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A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk, described by scientists as "the happiest man alive," demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness. Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of Eastern and Western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness. He addresses the pursuit of a meaningful life at its most fundamental level--the strengthening of the inner conditions that lead to genuine happiness. Ricard helps readers form new patterns of interaction with themselves and with the larger world, working toward happiness step by step, starting with 20 minutes of daily mind training and meditation.
If money doesn't buy happiness, what does? From the founder and spiritual leader of the 28,000-member New York Christian Cultural Center, here is a powerful tool that can help anyone escape the grip of negativity and achieve the spiritual prosperity that can come only with discipline and wisdom. Drawing on scripture, common sense, and inspirational quotes from an army of luminaries that includes Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, Quincy Jones, and Rick Warren, Happiness Is... explains what happiness is, how to find it, and how to keep it. "Happiness isn't a commodity that can be purchased in a store," counsels Bernard. "It's a by-product of the way you choose to live and the things you choose to think." Happiness Is... teaches you not to worry about things you can't control and instead inspires you to use the talents that God has already given you to lead a purposeful, principled life. Are you ready to celebrate your life today? God's love for you is infinite. Accept it joyfully...and be happy now.
We are completely satisfied with nothing There is little correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and how happy they are. This is the repair manual we should have been handed at birth When you ask people abouttheir most cherished values in life, "happiness" is always at the top of the list. However, unhappiness does not seem to be the exceptional order to be happy, we first have to battle ourselves. Happiness is an obligation--to yourself and to others Not only do we have a right to be happy, we have an obligation to be happy. Our happiness has an effect on the lives of everyone around us--it provides them with a positive environment in which to thrive and to be happy themselves.
Advance praise for Happiness Is an Inside Job "This book will convince you that your own happiness really is much more available to you than you may have thought. Sylvia skillfully shares her inner life and her outer life and lovingly trains your mind and heart in the real practice of meditation, which is always about how you live your life right here and right now. "-Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses "Sylvia Boorstein's lessons, gleaned from a life of internal reflection and mindful teaching, are delivered with such openness, love, and affection that it feels as if you are sitting with Sylvia in her living room soaking in the wisdom of an enlightened friend-wisdom that is also consistent with findings about how mindfulness changes the brain. "-Daniel J. Siegel, M. D. , author of The Mindful Brain "A wonderful book, heartwarming and wise . . . It conveys the essence of what the Buddha taught-in the voice of a gifted storyteller, teacher, friend, and compassionate human being. "-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindess "Reading this wonderful book is like having a heart-to-heart with Sylvia. It is wise, warm, and full of great stories that will make you smile. Best of all, it will cheer your spirit by showing you how to practice happiness. " -Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart "This is a truly delightful book, filled with simple wisdom for the journey. "-Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big Life "A generous gift for all of us to enjoy, to savor, and to learn from. "-Judith S. Wallerstein, Ph. D. , co-author of What About the Kids? "Sylvia Boorstein has always been a world-class storyteller. But the stories in Happinessare altogether at a new level. I found myself talking back to this book repeatedly, saying, 'Yes! That's it! Exactly!' It should be required reading for all human beings. " -Stephen Cope, author of The Wisdom of Yoga "From the Hardcover edition. "
Meet four women who think they share nothing but a spit of land called Happiness Key.With her husband in prison, pampered Tracy Deloche is left with five ramshackle beach houses and no idea how to start over. Janya Kapur left her close-knit Indian family for an arranged marriage to a man she barely knows. Wanda Gray takes a job guaranteed to destroy her already failing marriage-if her husband cares enough to notice. Widow Alice Brooks has grown forgetful and confused. Her family comes to stay with her, but Alice isn't sure she's grateful.When the only other resident of Happiness Key dies alone in his cottage, the four women warily join forces to find his family. Together they discover difficult truths about their own lives and the men they love-and uncover the treasure of an unlikely friendship.
We all want the things that we're sure will make us happy--money, success, independence, love. But when we finally get them, we can find to our surprise that we are the same miserable, moody, or just neutral people we always were. Why is that? Is it us? Is our ability to be happy genetically programmed in us like the color of our eyes? Luckily not. You can teach yourself to be happy and enjoy every day, and M. J. Ryan, bestselling author of The Power of Patience and Attitudes of Gratitude, shows you how. In her international coaching practice, M. J. Ryan has shown hundreds of clients how to find and really feel the joy in their lives. She gives them tools to unearth what stands in their way and revolutionize the way they experience life. Now it's your turn for a Happiness Makeover. Ryan's own desire to be happier first led her to study what is known about happiness from brain science, psychology, and the wisdom traditions of the world. The Happiness Makeover draws on this wide-ranging knowledge and presents a plan that will help you: * Clear away happiness hindrances like worry, fear, envy, and grudges * Discover happiness boosters like flow, meaningful work, challenge, and gratitude * Literally rewire your brain to experience contentment--even joy * Learn to think optimistically (it really is possible!) * Find daily ways to truly enjoy, even relish, the moments of your life. Full of moving stories, inspiring quotations, and the wisdom of one who has been there before, The Happiness Makeover offers the means to find elusive happiness at last.
