By Amy Orr
According to Buddha, “You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” Being thankful is one of the most powerful tools we humans have to attain peace of mind and a measure of happiness. As it turns out, Buddha had quite a lot to say on the subject of gratitude, including citing it as one of the four keys to the Gate of Heaven. Why is this? Perhaps the sheer simplicity of gratefulness is large part of this as it is available to all of us at any time. Even in the midst of over busyness, stress and chaos, we can find plenty to be glad about. Take time to stop each day and count your blessings. This can be a prayer or mindfulness mediation, whichever works for you. Yet, this lovely, uncomplicated approach may well change your life.
Studies show—and experts counsel—that gratitude is a key component of our own happiness. People who are grateful about events and experiences from the past, who celebrate the triumphs instead of focusing on the losses or disappointments, tend to be more satisfied in the present. In a lecture, Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh stated, “With all I have experienced in my own life, the power of gratitude stands above everything else. In your mindfulness practice, use gratitude until it becomes your way of life.”
Gratitude moves us to do all kinds of things inspired by joy. Gratitude can help us transform our fears into courage, our anger into forgiveness, our isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Saying “Thank you” every day will create feelings of love, compassion, and hope. But the fact is, the art of living—for that is what we speak about when we speak of gratitude—isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. Most of us need to work intentionally to increase the intensity, duration, and frequency of positive, grateful feelings—a daunting challenge indeed. But fear not, this workbook is here to help! Inside we have provided you with mindful meditations, hands-on exercises, profound practices, inspiring quotations, space for writing, thought-provoking questions, and even positive “power tools” that will help you build a more grateful life.
A Yahoo Finance Best Business Books of 2019. #1 New Release in Yoga, Zen Philosophy, and Humor — Hooked on Self-Help
Craving a quick fix: When the recession turned her life upside down, Stephanie Krikorian had to reinvent her life...and fast. She started ghostwriting self-help books for women. Between writing and researching she realized that everywhere she looked there was AFOG. Another freaking opportunity for growth. Soon she wasn't just writing each book; she was living them. This was the start of a ten-year zen bender of dieting, dating, journaling, meditating, and Marie-Kondo-ing on a quest for that ultimate self-help high.
Fifty and fabulous: Stephanie Krikorian spent her forties trying all of the dating hacks to find love and respect, all of the diets to build self-esteem in a new body, and all of the spiritual guidance to become centered through self-care. On the brink of turning fifty she realized that being better wasn't what she craved; it was something else altogether.
Learn to laugh at yourself and trust yourself: Zen Bender is the story of one woman's journey to radical acceptance, with some questionable advice along the way. A witty, moving, insightful story, the woman behind bestselling celebrity self-help books shares her story of being hooked on the self-help fix for a decade before learning that all the self-help in the world won't help you trust gut.
A Self-confidence book for women: For anyone tired of promises to change everything in just thirty days, this book is a breath of fresh air. Readers who enjoyed self-confidence books for women like The Universe Has Your Back, The Self-Love Experiment, and The Gifts of Imperfection; will love the message of radical acceptance in Zen Bender: A Decade-Long Enthusiastic Quest to Fix Everything (That Was Never Broken).
By Marc Silber
#1 New Release in Performing Arts & Personal Success — Find Your Creative Artist Within
Creative conversations from some of the world's top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!
Time for a new mindset. Many of us think of creativity as something distant and incompatible with daily life—a skill that artists get to use, but not the rest of us. Maybe you feel like a land-locked surfer, yearning for exhilarating rides. Or maybe you live for the few hours a week when you can take photographs, paint, or write. It’s time for a new mindset. Create shows you how to rediscover the artist within you.
Live a more creative life. People who make a living in the creative arts know that there is a cycle to unlocking the imagination. Visualize, know your tools, work your craft, refine, share. When you tap into this cycle, you’ll find ways to operate at your highest state in all aspects of life.
