How They Met

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You never know when it can happen, love might be right around the corner, down the block or across the aisle from you on your next flight. Stories of how people met are endlessly fascinating and also serve as reminders that we all need to be ready for anything, including meeting the love of your life when least expert it, or, are schlepping the garbage bins to the curb in your old flannel jammies.

Composer and beloved songwriter David Friedman has written many a love song but this is his first book on the world’s favorite subject. He embarked on collecting couple’s stories of “How they Met” stories a decade ago when recovering from a breakup as a kind of “heart healing” and therapeutic project. Plus, it can’t hurt to discover how people meet their true loves in real life, right?

What Friedman learned was utterly surprising- there was always an element of serendipity and planning had nothing to do with it. Along the way, what started out as a path to moving forward became a mission on matters of the heart.

David Friedman has gone all over North America in this study of true romance and talked to people from every walk of life – from devout church goers to same sex couples to celebrities. This inspiring read is wonderfully romantic and also offers much comfort that, even if you are looking for love in all the wrong places, love will find YOU. (When you least expect it!)

How They Met shares moving stories of how Lucie Arnaz met her famous mate, Lawrence Luckinbill and the unexpected story of Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford to name a few.

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Power Your Life With the Positive

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Drawing on his relationships with industry insiders and those in front of and behind the camera in the entertainment industry, author Cyrus Webb has compiled a compendium of encouragement. Power Your Life With the Positive is filled with stories of amazing life turnarounds from real people proves the importance of optimism in an often negative world. As one of the world’s most positive people, Cyrus Webb is perfectly suited to remind readers that it is possible to find the silver lining in every cloud through the advice and insights in this book.

Power Your Life With the Positive is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on positivity and happiness. In these times of economic uncertainty, civic strife and political turmoil, it more important than ever to offer people hope and ideas on how to believe that the best is yet to come.

The notables featured in Webb’s book faced their own fears, believed enough in their goals and dreams to pursue them and reaped rewards by sticking to their guns and not allowing their own doubts and those of others to stop them, including: Supermodel Tess Holliday, E! News Correspondent Ken Baker and Grammy award-winning singer/actress Stephanie Mills, Paul T. Scheuring (creator of Fox’s Prison Break), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow/Roots/Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead/Birth of a Nation), Peter Engel (Executive Producer of Saved By the Bell), Antonique Smith (Notorious/Fox’s Shots Fired), Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson (Soul Food the TV show/author)/movie Stomp the Yard), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard/Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots), and more.

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Starving in Search of Me

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The true confessions of an eating disorders survivor

This confessional self-help guide explores the complex emotional truth of what it’s like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. Activist author Marissa LaRocca's revelatory tale includes her struggle with her secrets, including sexuality, and how she emerged as an outspoken advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues.

Anorexia and bulimia health crisis: Many young women and girls struggle with the body image issues that engender eating disorders with elaborate rituals around food, binging, purging, and hiding it all while trying to maintain a face of normalcy to the world. Anorexia and bulimia have become major national health crises with skyrocketing statistics indicating that between 3 and 5% of the population suffer anorexia nervosa alone. Sadly, many never attain the sense of being “normal” and deal with a lifetime of body image and self esteem issues.

Coming of age story of a woman battling for self esteem: This intimate account of courage and the search for truth and meaning will have you rooting for Marissa LaRocca as she unravels the emotional layers of her own battle with food, body image, and sexuality. Readers of this riveting memoir, Starving in Search of Me, will relate to the coming-of-age story of a young woman confronting some of life’s major issues while living, for a time, in two closets: one to hide her eating disorder and one to hide her sexuality and very identity. Echoes of Portia de Rossi’s Unbearable Lightness resound in LaRocca’s portrait of a life seemingly lived out in the open but, in truth, very much concealed. Through her inspiring triumphs and revelations, activist and author Marissa LaRocca invites readers to confront themselves. She asks, “What if, at the root of all ‘disorders’, is the refusal to acknowledge or permit certain feelings―feelings that, if witnessed, have the power to free their sufferers? To what extent are ‘disorders’ actually doorways to helping us understand the truth about our lives?”

Transformation of body image, sexuality and eating disorders to high self esteem and peace of mind: In addition to her personal story, LaRocca takes a close look at society’s role in the development of eating disorders and other mental health challenges, establishing that the prevalence of such “illnesses” represent a collective yearning for connection, acceptance, and emotional nourishment amongst generations that are starving for so many things. Starving in Search of Me resolves with hope and an abundance of insights, tools, and resources to support eating disorder sufferers and members of the LGBTQ community alike. It’s a head-on journey toward total self-acceptance that will nourish the spirit and inspire readers to embrace their differences and nurture their authentic selves.