For two decades, Davis Phinney was one of America's most successful cyclists. He won two stages at the Tour de France and an Olympic medal. But after years of feeling off, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's. The body that had been his ally was now something else: a prison. The Happiness of Pursuit is the story of how Davis sought to overcome his Parkinson's by reaching back to what had made him so successful on the bike and adjusting his perspective on what counted as a win. The news of his diagnosis began a dark period for this vibrant athlete, but there was also light. His son Taylor's own bike-racing career was taking off. Determined to beat the Body Snatcher, Davis underwent a procedure called deep brain stimulation. Although not cured, his symptoms abated enough for him to see Taylor compete in the Beijing Olympics. Davis Phinney had won another stage. But the joy, he discovered, was in the pursuit. With humor and grace, Phinney weaves the narrative of his battle with Parkinson's with tales from his cycling career and from his son's emerging career. The Happiness of Pursuit is a remarkable story of fathers and sons and bikes, of victories large and small.
Elinor Mackey has lived her life in perfect order: college, law school, successful corporate career, marriage. But suddenly her world is falling apart. In her late 30s, she's discovered that she and her podiatrist husband, Ted, can't have children. When Elinor withdraws from Ted into an interior world of heartbreak and anger, Ted begins an affair with Gina, the nutritionist at their gym - a young woman with an oddball son who adores Ted. Meanwhile, Elinor falls in love with the oak tree in her front yard, spreading out her sleeping bag to sleep under the stars. Lolly Winston's second novel looks beyond the manicured surface of suburbia to a world of loss, longing, lust and betrayal.
It's springtime in Philadelphia, and Addy and her parents have moved from the garret into a boarding house. There Addy finds a wise and inspiring friend, M'dear. Like many people who grew up enslaved, Addy doesn't know when she was born. M'dear encourages Addy to claim a special day for her birthday, but no day seems just right. One day, M'dear falls ill. When Addy and Sarah take a streetcar to get medicine for her, they face prejudice- and danger. M'dear helps Addy overcome her anger and hurt and gives her a deeper understanding of freedom. When Addy finally claims a birthday, she has grown in many ways. Her birthday is a special day indeed, and the whole city celebrates.
Girls ages 3 to 7 will love to join Barbie®'s sisters as they plan the perfect birthday party for Barbie® in this full-color storybook--with over 30 stickers, press-out tiaras, invitations, and a birthday banner!
It's a day like no other! Amy's birthday is coming up. She's turning 13. Now she'll be an official teenager -- and she wants to celebrate with a real blow-out. But on the big day, Amy wakes up and is definitely not ready to party. Her appearance is somewhat unexpected. Her growing pains have taken on . . . well, unusual proportions. Her family and friends don't know what to do. Amy may be an extraordinary girl, but can she ever be just a normal teenager?
As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Beany is sorry to see Andy leave for the Marines. But she is excited to discover an old friend, Miggs Carmody, has come back to town. When the girls meet again, however, Miggs and her family seem changed, due to new wealth and their association with Mr. Carmody's cousin, the frosty and conniving Helena Stearns. Meanwhile, Beany's dad is investigating an oil company in which the Carmodys are involved. Helping Mr. Malone is an attractive young man, Hank Willison, and he and Beany become interested in each other. The unpredictable Norbett Rhodes is also in the picture as this turbulent episode unfolds.
From the book: It's Jesse Bear's birthday and everyone's invited to the party! Bouncy, rhyming text and cheerful illustrations show all the child- pleasing details that surround this happy event. There are colorful decorations, lots of balloons, gaily wrapped presents, new toys to play with, exciting games, a big cake with candles to blow out, goodies to eat, and a special gift from Mama and Papa. Three cheers for Jesse Bear! Children will be thrilled to join in the fun once again with the hero of Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?; Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear; Ho Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?; and It's About Time, Jesse Bear.
Little Witch worries that her birthday party will be a failure unless she can get her friends to come.
An eloquent and powerful introduction to the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This simplified summation leaves out most of the details, while bringing the essence of his life and work to young readers. A foreword offers options for softening the facts surrounding his murder for preschoolers.
From the book: An English girl is coming to stay at the McIntires', and just in time for Molly's birthday! Molly and her friends are very excited, until Emily Bennett turns out to be quite different from the glamorous girl they pictured. Emily is shy, and she seems unfriendly. Then Molly discovers that Emily is worried about her family in war-torn London, just as Molly is worried about her father, and the girls become good friends. They even plan to turn Molly's tenth birthday celebration into a real English tea party. But the friendship starts to fall apart when they can't agree about what's important, and it takes a special birthday surprise to help them patch up their hurt feelings.
