The Happiness Makeover

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Become a Happy Person Through Positivity and Self-Care

“A wonderful blend of motivation, inspiration, and explanation, The Happiness Makeover is a recipe for enjoying today and all your tomorrows.”—David Niven, PhD, author of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

From M.J. Ryan, one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, The Happiness Makeover teaches you how to be a happy person and enjoy the experience of life again.

Train your brain to be optimistic, even in the darkest situations. From stress management tips to positive and motivational quotes, M.J. Ryan’s positivity book shows you how to transform your mindset so that you can face any difficult challenge thrown your way.

We all want the things that we are sure will make us a happy person—money, success, independence, and love. But when we finally get them, we can find to our surprise that we are the same miserable, moody, or unhappy person we always were. Do things have to be that way? Absolutely not!

Cultivating the ability to feel contentment is the key. There are people whose lives are full of serious challenges who nevertheless feel peace and joy—and there are those who have few difficulties in life and yet feel hopeless negativity. You can teach yourself to be a happy person and enjoy your days. M.J. Ryan, the bestselling author of The Power of Patience and Attitudes of Gratitude, shows you how in this positive thinking guide. 

The Happiness Makeover gives you a plan that can help you:

  • Clear away happiness hindrances like worry, fear, envy, and grudges
  • Discover happiness boosters with gratitude and hope
  • Rewire your brain to experience joy
  • Learn to think optimistically and be a happy person

If you enjoyed optimism books and positivity books like A Year of Positive Thinking, The Happiness Trap, or Habits of a Happy Brain, then you’ll love The Happiness Makeover.

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365 Health & Happiness Boosters

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The Pursuit of Happiness Starts Within

“By giving us daily happiness activities that touch our hearts and souls, M.J. Ryan empowers each of us to experience the joy of living.”—Jackie Waldman, author of The Courage to Give

Daily tasks to improve how you feel—mind, body, and spirit—from the bestselling author of Attitudes of Gratitude.

From M.J. Ryan, bestselling author and international expert on change and personal fulfillment, comes 365 Health & Happiness Boosters to help in your pursuit of happiness, so you can choose to be happy no matter who you are or the challenges you face.

Develop an attitude of gratitude. When a person thinks happy thoughts, those thoughts project outward and that feeling transfers to others. One third of the population knows the secret to happiness is an inside job—not contingent on possessions, status, or even life circumstances, and research shows it leads to better health. 

We can all choose to be happy. In 365 Health & Happiness Boosters, a book of daily reflections, M.J. Ryan lays a path for the pursuit of happiness by employing a wide variety of spiritual, emotional and practical suggestions.

Discover 365 ways to experience happiness. Some of the tasks are lighthearted, others quite serious. They all have a positive effect and contribute to inner peace. 

Learn to:

  • Cultivate contentment and change your outlook on the art of happiness
  • Lift your spirit in the moment and build inner peace
  • Address eating habits and develop better sleeping patterns
  • Improve interactions with others through meditating on happy thoughts and doing random acts of kindness

If you enjoyed The Happiness AdvantageHow Happiness Happens, the Happiness Workbook, or other M.J. Ryan books such as Attitudes of Gratitude or Random Acts of Kindness Then & Now, then 365 Health & Happiness Boosters should be your next read.

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The Power of Patience

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Find Joy in a Busy World by Practicing Patience

“This book is a true gift to the world. It's insightful and full of calm, helpful wisdom.” —Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Bestselling author M.J. Ryan details just what living with patience can bring to our lives and how it can change us for the better.

Take a deeper look at an old-fashioned quality. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Patience is a virtue,” and doubtless responded with a sigh, as usually it’s spoken with a tone of reproach. But this virtue carries with it a wealth of wisdom that can actually help us find happiness in our day-to-day life.

Slow the rush. Things move at a quick pace in our society, in both our work lives and social lives. Not only are we forced to keep up, but we have been conditioned to expect instant gratification. Because of this, we find ourselves getting flustered by the smallest setbacks or hold ups―whether it’s a slow server at a restaurant or rush-hour traffic. Ryan shares how patience is the very antidote to the stress of our fast-paced lifestyle.

Reclaim your priorities. By reining in our aggravation when things don’t happen instantaneously, we give ourselves time to breathe and think more clearly. We make better use of our days and allow ourselves to make decisions based on how they align with our priorities, instead of focusing on how fast we can get tasks done. With M.J. Ryan’s help, we can learn to foster a patient outlook and find joy and fulfillment in the present moment.

M.J. Ryan’s book is a fulfilling and beneficial self-care gift for women and men that provides:

  • Straightforward, believable instructions for developing a habit of patience
  •  A source of stress-relief and guide to happier living
  • Ways to find peaceful moments amidst the hustle and bustle that each day brings

Readers of Present Over PerfectWhen Less Becomes MoreThe Joy of Missing Out, or Stillness is Key will love M.J. Ryan’s The Power of Patience.