What You'll Learn Inside This Book:

  • Identify the root causes, symptoms, and triggers associated with an eating disorder
  • Acknowledge the "life issues" that are being masked by "food issues" or another addiction
  • Disempower compulsive behaviors like binging, purging, and obsessing about calories and exercise
  • Heal your relationship with food through healing your relationship with yourself
  • Escape the victim role, become empowered, and take responsibility for your own happiness
  • Connect with your life’s purpose and authentic self, transforming your weaknesses into strengths
  • Free your mind through tuning in to the body and witnessing emotions
  • Improve your body image and self-esteem by aligning your lifestyle with your true values, desires, and what is realistic
  • Effectively communicate your needs with confidence
  • Establish guilt-free lifestyle boundaries to reduce anxiety and maximize vitality
  • Enhance peace of mind by developing a reliable support system
  • Eliminate the need to be perfect by practicing forgiveness and compassion toward yourself
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Think Happy to Stay Happy

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Happiness is around every corner but everyone once in a while, we need a map or a pointers on how to find it. This book is just such a guide with 50 chapters filled with ideas and inspiration. Joy unites all people and words are often how we best express our joy. Think Happy to Be Happyis the perfect collection of power thoughts and insightful quotes and affirmation that express some of the best ways to "get happy."

The secret to being happy may well be a "gratitude adjustment." One thing the world's wisdom traditions all agree is that all states of "higher being" are not attained by stumbling around an unmarked road to "blisstown" but as result of doing inner work and self development. Bliss means connecting with your true self more deeply and arriving at a place of ease and awareness. ‘If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.

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The Restaurant Diet

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The ultimate guide for people who want to dine out guilt-free!
Fred Bollaci, who lost 150 pounds (from 330), offers a diet plan takes the pressure off of dieters dining out. He teaches readers how to read a menu, ask important questions of the staff, and have food customized to their dietary needs. He provides insights into converting this into healthy eating at home. 
As Fred teaches readers how to eat out and lose weight, he reveals the real secret: It’s not about preparing “clean” food at home, or going “whole” and excluding wheat, sugar, and dairy; nor is it about counting calories or grams: It’s about WHY one overeats in the first place. Fred reveals his story of growing up in an Italian family, and how his parents’ divorce led to his eating compulsions. He tried every fad diet, but Fred was searching for a lasting solution. With the help of his doctor, a nutritionist, a trainer, and a psychologist, Fred was able to devise a four-phase diet and exercise plan. Fred proves that if he can do it, anyone can. He has kept the weight off for six years, running four marathons―he looks great, feels great, and can enjoy great food and drink wherever he is.
Featuring recipes from America’s most noted restaurant chefs, as well as original recipes from Fred’s own kitchen, The Restaurant Diet is for the 19 million Americans who love to dine out on a regular basis―and the 38% who are overweight.

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8 to Great

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8 to Great, revised!

This groundbreaking and positively practical text offers a simple, yet powerful, 8-step process for taking charge of our lives and achieving our dreams. It revolves around author MK Mueller's unique formula for Positive Attitude.

Everyone says that positive attitude is everything for achieving greater happiness, health and success, yet no one, until now, has given the world a formula that is simple enough to remember and therefore use on a daily basis.

One of Mueller's gifts in this text is such a formula: FGH - Forgiveness of the past, Gratitude for the present and Hope for the future. The remaining five High-Ways address the most common stumbling blocks to using FGH:

High-Way 1: Get the Picture. It reminds us how to clearly see our dreams happening and "think it till we feel it."

High-Way 2: Risk. Once the picture is clear, we must "run to, not from" and face our fears in order to move forward.

High-Way 3: Full Responsibility. Rather than a burden, this is the key to freedom as we discover that we are the only problem we have and therefore, we are the solution.

High-Way 4: Feel All Your Feelings. For those suffering with depression or rage, this chapter unfolds amazing insights into how Mad and Sad balance each other.

High-Way 5:Honest Communication. When you're ready to stop getting defensive in arguments and be done with triangulation in the workplace, Mueller shows the way with down-to-earth examples of her clients' success stories.

The result of these High-Ways is a step-by-step process that helps young and old find greater happiness and success. The fact that Mueller has also created a widely- used curriculum for high schools based on her material is testimony to the fact that her methods are simple without being sugar-coated and powerful without being pompous.