IT'S PARTY TIME FOR A KILLER Suburban sleuth Christine Bennett is moved and intrigued by two poignant mementos treasured by her late Aunt May. The first is a sad little note mourning the death of a young man lost in a Connecticut wood; the other, an obituary honoring a wealthy local manufacturer who committed suicide just after his splendid fiftieth birthday celebration. Why did her aunt never mention these virtually simultaneous tragedies? Chris's investigative instincts are irresistibly whetted-especially by the bizarre discovery that the victims, though strangers, were found wearing each other's sneakers. And as she slices through the layers of the past, she uncovers the horrible truth that murder was just the icing on the cake. Once Christine has discovered her talent for investigation in #1 The Good Friday murder, her crime solving has just begun. In addition to taking on complex mysteries, including many cold cases, and meeting interesting characters, Christine confronts moral and legal issues, and matters of the human heart. Follow her further adventures in the rest of the books in this series, all in the Bookshare collection, including: #2 The Yom Kippur Murder, #3 The Christening Day Murder, #4 The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5 The Christmas Night Murder, #6 The Thanksgiving Day Murder, #7 The Passover Murder, #8 The Valentine's Day Murder, #9 The New Year's Day Murder, #10 The Labor Day Murder, #11 The Father's Day Murder, #12 The Mother's Day Murder, #13 The April Fool's Day Murder, #15 The Bar Mitzvah Murder, #16 The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17 The Cinco de Mayo Murder.
Two amateur sleuths track down Mrs. Pickett's missing birthday cake.
Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living. Since her long-ago divorce, she's created a successful TV show and reached the pinnacle of her profession, with a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? Because all the hours with her personal trainer, hairdressers, and cosmetic surgeons can't fudge the truth: Valerie is turning sixty. Valerie's daughter, April, spends every last ounce of her energy on her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York. She has no love life and no prospects. Ready or not, though, April's life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She's thirty. And what does she have to show for it? Jack Adams is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he still has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration--and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.
Meet Annie Choi. She fears cable cars and refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow. Her brother thinks chicken is a vegetable. Her father occasionally starts fires at work. Her mother collects Jesus trading cards and wears plaid like it's a job. No matter how hard Annie and her family try to understand one another, they often come up hilariously short. But in the midst of a family crisis, Annie comes to realize that the only way to survive one another is to stick together . . . as difficult as that might be. Annie Choi's Happy Birthday or Whatever is a sidesplitting, eye-opening, and transcendent tale of coping with an infuriating, demanding, but ultimately loving Korean family.
Sophie Hartley is almost sure that her dad said okay when she asked for a baby gorilla for her birthday. Soon the kids at school want to know every detail about the gorilla, and dealing with her enthusiastic classmates gets harder as the big day approaches. When teenage sister Nora leaves their shared bedroom for her own space in the attic, and close friend Jenna shows signs of becoming a shrieker, Sophie finds it hard to remain optimistic. Maybe painting her windowsills purple will help. And maybe she'll get the perfect present! Funny and believable, the story of a big birthday will please old and new Sophie fans.
It's Thomas' birthday, but where are all the presents, balloons, and silly hats? Thomas thinks his friends have forgotten, but they may have a surprise for him.
Happy Birthday to You! To all who have enjoyed a piece of birthday cake, the strains of "Happy Birthday to You" are as familiar to our ears as our own names. Yet how many people know the origin of the tune and its place in American history? In 1889 Patty and Mildred Hill, two Kentucky sisters, wrote the words and composed the melody of "Good Morning to All" for their kindergarten students. Initially written as a simple greeting to start the day, the words were changed to suit other occasions: "Happy Journey to You," "Happy Christmas to You," and finally, "Happy Birthday to You." But it wasn't until 1935 that the sisters' song was fully copyrighted and their names duly credited. Here is the true story behind the most famous and oft-sung song in the world.
From the book jacket: Bailey City is full of some pretty weird grown-ups. It is the perfect place for the spooky Hauntly Manor Inn. Could Kilmer's great-grandfather Franklin really be a ghost? Check out who's visiting the Hauntly Manor Inn. "I have a strange feeling about Kilmer's great-grandfather," Jane said. She paused to make sure no one else was around. Jane took a deep breath and told them, "I think Franklin is a ghost." Ben laughed. "You're nuts," he said. Jane stomped her foot. "I am not. You're the one that said he was on the Titanic. I think he died on the Titanic and became a ghost. That's what he meant when he said his life began the day the Titanic sank." Annie patted Jane on the back. "Kilmer's great-grandfather is old," Annie said, "but that doesn't make him a ghost."
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