Find your creative purpose. Overcoming the barriers to innovation is easier than you think. Marc Silber, best selling author, award-wining creative and educator, shows you how to avoid the traps of procrastination, overthinking, and self-doubt. The exercises in Create are specifically designed to help you find certainty and confidence in self-expression.
Learn how to:
- Master the techniques of visualization
- Draw inspiration from the world around you
- Collaborate with people who can further your vision
- Share with others to spread the joy
If you enjoyed motivational books like The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition, you’ll love Create.
#1 New Release in Animal Behavior & Communication ─ 100 Ways to Be a Better Dog Parent
What your dog wants you to know: Our furry friends reflect the love and affection we pour into them. But any pet parent who is struggling with puppy training or ongoing behavioral issues knows that it’s easy to get frustrated. My Dog, My Buddha offers one hundred life lessons that will help you build a better relationship with your pet and get the behavior you want.
We get what we project: Kimberly Artley, an expert in canine psychology will teach you how to truly understand dog behavior. She knows that our dogs look to us for cues, guidance, directives, and how to feel about each and every situation they enter into. Dog care is a dialogue. My Dog, My Buddha will show you how to manage that conversation with your pet from a calm and centered place.
Unlike other dog training books: My Dog, My Buddha is meant to educate, empower, and equip the human end of the leash. In this book, you’ll learn how to:
- Bridge the disconnect between human and canine
- Find personal growth through the years with your dog
- Build a relationship on trust, love, and respect
If you liked Training the Best Dog Ever, For the Love of a Dog, Dog Training for Dummies, or Rescued, you’ll love the empathetic approach to pet care and dog training in My Dog, My Buddha.
By Joseph Hayden
By Richard Freeman
Discover the science of (not so) imaginary creatures
Adventures in Cryptozoology is the perfect resource for the explorer who loves Josh Gates’s Expedition Unknown and Cryptozoology A to Z.
Explore the world through its most unlikely creatures: Cryptozoology, the study of hidden, monstrous, and legendary animals, is truly the art of discovering the unknown. Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of Centre for Fortean Zoology, has explored the corners of the five continents on the search for creatures that many people believe are non-existent. In this book, he shares the exciting stories of his investigations of the Yeti, Mongolian Deathworm, Loch Ness Monster, Orang-Pendak, Ninki-Naka, and more.
The line between myth and reality may be more narrow than you think: Cryptozoologists throughout the years have studied unknown species of reptiles, lake and sea creatures, apes, and hominins. The science and history of this field of study includes examples of creatures that were once thought to be mythological, but that have since been proven to exist.
Our monsters, ourselves: The history of fabulous beasts and our searches for them is a history of the cultures of the world and the secrets we keep.
If you’re ready to begin your search for Sasquatch and learn to hunt monsters, Adventures in Cryptozoology is your guide. In these pages you’ll find:
- Tales of mythical, extinct, and out-of-place creatures
- Hints about Bigfoot and other ape-men
- And tips for equipping your own cryptozoology adventure, including all the gear, field craft, and resources you’ll need to record your findings
Winner of Bookpal's 2019 Outstanding Works of Literature (O.W.L) award in Leadership! Forbes Holiday Wish List. #1 New Release in Management Science. Also don’t miss Scott Miller on the Rachel Hollis RISE podcast.
Take The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to an entirely new level with Wall Street Journal bestselling author Scott Miller.
Your Leadership Skills Are About to Change. Millions have read the all-time global best seller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Both leaders and individuals have been inspired and transformed by its universal principles of effectiveness, including Scott Jeffrey Miller. Miller, a student and personal friend of Stephen R. Covey, is now the new millennial voice of FranklinCovey leadership.
Scott Miller knows what it’s like to fail. He was demoted from his first leadership position after only three weeks—and that’s just one of several messy management experiences on his two-decade journey to leadership success. Scott’s not alone. Everyone fails. But something sets Scott apart: transparency and willingness to openly share his story in a way that is forthright, relatable and applicable.
