring collection--sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing, always filled with the special and incredibly unconditional love only cats and dogs can give. The stories in this collection celebrate those lovable furry, four-legged creatures that bring out the best in all of us, inspiring us to be happier, kinder, more understanding, and more loving. Readers will discover that many of humanity's greatest heroes, healers, and teachers are not humans at all, but those amazing cats and dogs that brighten all our lives.
Cats first purred their way into human hearts thousands of years ago, and have been our treasured companions and soul mates ever since. Whether impish kittens, regal adult cats, or serene seniors, it's impossible for us to remain indifferent to them--especially at 4 A.M. when the food bowl runs dry! So smile at their many "c'attitudes," and feed your feline passion by "purr-using" wonderful stories like these: A Russian blue comforts his mourning owner by faithfully bringing her flowers. An heroic red tabby Manx saves the family he loves from a lethal gas leak in their home. A Devon rex with extraordinary talents--including playing the piano--expands people's notions of what a cat can do. A fish-loving shorthair nearly loses his head while scavenging in the garbage disposal--but lives to meow about it. A three-legged kitty befriends a lonely third-grade girl, transforming her world and inspiring her future success in life. From playful and hilarious accounts of life with cats to heartwarming tales of cat courage, healing, and learning, each touching story in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates the special bond we share with our cats.
For thousands of years, dogs have been cherished as devoted companions and exuberant playmates--their unconditional love, limitless affection, and unwavering loyalty never fail to melt our hearts. The stories in Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul truly capture the special joy these four-legged creatures bring to our lives and hearts. The family that learns the true meaning of Christmas when their Lab needs medical care during the holidays. The intimidating Doberman who becomes a loving mother to an orphaned duckling. The homeless man whose life is changed when he meets a special dog. The pocket-size assistance dog who dials 9-1-1. The crafty beagle-mix with the munchies who helps himself from the refrigerator And many more unforgettable canine characters From exciting and entertaining accounts of courage and humor to heartwarming tales of healing and learning, each touching story in this book will inspire dog lovers to rejoice in the unique bond they share with their canine companions.
She nurtured you from a helpless infant to a successful adult. She calmed your fears and dried your tears. She praised you when you needed encouragement and pushed you when you needed motivation. She was your nurse, your maid, your coach, your chauffeur, your teacher, and your friend. She was there for you and loved you no matter what. She has the most rewarding, yet most difficult job in the world. She is your mother. This poignant collection of stories for and about the most important woman in our lives features chapters on Love, Becoming a Mother, Mothers and Daughters, Miracles, Special Moments, Letting Go, and more. It is a delightful anthology that will touch and warm the hearts of readers of all ages and from all walks of life.
Animals bring out the goodness, humanity, and optimism in people and speak directly to our souls. This joyous, inspiring, and entertaining Chicken Soup collection relates the unique bonds between animals and the people whose lives they've changed. Such as the dolphins who helped a paralyzed woman heal when doctors offered little hope, the dog who brought life into a failing marriage, the kitten who helped a mother mourn, and the flying squirrel who taught a man the power of laughter. Packed with celebrity pet-lore, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul relates the unconditional love, loyalty, courage, and companionship that only animals possess. Just like our furry, feathered and four-legged friends, this enchanting book will bring a smile to any pet lover's face ... and it's housebroken!
What would it take to make you happy? A fulfilling career, a big bank account, or the perfect mate? What if it didn't take anything to make you happy? What if you could experience happiness from the inside out -- no matter what's going on in your life? In Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, transformational expert Marci Shimoff offers a breakthrough approach to being happy, one that doesn't depend on achievements, goals, money, relationships, or anything else "out there." Most books on happiness tell you to find the things that make you happy and do more of them. Although there's nothing wrong with that, it won't bring you the kind of deep and lasting happiness most people long for -- the kind you'll never lose, no matter what happens in your life. Based on cutting-edge research and knowledge from the world's leading experts in the fields of positive psychology and neurophysiology, plus interviews with 100 truly happy people, this life-changing book provides a powerful, proven 7-step program that will enable you to be happier right now -- no matter where you start. Studies show that each of us has a "happiness setpoint" -- a fixed range of happiness we tend to return to throughout our life -- that's approximately 50 percent genetic and 50 percent learned. In the same way you'd crank up the thermostat to get comfortable on a chilly day, you can actually raise your happiness set-point! The holistic 7-step program at the heart of Happy for No Reason encompasses Happiness Habits for all areas of life: personal power, mind, heart, body, soul, purpose, and relationships. In these pages you'll discover moving and remarkable first-person stories of people who have applied these steps to their own lives and have become Happy for No Reason. You'll read phenomenal tales from a former drug dealer turned minister, a hit filmmaker, and a famous actress who escaped a "family curse," as well as stories from doctors, mothers, teachers, and business executives. You'll learn practical strategies that will help you experience happiness from the inside out. You don't have to have happy genes, win the lottery, or lose twenty pounds. By the time you finish this book, you will know how to experience sustained happiness for the rest of your life.
What if you could live in a state of unconditional love all the time? If you could love people, not because they fill your needs or because they love you, but because you're connected to a state of pure love within yourself? What if you could bring the highest and best part of yourself to your family and friends, to your work, to your community, and even to the things that you find most challenging in your life? You can, when you learn to Love for No Reason.In this compelling and life-changing follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book Happy for No Reason, transformational expert Marci Shimoff now offers a breakthrough approach to experiencing unconditional love--the kind of love that doesn't depend on another person, situation, or romantic partner. This is the deepest and truest form of love and is the key to lasting joy and fulfillment in life.Love for No Reason introduces a new paradigm--love as an inner state of being that you can access at any time and in any circumstance. In this state, instead of trying to get love from the outside, you bring love to everyone and everything around you. Supported by the latest scientific research on the biochemistry of love along with ancient, time-tested wisdom from cultures across the globe, Shimoff offers a revolutionary 7-step program to develop and maintain unconditional love from the inside out.Combining practical tools and cutting-edge methods, this program empowers you to bring an open heart and unconditional love to every aspect of your life, including your relationships with yourself, your family, your friends, and your work. You'll learn how to break through the boundaries that block love's flow--whether these are past negative experiences, limiting beliefs about love, judgments, or self-doubt. You'll also gain insights from Marci's interviews with 150 Love Luminaries--world-renowned scientists, spiritual leaders, psychologists, and other experts on love, as well as people living in the state of Love for No Reason in their everyday lives. Many of these people--including a Grammy Award-winning singer, a woman who has lost and gained over a thousand pounds, and a man whose loving actions have made him a national icon--share their extraordinary and moving personal stories.Whatever your experiences of love have been in the past, you can begin to love at a higher level today. Love for No Reason is your essential guide. This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to strengthen the foundation of love within to become an unshakeable source of love for yourself and everyone around you.
There is no one like a mother. Our mothers gave us life, love us, take care of us, and want the best for us, no matter how old we are. There is no way to adequately describe the gift they have given us. No other experience in the world compares to being a mother. Being pregnant, going through labor and childbirth, and for adoptive and biological mothers, seeing your baby's face for the very first time-these are powerful occurrences are just the start of the unique role in life we call motherhood. How can we ever adequately thank our mothers for the gift of life and unconditional love? How can we honor our daughters, wives, friends, and other relatives who are mothers for the enormously important job they do? We can remember to express all the love and gratitude we feel for them. We at Chicken Soup offer this "bouquet of stories" to mothers, and their children, everywhere. We hope it will warm the heart, make you laugh and give mothers a renewed sense of purpose and courage to continue what so many feel is life's most rewarding and challenging occupation.
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