Un-Agoraphobic

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If Hal Could Do It, So Can You

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 1.5% of the population of the United States suffers from agoraphobia at some point in their lifetime. That's 4.5 million people.

You are not alone. No matter how alone you may feel, you are not alone.

Former journalist, social worker, and amateur actor Hal Mathew knows exactly what it's like "to fear fear," which is how he describes the dread feeling that kept him from leaving home (or at least leaving sober and at ease) for nearly 30 years. Then, slowly but with grit and determination, he began to piece together a plan for overcoming his phobias and resuming a regular life. And it worked. And then he started teaching other people how to do it. Now he has written this book to share his selfcare plan with you.

"UnAgoraphobic is designed to help you make discoveries--many every day--that will help you realize a new way to think about and/or take control of everyday problems you couldn't manage as recently as this morning. ...Once you get the ball rolling, you won't be able to stop it until you are completely and forever free of panic disorder and everything that comes with it. You are going to be free, my friend. Totally." -from the Introduction

Hal will guide you through writing practices, visualization techniques, even cooking and eating routines to help you feel anchored and safe and ready to take your first trips out of the house. He'll answer your questions, offer general survival tips, and even includes a special chapter for your spouses and loved ones.

No one knows exactly what causes agoraphobia or panic attacks, but miscommunication in the brain is certainly involved. The good news is that recent neuroscience research shows us that the brain is retrainable--at any age. You can stop feeling like this. You will stop feeling like this. With Hal's help, you will be able to retrain your body and brain so you can take your life back. Totally and forever.

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Artemis

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Activism for the Modern Day Artemis

From the author dubbed “an Artemis,” by Gloria Steinem, comes Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, a book dedicated to women with the courage and passion to change the world.

Myths come to life. Worshiped in Ancient Greece as a protectress of young girls, Artemis was the goddess of hunting, nature, and chastity—the original “wild woman.” In Artemis, Jungian analyst and best-selling author, Jean Shinoda Bolen, revives the goddess Artemis to reclaim the female passion and persistence to survive and succeed.

We are all goddesses. But an indomitable spirit isn’t just reserved for the gods. In her book, Dr. Bolen revives the myth of Atalanta, an archetypal Artemis and mere mortal. To Atalanta, fate was no obstacle. Left to die because she was born a girl, she faces the Calydon Boar and outruns any man attempting to claim her as his wife. In Artemis, women are encouraged to discover their inner heroine—the activist who never gives up, who cannot be subdued.

Artemis today. Face it: women can’t be tamed. Whether women’s rights activists or Princess Merida from Brave, the Artemis personality is embodied in the modern women. Hailed by a modern-day Artemis, Isabel Allende, as a “beautiful, inspiring book,” Artemis is dedicated to all women and girls who discover her unconquerable spirit in themselves or others. Inside find:

  • Examples of Artemis in real-life and popular culture
  • Ancient and modern ways to be your authentic self
  • A source of strength, power, and integrity

If you enjoyed the books Women Who Run with the WolvesWild Mercy, or Goddesses in Everywoman, you’ll love Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman.

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Fearproof Your Life

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How to Overcome Fear

Feeling overwhelmed by fear? It’s time to overcome fear and take back control of your life, your mind, and your future. The principles in Fearproof Your Life give you what you need to finally live in freedom!

Joseph Bailey, M.A., L.P. has helped many others with fear-related problems. He is a licensed psychologist, an author, seminar leader, consultant to organizations, public speaker, and psychotherapist. His work has included co-founding The Minneapolis Institute of Mental Health, developing programs for health care provider wellness at the University of Minnesota Inner Life of Healers Program and numerous hospitals including North Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis, East Lansing Health System and Mayo Clinic Arizona. He has also worked extensively in treatment centers for addictions—Gulf Breeze Recovery, Meridian Systems and Farnum Center, and numerous social service agencies.

Don't let fear rule your life. Throughout time, we have sought peace and safety by trying to outguess the unknown. By reading article after article, flipping from news station to news station, we’ve made ourselves addicted to fear. You do not have to be crippled by the fear this world so easily pushes onto you. You do not have to live life scared anymore!

Enjoy your journey to freedom. Fearproof Your Life guides you with core principles enabling you to discover who you truly are. Author Joseph Bailey takes you through a process of knowing, listening to, and honoring your unique True Self.