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Radical Generosity

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Generosity Stories to Touch Your Heart and Lift Your Spirits

Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. The more we appreciate our lives, the more we want to give to others. In Radical Generosity, best-selling author M. J. Ryan provides tools for expressing thanks. In a series of short, heart-felt essays, Ryan encourages us all to stop living from what she calls "the ledger sheet mentality" of obligatory gifting and to begin giving from the overflow of a loving heart.

Generosity is the great act of kindness that sustains the world. In her best-selling Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan taught us the inner work of realizing the many blessings we take for granted. Now, in Radical Generosity, she presents an examination of the virtues we need to cultivate for the twenty-first century and takes a look at generosity: what creates it, what blocks it, and what the practice of generosity can bring to our lives. In her down-to-earth, accessible style, Ryan takes us to the heart of what it means to truly give, and what that giving can do not only for the recipient but for ourselves as well.

Generosity is a habit of mind and the gift of freedom. M. J. Ryan asks her readers to consider where and how they are stingy as well as where they are meant to give. And, she asks that we contemplate all the types of possible generosity, because ultimately the giving of time, energy, kind words, loving gestures, and forgiveness may matter more than any amount of money. Radical Generosity shows us how to experience joy, peace, and fulfillment when we live from a place of generosity and when we also learn how to receive.

If you have read and learned from books such as How Happiness HappensThe Complicated HeartLove Lives HereThe Laws of Human NatureThirstMake Time, or Enough; we believe you will love and learn from M. J. Ryan’s Radical Generosity.

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Attitudes of Gratitude

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Practice Gratitude Daily

"Exquisitely reconnects us to the wonder and satisfaction which can be found in our daily lives." ―Judy Ford, author of Wonderful Ways to Love a Child 

#1 Best Seller in Marriage & Family

In a series of brief, evocative, motivational gratitude essays, international executive coach M.J. Ryan teaches us how to unlock the fullness of life through the simple joy of living from a grateful heart.

Discover amazing gratitude benefits. Gratitude is a simple, profound practice that can change your life. Research has confirmed its many emotional and physical benefits. Taking the time to notice and reflect upon good things opens our hearts, creates happiness, and restores us to a natural place where we notice what's right instead of wrong.

Find happiness and joy with positive thinking. When you find ways to be grateful every day, you experience more joy in life. Author and personal success mentor M. J. Ryan writes, "Gratitude births only positive feelings—love, compassion, joy, and hope. As we focus on what we are thankful for, fear, anger, and bitterness simply melt away, seemingly without effort." Her book Attitudes of Gratitude teaches you how to reach this positive place.

Inside find:

  • Essays on a variety of topics that are perfect for gratitude meditation
  • Encouragement to begin practicing, commit to, and celebrate gratitude
  • A variety of ways to practice gratitude in your own life

Readers of inspirational books and personal growth books like The Little Book of Gratitude, Good Days Start With Gratitude, The Book of JoyThe Gratitude Diaries, or The Happiness Project will love Attitudes of Gratitude.

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Trusting Yourself

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Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Life

Learn how to stop your worries and self-doubt and start listening to yourself.

“Trust Yourself, then your will know how to live”-Goethe. We are living in an age of constant media messages and so-called expert advice telling us to be richer, thinner, smarter, and faster. You do not have to fall victim to what others say. In her warm and inimitable way, international expert on change and executive coach M.J. Ryan guides us to look at our lives from a different perspective. To imagine what they would be like if we practiced an attitude of self-trust, if we received the gifts trusting ourselves might give us. Trusting Yourself is a book that enables you to tap into the wisdom inside yourself by cultivating self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-reliance.

A life coach book with affirmations for self-esteem. Learn how to quiet the critics—inside and out—and trust yourself instead. If you accept that we learn through trial and error, if you believe that we each have unique strengths and that not one of us has to have them all, if you realize that labels only get in the way; then your self-trust will grow, your worries will shrink, and you’ll find happiness and success with a lot less effort.

A Love Letter to Ourselves. An ode to what is right with us, Trusting Yourself encourages you to find the power within yourself to overcome and succeed.

In Trusting Yourself discover:

  • Positive affirmations and heart-warming anecdotes
  • Helpful and thought-provoking quotes from renowned historical and cultural leaders of the last century
  • Authentic and genuine wisdom that is both healing and supportive

If books like Chasing the Bright SideGirl Wash Your Face, or You are a Badass have helped you live a better life, then Trusting Yourself should be your next read.

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Happiness Makeover

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Be Happy, Stay Happy

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. Is that just the way things are?

Luckily, no We can teach ourselves to be happy and enjoy every day, and M.J. Ryan, bestselling author of The Power of Patience and Attitudes of Gratitude, shows us how.

The Happiness Makeover draws on this wideranging knowledge and presents a plan that will help readers:
- clear away happiness hindrances like worry, fear, envy, and grudges
- discover happiness boosters
- literally rewire their brains to experience contentment--even joy
- learn to think optimistically (It really is possible )

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How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask for

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Be Empowered in the Face of Change

Change your mindset to change for the better. These are challenging times. Chances are, at this moment, you’re confronting some change you never asked for—perhaps a life crisis, like a loss of job or the failure of a dream. Maybe you have to learn to work in new ways or find a new place to live. Bestselling author, thought leader, and change expert M.J. Ryan is here to help. Within the pages of her book How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask For, you’ll find the support and practices you need to successfully ride the wave of this change, whatever it may be.