8 to Great takes the reader from wherever they are in life and springboards them into a new level of well-being and joy. Whether for yourself or someone you love, it is an investment that is sure to bless and bliss your world.

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A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils

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Essential Oils ─ Your Pathway to Holistic Health

Holistic medicine and wellness: Homeopathic medicine and alternative medicines are gaining in popularity daily. A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils by Hayley Hobson can become your first step to a healthier life ─ your first step to holistic health.

Learn about essential oils from an expert: Hayley Hobson is an internationally known author and inspirational speaker. She presents uplifting and educational programs in well over 50 countries. After leaving her career as a lawyer, Hayley began teaching Pilates and yoga before building her essential oils business from the ground up. As the fastest Wellness Advocate in her company to achieve the ranks of Presidential Diamond, Double Diamond and Double Presidential, she remains one of the top performers in her company. In addition to developing online courses and trainings, Hayley is a sought-after speaker at many global business events. Along with her outreach to entrepreneurs, Hayley still works in her business daily and is consistently trending on social media. With over 65,000 Facebook followers she remains an influence among wellness advocates and an expanding network of peers. Visit Hayley at http://www.hayleyhobson.com.

The holistic health pathway to wellness: Hayley promotes a holistic path to wellness by incorporating the use of essential oils with a regimen of exercise, healthy eating, and mental and emotional wellness practices. As a coach, she passionately empowers others to live their dreams and create lifestyle transformations by supporting them in becoming the best possible WHOLE versions of themselves.

A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils includes real life stories and natural lifestyle principles. You'll learn about:

  • Hayley’s signature recipes created for specific purposes
  • Helpful remedies
  • Daily changes
  • Safe handling and usage
  • Using oils to create balance as part of a holistic lifestyle
  • Why we get out of balance in the first place
  • A 31-Day plan with daily inspiration
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Cluttered Mess to Organized Success

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Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Life

Organize your life: Do you dream of getting organized, but have no idea where to start? Cluttered Mess to Organized Success: A Real Life Approach to Decluttering and Tidying-up your Home and Life offers you everything you need to organize your home, family and your time. This book not only provides helpful tips and advice, but it is jam packed with over 100 worksheets, forms, labels, schedules and everything else you need to organize your life.

Declutter your way to happiness: Cassandra Aarssen is a Professional Organizer and creator of the successful blog and YouTube channel, ClutterBug. After struggling for years with chaos and clutter, Cassandra transformed her home and her life through organization. She now shares her favorite organizing tips, tricks and secrets in order to help others declutter their way to happiness. Cassandra’s debut book, Real Life Organizing has been inspiring families from all over the world to get control of their clutter and fall in love with their home all over again.

Includes over 100 charts, graphs, sheets and lists to help you manage your household.

  • A room by room decluttering guide
  • Cleaning checklists and routines
  • Home Maintenance Schedule
  • Meal Planning Worksheets
  • Home Management Guides
  • Medical Information • Financial Planning Worksheets (medical, post-life/wills, etc). • Household budgets and spending trackers • Goal Planning Worksheets • Home Organizing Labels and more
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Making a Difference

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When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, their positive actions can make a real difference. Making a Difference starts kids on the courtesy path by helping them understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking and acting kindly, being positive, respecting the feelings of others. Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations accompany Cheri's purposeful storytelling as she shows us once again how children can help to make the world a better place. Back pages Include discussion questions, scenarios, games and and role-play activities that help adults reinforce the book’s positive message.

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The Joy of Minimalism

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It's natural to love stuff! More than that, it’s natural to love YOUR stuff. That notebook from 8th grade, your Disney VHS’, mismatched socks. They all have sentimental value…and they all take up space.

Author and YouTuber, Zoey Arielle, opens up about her struggle with loving all the things in life we get to bring home. A hoarder in disguise, Arielle has mastered the tools needed to embrace simplicity and the minimalist philosophy.

The Joy of Minimalism teaches you to live better with less. Zoey’s formula for embracing life and space will give you more than anything you have stuffed in your drawer. By the last page, you’ll:

  • cherish the gift of giving
  • rediscover the freedom of owning less
  • embrace life and all the non-tangible things the world has to offer
  • master your own personal style for organizing and decluttering
  • celebrate your new life with a free mind
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Geek Sweets

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A baking cookbook for the 'truly geeky', filled with recipes for cookies, cupcakes and cakepops in increasing difficulties, as well as party ideas with a fantasy / adventure theme. Big, beautiful photographs, recipes, printable templates and step-by-step how-to's for every adventurer - from the squire just starting their journey, to a well-worn dragon slayer looking for a challenge.

