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The Happiness Equation — Neil Pasricha

24 Jul

 

Publisher: Penguin Random House
Released: March 8th, 2016
Genre: Self-help, nonfiction
Source: Book from publisher

 

What’s the formula for a happy life?  

Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times–bestselling author, and a husband and dad. After selling more than a million copies of his Book of Awesome series, he now shifts his focus from observation to application.

In The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction, you simply haven’t unlocked the 9 Secrets to Happiness.

Each secret takes a common ideal, flips it on its head, and casts it in a completely new light. Pasricha then goes a step further by providing step-by-step guidelines and hand-drawn scribbles that illustrate exactly how to apply each secret to live a happier life today.

Controversial? Maybe. Counterintuitive? Definitely.

The Happiness Equation will teach you such principles as:
· Why success doesn’t lead to happiness 
· How to make more money than a Harvard MBA 
· Why multitasking is a myth 
· How eliminating options leads to more choice

The Happiness Equation is a book that will change how you think about everything—your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness. 

From Goodreads

 

I kinda love this book. HARD. I’ve read it twice, have things highlighted, took notes and quite often will just grab it off my shelve and flip open to a page and read. It’s that kind of self-help book. Now, don’t go rolling your eyes at the term “self-help”. And really, I guess that’s not the right term. Self-improvement would be better. This book approaches happiness in a concrete way with doable things rather than “just think happy thoughts”.

I really like the way that Pasrischa broke things down in digestible bits. It made it easier to absorb the information and just pick the book up and start reading from anywhere.

Some of the ideas in the book are pretty simple but life-changing and have really helped me. (The internal vs external motivation idea is something I come back to for everything.)

The writing style is very engaging and not once did I feel myself skimming or skipping over any parts. I also found myself smiling and nodding a lot while reading and even reading some parts out loud to my husband.

Anyone searching for ways to me happier with life (and really, who isn’t?) should definitely give this book a read.

The Bitch in Your Head — Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

30 Oct

thebitchPublisher: Taylor Trade
Released: May 1st, 2015
Genre: Non-fiction, self-help
Source: Review copy from Netgalley

 

Do you ever find yourself thinking, how could you be so stupid, you look fat, or you’re a horrible mother? Are you afraid people will find out you’ve fooled them into thinking you’re competent? If you’re guilty of expressing these types of discouraging messages, then you have a bitch in your head. This self-critical behavior can wreak havoc with your life—it can keep you from getting the love you want, the raise you deserve, or even a good night’s sleep.

Dr. Plumez began to notice a pattern with her patients being too hard on themselves. She found that gentler approaches didn’t work, but when she told them they were being a bitch—to themselves!—they finally recognized their self-defeating attitude and how much it was weighing them down.With this book, Dr. Plumez can help you banish the bitch. It identifies the different types of “bitches”—work, marriage, parenting, and so on—and provides effective tools and techniques to combat the forms of self-destruction described. Once you begin to encourage rather than criticize, you will find that your career, social life, and relationships almost magically improve.

Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez is an award-winning psychologist. She is the author of Successful Adoption, Divorcing a Corporation, and Mother Power. She has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and her articles have appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Larchmont, New York.

From Goodreads.

I used to make fun of books like these. Self-help? Personal improvement? It was all hokey to me. A waste of time. But this year I decided to give some of it a try. There are still things out there that don’t mesh with me, but I thought that maybe, just maybe, if I started reading some self-improvement books they could — gasp!— actually help me. Negative self-talk has been an ongoing issue for me, so this book seemed right up my alley. And am I ever happy I gave it a go.

I really enjoyed this book and the information that I got from it has been invaluable. Like I said, I’ve always had an issue with negative self-talk and I know that you’re supposed to stop it and replace it with positive self-talk. But I never had a solid idea how to do this.

But calling all that negative self-talk the bitch in my head unleashed something for me. It gave a persona to what I was doing to myself in my head. And it’s helped me to tame it.

I really enjoyed the conversational tone of the book and the fact that it was broken down into different bitches that live in our head. They layout makes it a great reference book to go back to and just review certain parts.

Now when I think something that leans towards the negative, I ask myself if it’s the truth or the bitch in my head.

I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who struggles with negative self-talk.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

6 Apr

mondaywhatareyoureading

 

I had a HELL of a week. On top of a horrible couple of months. So this week’s reading is all about non-fiction, self-help, get my ass out of misery books.

 

First up is The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown. She’s been popping up all over my social media for the last few months and I am super excited to finally get a chance to read this book.

Then I’ll be tackling The Bitch in Your Head: How to Finally Squash Your Inner Critic by Jacqueline Hornor Plumez. And OMG do I EVER need to read this one!

Finally I’ll be delving into Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens.

Yups, this week it’s all about ME.