Discover tools for coping with the changes of life. Change is always hard, and it's even harder when it's thrust upon us, unbidden. But with every change, there is also opportunity. In this book, Ryan provides strategies to retain your brain and optimize your response to life change, step by step. Best of all, as your adaptability increases, so does your confidence—with her guidance, you will be able to survive and thrive no matter what life throws your way.

Turn life transitions into opportunities for success. With both detailed chapters explaining how to embrace change and twenty quick tips for adapting to change you didn't ask for, Ryan's advice can be used in any evolving situation. This book will teach you how to:

  • Accept change
  • Expand your options
  • Take action, and
  • Strengthen your adaptability

If you liked Switch or books by Gretchen Rubin like Better than Before and The Four Tendencies, you'll love How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask For.

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A Grateful Heart

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Celebrate the Human Experience by Giving Thanks at Mealtime. Try It!

Count your blessings. Today there is a deep hunger for connection with ourselves, with nature, and with the process of birth and death itself says life coach and author M. J. Ryan, creator of the New York Times best-selling Random Acts of Kindness series. What her book, A Grateful Heart, is offering from a wide variety of spiritual disciplines and secular perspectives, is a way of satisfying that hunger by setting aside time before we eat to acknowledge the blessings in our lives. When we give thanks, we take our place in the great wheel of life, recognizing our connection to one another and to all of creation.

Choose from 365 blessings and give thanks. A Grateful Heart is a tool to help readers reclaim and enrich the tradition of pausing before the evening meal to give thanks. Drawing from a range of religious and cultural practices, the 365 blessings in this book celebrate friendship, love, peace, reconciliation, the body, nature, joy, and appreciation of the moment. This illustrated feast for the mind includes quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi, Rumi, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Denise Levertov, the Bible, and the Tao Te Ching.

M. J. Ryan wrote A Grateful Heart to encourage families to share the experience of being part of something greater than themselves. With that in mind, the book includes 365 traditional and nontraditional blessings organized into four sections corresponding to the seasons.

Experience the blessings in A Grateful Heart in a variety of ways:

  • Just open it and begin reading one-a-day in the order given
  • Use the index to pick and choose topics of interest that day
  • Open at random and read what is offered

If you have benefited from books such as Earth Prayers, M. J. Ryan’s Attitudes of Gratitude, Don Miguel Ruiz’s Prayers, June Cotner’s Graces, or Marcia M. Kelly’s 100 Graces; you and your family will love M. J. Ryan’s A Grateful Heart.

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Giving Thanks

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Discover the Gifts of Gratitude One Photograph at a Time

Explore the many ways of practicing gratitude with this beautiful book of photography that teaches you the beauty of giving thanks.

Every day is a gift. We are all busy in life. Career, work, marriage, children. It can often be overwhelming. Sometimes, we forget the importance of stopping in the midst of it all and expressing gratitude. Giving Thanks helps us do just that.

Discover the joys of gratitude. One page at a time. Through beautiful and evocative photography taken from everyday life, Giving Thanks reminds us to find the inspirational in the ordinary. Gratitude connects us to others and feeling gratitude allows us to be our best selves─in good times and in hard times. 

Giving Thanks allows you to:

  • Explore a variety of ways to be grateful
  • Find happiness in your life through the world around you
  • Learn how to stop in the busyness of life and give thanks

When we let ourselves feel and express our appreciation, we feel happier, younger, and healthier. Now M.J Ryan has taken the essence of living a grateful life from the original book, Attitudes of Gratitude and paired it with beautiful and evocative images in Giving Thanks.

If you enjoyed books like A Year of Positive Thinking, Attitudes of Gratitude, or Grateful, then you’ll love Giving Thanks.

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Giving Heart

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Gratitude and generosity go hand in handthe more we appreciate our lives, the more we want to give to others. In A Grateful Heart, M. J. Ryan provided tools for expressing thanks. In the bestselling Attitudes of Gratitude, she taught us the inner work of realizing the many blessings we take for granted. Now, in The Giving Heart, she presents her latest examination of the virtues we need to cultivate for the twentyfirst century and takes a look at generosity: what creates it, what blocks it, and what the practice of generosity can bring to our lives.

In a series of short, heartfelt essays, Ryan encourages us all to stop living from what she calls "the ledger sheet mentality" of obligatory gifting, and to begin giving from the overflow of a loving heart. She asks readers to consider where and how they are stingy as well as where they are meant to give, and to contemplate all the types of possible generosity, because the giving of time, energy, kind words, loving gestures, and forgiveness may ultimately matter more than any amount of money.

In her downtoearth, accessible style, Ryan takes us to the heart of what it means to truly give, and what that giving can do not only for the recipient, but for ourselves, as well.

As the current economic boom brings attention to altruism and "giving back" The Giving Heart shows us how to experience joy, peace, and fulfillment when we live from a place of generosity.

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