 

Quest through a tome of countless fandoms:

  • Minecraft

  • Dungeons & Dragons

  • The Legend of Zelda

  • Harry Potter

  • Doctor Who, and many more!

 

Invites and recipes for geeky theme parties:

 

  • The Walking Dead Finale Party

  • Game of Thrones Viewing Party

  • Marvel/DC Movie Premiere Party, and more!

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Love Earth Now

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Eco-mindfulness
How to combine environmentalism and spirituality to attain a state of eco-mindfulness

Do you find yourself wondering what on Earth you can do about the very serious environmental challenges we face on our planet today? Do you worry there’s nothing any one person can do that will make a difference? Most people say that they would like to do something to make the world a better place, but they just don’t believe they have the time; energy, money or power to do anything that will make a real difference. Are you willing to devote 20 minutes a week to find out? Environmental activist Cheryl Leutjen has the planet’s back and is betting you do, too. Her powerful book of inspired ideas and eco-mindfulness calls upon us all to Love Earth Now. 

Love Earth Now invites us to explore our own thoughts, feelings and to check in with internal guidance about the daily waste and negative environment impacts we see on a daily basis. While most of us can’t stop the Arctic icepack from melting, we can decide to make better choices from less packaging on our purchases, walking more and driving less, planting organic veggies in the front yard instead of a water-wasting lawn and even to going as green as possible at work and at home. Does your office lack a recycling and composting program? Do the research and start one yourself! Each chapter concludes with a “Diving In” section, a simple and immediate exercise, much like a guided meditation, to prompt us toward out own sustainable solutions. 

These eco-mindfulness moments provide the opportunity to reflect and discover that one thing we can do to make a difference today and for all our tomorrows. Author Cheryl Leutjen’s book of planetary self-help and eco-mindfulness is a deeply thoughtful and lucid look at the state of our “big blue marble,” our beautiful earth. It is also a sourcebook of direct actions, both large and small, we can all take to ensure our children and their children’s children have a healthy future on this planet. Drawing from her experiences as an engineering geologist, environmental law attorney, small shop owner, and mindfulness practitioner, Cheryl Leutjen also reminds us about the importance of simplicity. She points out how all these possessions and the constant shopping are no better for us than the planet itself, contributing to the landfill and creating a tech-tethered society that is increasingly isolated. Both helpful and hopeful,Love Earth Now is brimming with creative suggestions we can all try that will get us closer to a sustainable lifestyle, one day at a time.

What You’ll Learn Inside:
• Discover your own path to living more earth-conscientiously
• How to practice mindfulness exercises to help you discover your own eco-mindfulness
• Discover what you have the time, talents and resources to do to care for Earth
• Practice ways to process the news of extinctions, changing climate and environmental devastations in the world 
• Discover how to demonstrate your commitment to a more verdant, healthy, peaceful planet without making yourself crazy

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Movie Quotes for All Occasions

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Great Movie Quotes for All Occasions

Best movie quotes: We all do it. Every day, with or without noticing, you quote movies. Hit a search engine and you kind find thousands of lists of the best movie quotes of all time. From Rhett Butler to Obi-Wan Kenobi, movie quotes have become an integral part of expression. However, the movie quotes that often show up on these “best of” lists rarely lend themselves to important moments in life. Nor are they meant to provide personal motivation. Open any typical movie quote list or book and you’re likely to see “May the Force be with you,” or “I’ll have what she’s having.” Does that really do anything for us as readers looking for inspiration, motivation, or simply a beautiful phrase to couple with your own words? 

Best movie quotes for all occasions: That’s where I come in. I’ve scoured the movie world to track down the most appropriate, best movie quotes for every occasion. From weddings to pre-game pep talks, I’ve found the quotes that are moving, inspirational, or just plain hilarious that do more than just remind of the movies they came from. These quotes transcend their stories and enrich your life. 

• Looking to rally your team before the big game? Try this quote from Capt. Malcom Reynolds from the science-fiction film Serenity (2005): “You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all… So no more running. I aim to misbehave.”

• Need a quote to cap off your perfectly humorous wedding speech with some genuine, but witty, sentiment? Try some wisdom from Juno… from Juno (2007): 
“Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

Movie Quotes for Every Occasion provides hidden gems from a variety of film genres. Whether they be blockbuster megahits or forgotten indies, we’ve got the right quote for the right occasion.

