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The joy diet : 10 daily practices for a happier life
Beck, Martha Nibley
Adult Nonfiction BF575.H27 B43 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Beck, author of the bestselling Finding Your Own North Star and columnist for O magazine, delivers another useful and sure-to-be-popular self-help guide. The Joy Diet, designed for the soul rather than the body, is composed of 10 steps that, once learned, are to be practiced on a daily basis to achieve greater fulfillment and a happier life. Beck strongly suggests becoming thoroughly familiar with each step, by practicing it for a week, before adding the next step. According to the author, the first step, spending 15 uninterrupted minutes a day doing nothing (meditating, engaging in repetitive physical activity, staring at some natural motion like flowing water), is the hardest to learn and the basis for all the other activities. She contends that a daily period of mindful silence provides a sanctuary that no one can ever take from you. The other nine steps include methods for dealing with emotional pain, identifying true desires, employing creativity to realize yearnings and taking appropriate risks. Beck advocates daily self-nourishment through play, humor and the enjoyment of at least three personalized treats. Written in a down-to-earth, positive tone, the author's thoughtfully designed exercises, inspirational anecdotes and gentle advice should fall on fertile ground. National publicity. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Beck, a lifestyle counselor and regular columnist for Oprah magazine, offers a plan for inviting and maintaining an attitude of "joy" in one's life. Based on her personal and professional experience, the plan involves steps whereby each one builds upon the other stages. The first few steps are the make-or-break part of the method, requiring actions proving a commitment to the process. These include "doing nothing" (finding stillness); identifying and committing to telling the truth about one's life and feelings; identifying one's heart's desires; and being willing to take one small risk each day to achieve these desires. Kathe Mazur's reading is excellent and enhances Beck's wry humor. While none of this information is new to people who have listened to other self-help books, the author's concrete examples and acknowledgement of the difficulties one will encounter may inspire listeners to give the diet a try. Even if one does not decide to follow the plan, Beck's points may reinforce positive, rather than negative, behaviors that one may already be practicing. Highly recommended for self-help collections.-Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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