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The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands Paperback – August 6, 2013
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"The Creativity Cure is a most welcome addition to the literature on personal and relationship transformation. From working with several thousand couples over the years, Kathlyn and I have become strong proponents of creativity for the transformation of relationships. The same is true for personal transformation: creativity is often the missing piece, the absence of which has been sending distress signals in the form of anxiety and depression. The Drs. Barron have done a marvelous job in bringing this often-hidden factor to light. I highly recommend that you read this book." (Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Conscious Living and coauthor with Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, of Conscious Loving)
"The Creativity Cure rocks! The Barrons have written a prescription for happiness. Follow the doctors' orders and you can't help but feel better." (Peter Criss, founding member of KISS and author of Makeup to Breakup)
“The Barrons have outlined a clear and achieveable step-by-step process that allows anyone to not only heal but to unlock our individual road map for a powerful, happy and fulfilling life." (Bob Woodruff, ABC Correspondent and author of In an Instant)
About the Author
Alton Barron, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is currently the President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been the surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade. Dr. Barron is a consultant for CBS and has appeared on the CBS Early Show. He has also written for The New York Times, was listed in The New York Times Magazine as one of the 2009 Super Docs, and has published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed journals.
Top Customer Reviews
The program the Barrons have designed is at once challenging and novel. Their five part prescription for happiness calls for dedication and hard work. Their suggestions for "Mind Shift," for example, asks you to rework the very way your mind works, turning thoughts that can drag you down into positive thinking. Not easy, but very rewarding.
Where the Barrons really shine is in their chapters involving using your hands and body as instruments with the power to heal. This is where "The Creativity Cure" shows how sincerely, earnestly and deeply the Drs. Barron want you to succeed. Here you are the mechanism by which you can achieve happiness. Write a story, bake a cake, build a birdhouse, run, jump, dance and triumph over your dark moods. DO something!!
The book's introduction is by Bruce Springsteen, someone who knows a lot about creating happiness with his own hands. A more appropriate endorsement cannot be imagined.
"The Creativity Cure" is enlightening, empathetic and often funny. It limns achievable goals in cleverly designed chapters that highlight key points and emphasize expected results, while referencing ancient and modern sages. The program asks a lot of you, but delivers more. Create your own happiness, be responsible for it and exalt in your achievement!
To summarize the purpose of the book:
"The whole point of a therapeutic process is to help you feel better, to enjoy your life, to be happier. The Creativity Cure is a creative, do-it-yourself therapeutic process that is designed to make you more satisfied with your life and yourself through purposeful engagements that foster Creative Capacity. Creative Capacity leads you to your True Self and your Creative Self." (p. 255).
The book lists and describes some related mental syndromes which can be addressed by the program. Descriptions of each syndrome facilitate self-diagnosis (page 3 ff):
Mild to moderate depression
Mild to moderate anxiety
The prescribed program includes five areas of daily activity, to be undertaken for seven weeks:
"... the steps of the Five-Part Prescription: Insight, Movement, Mind Rest, Your Own Two Hands, and Mind Shift. You are going to devote at least one hour per day, for seven weeks, to the 5PP: ten minutes for Insight, fifteen minutes for Movement, five minutes for Mind Rest, twenty minutes for Your Own Two Hands, and ten minutes for Mind Shift." (p. 50)
I am recently retired, and have tried to engage in a less formal program including three of the five recommended parts: Insight, Movement, and Your Own Two Hands. For the use of hands, I have engaged in yard work and home maintenance, and have planned to get involved in wood working.Read more ›
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I bought the book for my daughter and she told me it was great.Published 13 months ago by josephine irumudomon