Self Help

Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, Susan L. Blumberg

Fighting for Your Marriage

Someone whom I love very much was recently going through marriage counseling, and he told me that the counselor always recommends that both people first read the book Fighting for Your Marriage. This intrigued me, so I got the book and found it really interesting and fun to read.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, M.D.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I decided to read this book because I’ve always been interested in the Dalai Lama. I really thought The Art of Happiness would be more focused on understanding Buddhist principles; instead, it’s a peculiar mix of Eastern religion meets Western medicine.

Co-author Dr. Howard Cutler is a psychiatrist with a private practice in Phoenix, and the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist monk. It’s amusing to see two very different approaches to achieving happiness. The Dalai Lama’s approach to achieving happiness is more of a holistic, spiritual system that focuses on improving oneself using the power of the mind. Dr. Howard Cutler takes more of a back-seat approach in which he listens to the Dalai Lama’s suggestions and gives input about modern psychological approaches used in the United States.

The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

By Rick Warren

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"You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense."

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Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration

By Norman Cousins

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"...illustrates the concept at the heart of the holistic health principle: that the human mind is capable of promoting the body's potential for healing itself even when faced with a seemingly hopeless medical predicament. Recounting his personal experiences of working in close collaboration with his doctor to overcome a crippling and supposedly irreversible disease, Cousins outlines the life-saving and ultimately life-prolonging benefits to be gained by taking responsibility for one's own well-being. 'I have learned,' the author writes, 'never to underestimate the capacity of the human mind and body to regenerate -- even when the prospects seem most wretched.' This remarkable story of the triumph of the human spirit is inspirational reading for anyone contending with a serious illness."
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The Self-nourishment Companion: 52 Inspiring Ways to Take Care of Yourself

By Matthew McKay, Catharine Sutker, Kristin Beck

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"In the frenzied pace of today's world, most people take care of everything and everyone else first, leaving self-nourishment for last. These 52 inventive, easy-to-follow recipes for relaxation include pampering ideas, mental vacations, sexy time-outs, mood boosters, and ways to create private time at home."

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Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration

By O, the Oprah magazine

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"...the book is divided into three sections. Your Personal Best focuses on emotional and physical well-being from Oprah's own weight-loss secrets to ways to gain confidence, serenity, and balance. Relationships has the tools and insights everyone needs to form warmer, more satisfying connections with those near, dear, and even not-so-dear to us. And, in true Oprah style, Living in the World helps the reader think about how to make her life more meaningful and useful."

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