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The GayBC's of LGBTQ+

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The ABCs of LGBT+ is the #1 Bestselling LGBT book and is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers, or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity and sexual identity. In The Gay BCs of LGBT+, author Ashley Mardell offers new insight and information with this accompaniment to the ABCs of LGBT+.

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Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life

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Get out of your own way guide

Strengths and weaknesses: We all have strengths and weaknesses. So, do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now!

Dream big: Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? Whether you’re a Millennial yearning to join corporate America, a Boomer ready for reinvention, a closeted LGBTQ+ testing the gender pool or even a nerd nauseated with perfection, the Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now! by Justin Loeber, is an in-your-face, funny, no-nonsense, socio-business, coming-of-ageless handbook for anyone who is yearning for true, inner-personal success.

You’ll learn 10 easy steps, such as Work on Your Work Ethic • Own the Power of Thoughtfulness • Find Perfection in Imperfection • Rule Your Planet…and more.

This shebang of a book is based on Loeber’s quirky personal life experiences that all started in the NYC 70s disco era: Justin worked as a waiter, a Wang Word Processing Operator, (remember Wang?), a substitute go-go dancer, was discovered by pop icon Gary Numan in London and was one step from stardom in his own right as a solo pop-recording artist―only to lose it all. Then, in a 180-degree turn―and without a college degree―went from a temp at Random House to an EVP at HarperCollins in a little more than a decade. In 2006 Loeber created mouth: digital + public relations, a boutique agency in NYC―repping over 550 clients to date. 

Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life will give you the courage to:

• Shake down your fear, which is squelching your dream; 
• Find the “it” that makes you “tick”;
• Take a Risk, which in the end, isn’t risky after all; and 
• Put down the electronics, look up; and transfer from the passenger to the pilot of your life…NOW!

So, Get out of your own way! Dream big! Do it now!

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College Bound Organizer

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Your comprehensive guide to organize every step of the college application process from college search through college admission.  Offering step-by-step organization to gain acceptance to the college of your choice.

 
"Using The College Bound Organizer is one way to help you stay focused on what is really important."--Edward B. Fiske, bestselling author of Fiske Guide to Colleges

This invaluable organizer will keep you on target and motivated. Worksheets, lists, tips, and detailed instructions help you:
 
  • Research schools and find the colleges with the right fit
  • Create a test schedule and keep track of your scores
  • Secure your letters of recommendation
  • Highlight your extracurricular activities and accomplishments
  • Complete your applications accurately and on time
  • Get ready to ace your interviews
  • Apply for financial aid and compare aid packages
  • Rank the pros and cons of your choices
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We Can Be Kind

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One Kindness at a Time

Be kind: The world is changing at lightening speed, and meaningful connections are increasingly elusive. David Friedman, creator of the hit song "We Can Be Kind" offers a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers as well as strangers, neighbors and those across the political aisle. Through story, meditation and suggestions of kindness, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Through the practice of kindness, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated.

Practicing The Golden Rule: The past few years have shown us what it is like to live in a less caring world. David Friedman’s advocacy for treating each other better and applying the Golden Rule is an idea whose time has come. His deeply thoughtful handbook for the heart brings it all home with simple suggestions of how to be kinder and why it is more important than ever now.

Compassion and empathy: We Can Be Kind is a course in compassion from a beloved composer for Disney Films and Broadway, Daily Show regular, and Unity Church spiritual leader. The book provides:

  • Lessons on the value of kindness
  • Inspiring meditations
  • Daily affirmations
  • Essential truths
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You're Going To Survive

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True stories about terrible bosses, hysterical clients, awful Yelp reviews, disappointing sales, and other painful, discouraging messes―and how to get through it.

No matter what type of career path you’ve chosen, sooner or later, you’re going to experience a moment when you feel defeated and discouraged. 

It might be a project that totally flops. It might involve getting fired. Or not getting the job you wanted. It might be a nasty comment from a family member who thinks your career ambitions are completely unrealistic. Or a brutal 1-star review from a complete stranger on the Internet.

When that discouraging moment arrives… open this book.

Inside, you’ll find true stories about people who have experienced every type of professional criticism and disappointment that you can imagine―stories that will make you cringe, laugh, and maybe cry.

Turn to this book whenever you need comfort, encouragement, and practical advice on how to stay motivated and keep marching forward―even when things feel incredibly tough. This isn’t the end of your story. You’re going to survive.

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