Inside find keys to:

  • Overcoming fear
  • Finding your truth
  • Feeling truly free and confident
  • Living your truth without the approval of others

Other books by Joseph Baily you may want to read include Slowing Down to the Speed of Life, Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane, The Speed Trap, and the Serenity Principle.

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How to Survive Life (and Death)

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Learn to Live Life Fully

When you nearly die three times, you learn a thing or two about how to live…

Three times to cheat death. Over the years, Emmy-nominated art director Robert Kopecky had not one, but three, near-death experiences. What he brought from the other side was a book not just about surviving life and death, but about learning how to live. A relaxing and illuminating read, in How to Survive Life (and Death) you'll discover the calm determination to live life accordingly and share Love.

Three things death teaches us about life. One of the most common fears in human beings is death. Whether an existential crisis or social anxiety, we get bogged down by our daily lives. In How to Survive Life (and Death), Kopecky shows us the other side of our fears about dying—and living. He urges us to take a chance, learn something new, and go about life with an open heart. Complimented by personal stories, he shares his three keys to life:

  • Radical Kindness
  • Radical Forgiveness
  • Radical Surrender

If you want to be the best version of yourself, and enjoyed books like Dying To Be MeWhat If This Is Heaven?, or Knowing, then you’ll think How to Survive Life (and Death) is quite heavenly.

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Language of Healing

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Comfort for Those Confronting Breast Cancer

Find healing and power. In moments of reflection after a cancer diagnosis, the ensuing feeling of uncertainty and despair can overcome patients. The Language of Healing not only uplifts and strengthens the spirit of cancer patients and those recently diagnosed, it provides a resource that begins to connect the reader to themselves and their relation to the world.

Comfort, guidance, and practical information from those who have been there. Built upon the experiences of women of all ages who have undergone all types of breast surgery and treatments and the voices of diverse women who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, and of different cultures and races; The Language of Healing serves as a breast cancer support group and a loving and helping hand.

Find a loving resource of 150 meditations and anecdotes to help with healing and provide empowerment:

  • Discover healing insights and support
  • Explore options for defining a "new normal"
  • Commit to living each and every moment, fully and fearlessly

If you or a loved one have benefitted from books such as Chicken Soup for the SoulYour Soul's Plan, or Dear Friend; then The Language of Healingshould be your next book.

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Find Happiness Now

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Not Your Average Wellness Guide. It’s So Much More.

A teacher right in the palm of your hands, Find Happiness Now is a book everyone needs to turn to when searching for daily words of wisdom and growth.

You don’t need to read this book from start to finish. Life isn’t always a straight path. Sometimes, you go with your instincts, and if you haven’t, this may be the time to start. Look at the table of contents for a life lesson that resonates with you, learn from it, and try to apply it to your life.

A toolbox of 50 valuable lessons. Robinson offers teachings that aim to open your heart and mind and fill it with inspiration. Find words of wisdom to help you have better relationships, increased success and enjoyment in your career, a loving connection with yourself, and a lot more fun in life. Develop the edge you need to create a life of success, love, peace, and joy. The transformative tools in Find Happiness Now can:

  • Teach you the power of loving yourself
  • Improve your relationships
  • Connect you with your spirit
  • Help you to realize your dreams

If you benefited from life-changing guides like The Four AgreementsUnfu*k Yourself, or Can't Hurt Me, then you’ll want to read Find Happiness Now.

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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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Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family

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In Every Bad, There’s Some Good─And A Lesson to Be Learned

Twenty-four survivors recount their stories of living in a dysfunctional family. It isn’t always easy. You can’t choose your situation or where you come from, but you can choose the lessons you take away.

Is there a silver lining to growing up in a dysfunctional family? Bestselling recovery author Karen Casey looks at stories of people who grew up in dysfunctional families and "the good stuff" that can come from the experience. "Throughout my many decades in recovery rooms I have interacted with thousands of women and men whose journeys reveal, in detail, the harrowing history of dysfunction that has troubled their lives," says Casey. "But what is also apparent in their stories is their eventual and quite triumphant survival, often against extreme odds."

From 24 families rife with dysfunction. Casey interviews the survivors who emerged from the fires of a turbulent household to willingly share their stories and come to realize they had, surprisingly, thrived as the result of their often-harrowing experiences. In The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family, Casey reveals the stories and the skills these survivors developed to live more creative and fulfilling lives.

In this book find tales that help you to:

  • Realize lessons in disguise
  • Acknowledge your personal growth
  • Point out your own silver lining

If you enjoyed books like Daring GreatlyCodependent No More, or Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, then you’ll want to read Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family.