Thirty leadership challenges applicable now. In Miller’s Management Mess to Leadership Success you’ll find 30 leadership challenges that can, when applied, change the way you manage yourself, lead others, and produce results. The wisdom in Scott’s book was learned through hard knocks and was honed by Stephen R. Covey and the FranklinCovey team through years of research and corporate training experience.
Illustrated with Scott’s real-life experiences. Learn to:
- Lead difficult conversations, celebrate success
- Inspire trust, actively listen, challenge paradigms
- Put the right people in the right roles
- Create a clear and actionable team vision
- Accomplish your organization’s Wildly Important Goals®
- Get the right results―in the right way
- Become the leader you would follow
Fans of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People who have read and liked Radical Candor, Dare to Lead, and Mastering Leadership will love Scott Miller’s Management Mess to Leadership Success.
By Jason Inman
#1 Best Seller in Comics & Graphic Novels and Pop Culture ─ A Deeper Look at Superhero Soldiers
Military heroes in comic books. Comic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently recreate the actions of presidents, military leaders, and soldiers. From Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw on his very first cover, to The Punisher surviving the battle of Firebase Valley Forge, there are countless instances when the military has crossed over to the pages of comic books.
Soldiers and superheroes. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, author Jason Inman re-discovered his childhood love of comic books during long days at the Tallil Air Base in southern Iraq. He couldn’t help but ask why so many comic books are filled with service members. Maybe it’s their loyalty to everyday citizens and the never-ending quest for justice. The men and women who lace up their books and sacrifice their lives know that battle can change a person. What kinds of soldiers were these fictional characters, and how were they changed by war?
Perfect military enlistment gift or gift for veterans. Super Soldiers: A Salute to the Comic Book Heroes and Villains Who Fought for Their Country looks at the intersection between war and pop culture to understand these questions and more. Each chapter revisits military comic book characters and compares them to personal stories from Inman’s military career; describing superhero soldiers from DC comics and Marvel comics, including lesser-known characters lost to time. Super Soldiers is a perfect gift for soldiers and fans of military science fiction or non-fiction heroes, and everyone who wants to know the stories behind their favorite comic books.
You’ll love Super Soldiers if you enjoyed DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains or non-fiction books such as Alone at Dawn, Saving Bravo, or Across The Fence.
By Will Castro
#1 New Release in Classic Cars and Automotive Customizing ─ Learn From a Giant in the Business of Customizing Cars
A “Unique” car book: Will Castro, star of Velocity Channel’s Unique Rides and one of the most popular car customizers in America, has achieved the American Dream, finding great success doing something he loves. He has worked with marquee names in entertainment and Unique Hustle is packed with anecdotes of some of the biggest names in sports, music, film and television; including P. Diddy, LeBron James, Nicki Minaj, Carmelo Anthony, Jason DeRulo, IceT and DJ Khaled, just to name a few.
The hustle of customizing and restoring cars: Discover Will’s inspiring journey to success from growing up poor in the housing projects in New York’s Lower East Side to customizing the rides of the rich and famous. Unique Hustle tells his personal stories of trial and triumph. With only a high school education, audacity, and passion, he ground out a place for himself in the world and hustled his way to the top.
How to customize your car: Alongside Will’s story, Unique Hustle provides a “how to” from a professional to readers who love to learn about cars and customization techniques. Readers will learn:
- Which cars are best suited for specific customizations
- The do’s and don’ts of car exteriors including paint jobs, rims, and wraps
- The do’s and don’ts of car interiors
- How to add “unique” flair with stereo and video systems, cigar boxes and more
An inspiring true story of struggle, cars and the American Dream
Les 4 Disciplines de l’exécution
Des solutions concrètes et éprouvées pour la réussite à long terme de votre entreprise. Pour les lecteurs qui ont aimé Les 7 habitudes de ceux qui réalisent tout ce qu’ils entreprennent, de Stephen Covey, La 25e Heure, de Guillaume Declair, Bao Dinh, et Jérôme Dumont, et Le livre de la Jungle: Les secrets des meilleures startups pour prendre en main ta carrière, de Younes Rharbaoui et Annabelle Bignon: Les 4 disciplines de l’exécution est truffé de conseils pratiques, d’opinions d’experts et de témoignages d’entrepreneurs.