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Take the Leap

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Create the Life of Your Dreams Starting with Just 15 Minutes a Day

"Heather McCloskey Beck is a spiritual visionary. Read this book and feel your life transform in amazing ways." —Pat Benatar, four-time Grammy winner and author of Between a Heart and a Rock Place

Inspirational speaker, Heather McCloskey Beck, brings us her motivational book, Take the Leap, entirely about self-growth, creativity, and building a fulfilling life through personal joys.

With positive thinking and time, anything is possible. Author Heather McCloskey Beck struggled with not feeling happy with her own life at one point. She stopped doing what she loved and didn’t feel fulfilled in the life she made for herself. However, with just 15 minutes a day, she was able to change all of that. She began exercising her creativeness through the hobbies and outlets she loved, and through that, chose to be happy each and every day.

This isn’t just another self-help book. Take the Leap motivates you to create a life that you’re proud of, the one you’ve always wanted and envisioned. Feeling stuck and unengaged can be draining, and it’s important to find a way to express forms of creativity in order to create a better life. Whether it’s being mindful, getting back into an old hobby, or forming a new one that you’ve always wanted to try, Beck helps guide you through making those decisions and sticking to them in ways that feel fulfilling.

With Take the Leap, learn more about:

  • Finding your individual purpose
  • Staying creative
  • Creating and maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle

If you enjoyed books like 30 Days-Change Your Habits, Change Your LifeThe Big Leap, or BEST LIFE-ing, you’ll love Take the Leap.

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Why Smart People Hurt

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Make Your Gifted Life Meaningful

Overcome your unique challenges. The challenges smart and creative people encounter—from scientific researchers and genius award winners to bestselling novelists, Broadway actors, high-powered attorneys, and academics—often include anxiety, overthinking, mania, sadness, and despair. In Why Smart People Hurt, natural psychology specialist and creativity coach Dr. Eric Maisel draws on his many years of work with the best and the brightest to pinpoint these often devastating challenges and offer solutions based on the groundbreaking principles and practices of natural psychology.

Find meaningful success. Do you understand what meaning is, what it isn’t, and how to create it? Do you know how to organize your day around meaning investments and meaning opportunities? Are you still searching for meaning after all these years? Many smart people struggle with reaching for or maintaining success because, after all of the work they put into attaining it, it still seems meaningless. In Why Smart people Hurt, Dr. Maisel will teach you how to stop searching for meaning and create it for yourself.

Learn from a truly thought-provoking personal growth book. In Why Smart People Hurt, you will find:

  • Evidence that you are not alone in your struggles with living in a world that wasn't built for you or your intelligence
  • Logic- and creativity-based strategies to cope with having a brain that goes into overdrive at the drop of a hat
  • Questions that will help you create your own personal roadmap to a calm and meaningful life

Readers of true, natural self-help books for gifted people struggling with life, anxiety, and depression, like Living With IntensityMisdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, and Your Rainforest Mind, will learn how to create meaning in their lives with Why Smart People Hurt by Dr. Eric Maisel.

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Chronic Resilience

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Practical Life Advice for Those Living with Chronic Conditions

From stress management relaxation techniques to guidance on living with chronic disease, take control of your health and wellness with helpful life tips, true stories, and insightful journaling prompts from someone who’s been there.

Chronic disease and pain doesn’t need to leave you stressed and depressed. Chronic illnesses come with unique types of stress. In Chronic Resilience, certified life coach and speaker Danea Horn, who suffers from chronic kidney disease, infertility, and other demanding health challenges due to a birth disorder called VACTERL Association, offers techniques and tools to help you rebound from the pressures of having a body that's doing things you wish you could control.

Chronic Resilience provides a complete self-help blueprint for managing the difficulties chronic illness presents. Each chapter contains highlights of interviews with women dealing with chronic conditions ranging from cancer to organ transplant, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), MS, Cushing's disease, diabetes, and others. Plus, find helpful life advice on how to:

  • Stop pushing yourself so hard
  • Use research to empower—not frighten—yourself
  • Let yourself be pissed
  • Train your troops in how to care for you
  • Cultivate focus and flexibility
  • Find things to be grateful for
  • Focus on what you can do, not what you can't

Readers who have tried out the healing guidance in books like Back in ControlDancing with Elephants, and Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish’s Undo It! will appreciate the honest, real advice on how to thrive alongside your chronic illness in Chronic Resilience.

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It's All in Your Dreams

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Use Your Dreams to Change Your Life

What are our dreams trying to tell us? What can they teach us? With the help of dream analyst and media personality Kelly Sullivan Walden, you can learn how to remember and use your dreams to craft the waking life you desire.

Explore the larger story of your life. Dreams are a magical realm we can enter into every night. They hold within them stories and experiences that can change us and reveal to us truths about ourselves. When we enter into the dream space, anything is possible—we can learn a topic of fascination, study at the feet of a master, converse with a departed loved one, or find an answer to a perplexing question. Dream analysis opens the door for an opportunity to dive deeper into ourselves and tap into a source for both healing and growth.

Learn about the 5-Step Process. As a certified clinical hypnotherapist and dream analyst, author Kelly Sullivan Walden shares with readers her expertise on the topic of dreams and explains how to effectively use your dreams to change your life. Her five-step process (Declaration, Remembrance, Embodiment, Activation, Mastermind) offers a detailed guide for dream interpretation and will teach readers how to become fluent in the language of dreams. If you’ve ever asked, "what do dreams mean?" or "what is my dream trying to tell me?", by the end of this book you’ll have all you need to answer those questions. Dive into this book by dream expert Kelly Sullivan Walden and learn how to:

  • Decipher dream meanings
  • Implement Walden’s 5-step process to master your dreams
  • Use your dreams to make your life better

Readers of books such as The Dream Interpretation HandbookA Little Bit of DreamsWay of the Peaceful Warrior, or Why We Sleep will enjoy Kelly Sullivan Walden's It’s All in Your Dreams.

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Voices of the Food Revolution

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The Saving Power of the Plant-Based Diet

"If optimal health ranks high on your life's priority list, then Voices of the Food Revolution may be one of the most important books you will ever read." ―Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning

#1 Bestseller in Sustainable Agriculture

From the over-one-million-copies-sold author who made popular the connections between diet, physical health, animal cruelty, and environmentalism.

A revolution in food-politics. When John Robbins released an early version of this book in 1987, he took the first steps in launching the food revolution. His viewpoint and insight on the harms of America’s eating habits was a wake-up call for many.

Making conscious food choices. It is obvious to us that what we eat affects our own bodies, but what we may not realize is that what we eat also affects our world. In fact, most of the foods that are bad for us (think: genetically modified products) also negatively impact our environment. By approaching our eating habits with intentionality, we benefit our own health and that of the world we live in.

The value of a plant-based diet. Robbins’ arguments for a plant-based diet are compelling and backed by over 20 years of work focused on the subject of conscious eating. Through exposing the dangers in our factory farming system, Robbins makes a definitive case for solely plant-based eating. This timely read on healthy eating will enlighten those curious about plant-based diets and fortify the mindsets of the already converted.

Inside find:

  • The negative effects your current eating habits could be having on you
  • A powerful case for plant-based eating
  • Wisdom from one of the most frequently cited books of the food-politics revolution

If books such as We are the WeatherHow Not to Die31-Day Food Revolution, or Fast Food Genocide have interested you, then The Food Revolution is the next book for you!

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My Life Pages

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Companion Guide to Janet Connor’s Lotus and The Lily

In a profound yet simple 30-day program, Conner guides you in soul writing, creating the personal receptive conditions that nourish a bountiful life.

From the bestselling author of Writing Down Your Soul, comes My Life Pages, the companion guide to her Lotus and the Lily. In Lotus and the Lily, Janet offers a 30-day program for finding your true creativity, breakthrough thinking, and divine guidance. She continues her unique method of deep soul writing by showing you how to exit your conscious mind, get in touch with your authentic self, and activate your voice of wisdom within.

The introspective parallel teachings of Buddha and Jesus. Conner uses a skilled yet simple program to shed a radical new light on how to:

  • Awaken your inner shaman
  • Discover the power of naming your past and your future
  • Experience the generative power of your own voice

My Life Pages is your guide to reflect with. My Life Pages is the friend you need who listens to your progress during your spiritual journey and helps you realize the insight and wisdom you have within.

If you enjoyed books like Burn After WritingGood Days Start With Gratitude or Zen as F*ck, then you’ll love My Life Pages.

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Random Acts of Kindness Then & Now

Nearly twenty years ago, Conari Press published Random Acts of Kindness, and launched a simple movement--of people being kind to one another in their daily lives.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Random Acts of Kindness, the editors of Conari Press have compiled Random Acts of Kindness Then and Now, which includes the original book along with new material sourced from Facebook, Twitter, and various other social networks. It combines the best of 21st century crowdsourced wisdom with the best of 20th century social activism.