Pour une meilleure gestion du temps et l’amélioration des processus. Lorsqu’il s’agit de produire des résultats, un dirigeant peut exercer son influence sur deux aspects principaux: la stratégie (ou plan) et la capacité à exécutercette stratégie. Le tourbillon des activités urgentes nécessaires pour faire fonctionner les affaires au jour le jour dévore tout votre temps et toute l’énergie que vous devriez investir dans la mise en œuvre de votre stratégie. En s'appuyant sur des exemples concrets, Les 4 Disciplines de l’exécution permet au lecteur de déjouer les pièges.
De la planification à l’exécution. 4DX est une formule simple qui combine des éléments de théorie, des études de cas, et de nombreux exemples pratiques pour vous aider à mettre en œuvre vos priorités stratégiques, atteindre vos objectifs les plus importants, et bâtir un succès durable.
Des méthodes vérifiées pour la réussite en affaires. Les auteurs proposent une approche rigoureuse et structurée, pleine de bon sens, incluant les bonnes questions à se poser et les erreurs à éviter. Maîtrisez les outils et les méthodes 4DX pour prendre les bonnes décisions ! Cela favorisera votre réussite, quels que soient les objectifs visés.
En suivant les 4 disciplines, vous pouvez:
- vous concentrer sur ce qui est vraiment important;
- mettre en place les indicateurs de performance adéquats pour une meilleure prise de décisions;
- créer une structure de responsabilité.
100 Ideas, Crafts and How-tos for Gardeners
Fans of Square Foot Gardening, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, Welcome to the Farm, and Compact Farms will love The Crafty Gardener.
Awakening the gardener in all of us: Gardening allows us to live in a much more human way, grounded in nature and connected to Mother Earth and all she provides. Even if your garden is just a hanging basket of cherry tomatoes or a windowsill filled with herb pots, you will still reap the benefits of gardening.
DIY crafting and gardening: Gardening adds pleasure to your life and gives you a sense of calm. With your garden, you are quite literally growing a bounty of blessings. Lifelong gardener and bestselling author Becca Anderson has put her love of crafting and of gardening together in this book of inspired DIY ideas.
More than a gardening book: Along with gardening tips and secrets for growing flowers, herbs and veggies, Anderson shares dozens of how-to's in this delightful guide on making candles, potpourri, bath salts, essential oils, floral waters, tinctures, liquors, pickles jams and even fountains, birdhouses and fairy doors. The perfect gift for any gardener!
Readers will learn:
- Time-tested gardening secrets
- How to garden in big and small spaces
- Recipes for home-grown vegetables and fruits
- How to preserve and ferment
- How to make DIY garden decorations and fixtures
- Anderson’s own gardening stories that will inspire, motivate, and lift the spirit
A gardening book filled with DIY projects, wisdom, and joy
By Craig Christensen and Others
Customer Success Leads to Your Success
If you liked Crucial Conversations, The Challenger Sale or books by Grant Cardone, you’ll love Closing the Sale.
Guide the conversation. Closing is a process, not an event. In the closing process, there are inevitably many conversations with a variety of potential clients. Closing the Sale will teach you how to influence good decisions to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes from these conversations.
Turn talking into decision making. For clients, decision making can seem daunting. They may often favor the noncommittal "maybe" over the decisive "yes" or "no." Essential Secrets to Closing the Sale will teach you how to help your clients make the best possible decisions for both their business goals and your own.
Customer success is your success. Closing the Sale will show you how to attain the only real success. the win-win situation. Because the more you focus on creating success for your clients, the more successful you will be.
Closing the Sale will teach you the five essential skills to the sale closing process:
- Identify the End in Mind Decision
- Address Client Key Beliefs
- Resolve Objections
- Prepare the Conditions for Good Decision Making
- Open Purposefully, Close Powerfully
By Nita Sweeney