The inspiration for the kindness movement, Random Acts of Kindness is an antidote for a weary world. Its true stories, thoughtful quotations, and suggestions for generosity inspire readers to live more compassionately in this beautiful new edition.

This is the ideal gift book for all occasions/ an inspirational gift that inspires readers of all ages. It not only restores reader's faith in humanity, but encourages them to pass that faith along to their friends and neighbors.

The original Random Acts of Kindness was name a Best Bet for Educators in 2000 by USA Today.

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End Your Menopause Misery

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A Complete Self-Care Plan Designed with You in Mind

“A fabulously elegant and timely guide to transforming menopause into a woman's ‘second spring.’” ―Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., author of the New York Times bestseller Before the Change

Learn to find relief from the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause within this personal guidebook that addresses the most intimate aspects of a women’s health.

Millions of women struggle with symptoms of menopause. It’s a stage in life that isn’t always easy. End Your Menopause Misery offers a personal menopause plan that addresses questions you have. An information-packed guidebook offering both the latest medical statistics and self-care advice. Choose what works for you and incorporate these routines into your daily life for a better you.

A quick and practical approach to menopause. End Your Menopause Misery is a quick and practical approach that can give you relief from menopause symptoms in just 10 days. Inside, psychologist and nurse, Stephanie Bender, and medical journalist Treacy Colbert offer women simple, straight-forward advice about their health.

With this plan discover how to:

  • Reduce and eliminate hot flashes
  • Rekindle your sex drive
  • Increase your energy with exercise

If you benefited from women’s health guides such as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, The Hormone Cure, or The Vagina Bible, then you’ll love End Your Menopause Misery.

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Everyday Energy Boosters

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An All-Natural, Holistic Approach to Energy Boosting

Say no to another cup of coffee and YES to these wellness tips from authors and health gurus Sondra Kornblatt and Susannah Seton. Whether you’re looking for a midday pick-me-up or an extra boost first thing in the morning, their tips can help.

The alternative to caffeine. Coffee and energy drinks are not your only options when it comes to boosting your energy—and they’re certainly not your healthiest options. This book contains all the information you need to stay energized all day long, without relying on caffeine. Authors Kornblatt and Seton have researched and compiled 365 quick and easy tips and tricks that anyone can use to find and sustain the energy they need to get through the day.

Embrace a new kind of life. Not only do these health tips serve as energy boosters, but they can also help you create a calmer, more positive life. By helping you track your natural energy cycles, get organized, and sleep better, this book promises to change your life in a big way. When you’re feeling depleted and tired, you’re not your best healthy and happy self. In adopting these habits, you bring yourself one step closer to creating the life you want and deserve.

Here’s a look at some of the pick-me-ups and tips they offer:

  • Juices, nuts and seeds to keep you energized all day
  • Deep breathing techniques
  • Tips for getting more sleep, and more!

Readers of books like Your Simplest LifeA Year of Positive ThinkingBetter than Before, or Keep Going will love Everyday Energy Boosters.

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How Come They're Happy and I'm Not?

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A Science-Based, Whole-Body Approach to Feeling Good

#1 Bestseller in Holistic Alternative Medicine

Healing depression without medication. Millions of people suffer debilitating depression. For many people who suffer from depression and anxiety, prescription drugs have either not been effective or have produced intolerable side effects. Now, New York naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno offers a proven drug-free approach for healing depression in this self-help book.

The mind is part of the body. In his depression book How Come They're Happy and I'm Not? Dr. Bongiorno explains that depression and chronic low moods often have roots in physical ailments: inflammation, digestive problems, poor nutrient absorption, disease. Depression can also be brought on by spiritual concerns, life events, or simply insufficient resources in dealing with day-to-day stress.

You need a happiness plan that's made for you—all of you. Bongiorno's integrative, natural approach to psychology and healing, which he has used successfully with his own patients, features a personalized approach that includes:

  • Working with your doctor to help identify underlying causes of depression with blood tests and recommendations for dietary changes
  • Botanical medicines, yoga, massage, and acupuncture points
  • A treatment plan based on your particular symptoms and circumstances

Readers of depression self-help and happiness books like The Upward SpiralThe Depression CureReasons to Stay Alive, or Habits of a Happy Brain will find life-changing guidance in How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not?

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