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A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness Hardcover – January 4, 2006

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ForeWord: "The wisdom herein is impossible to mistake."


"Dr. Kathleen Hall sums up the classical maxim of balance for our own age by delivering her message itself with astute balance in style and content. Here we learn how to incorporate this simple yet profound message made accessible through her clarity. Following her guidance brings balance within each of our grasp." -- John T. Chirban, Ph.D., Th.D., Harvard Medical School, author of True Coming of Age


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (January 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814473342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814473344
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cathy A. Pulsifer on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Hall's book, "A Life in Balance", captured my attention within the first pages of the introduction.

On the first page of the introduction the author states:

"Our gas tanks are full, our bank accounts are full, and our closets are full, but we are running empty." I reflected on this statement, and with the exception of, "our bank accounts are full", I thought how true this statement resembled parts of my life and the lives of so many people I know.

Another example of the author's comments that caught my attention was:

"We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance."

Dr. Hall shares her personal life experiences, and the experiences of others allowing you to see actual examples of what she is describing. She draws analogies from the seasons of the year and shows how the seasons of life are similar. She is able to use the example of a tree in pointing out how our life can hold the same balance by giving us the four roots of S.E.L.F..

We all know what stress is, but do we fully understand it? Dr. Hall explains stress, how stress affects our lives, and she provides suggestions for handling the stress in our lives.

At the end of each chapter the Dr. Hall helps you internalize what you have just read by giving you:

· Questions to ask yourself

· Suggestions to tell yourself

· Ideas to give yourself

In addition to sharing her training, education and experiences, Dr. Hall also provides many excellent resources including website addresses, and book references, plus she offers her own 25 Tips to a Life in Balance.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pamela H. Hoffman on April 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Hall is a brilliant writer who has the ability to distill and analyze exactly why most of us are in a constant state of emotional, psychological, spiritual, or physical turmoil. Her new book, "A Life In Balance", explains in plain and simple language how fear, stress, and being externally controlled by what is going on around us hinders our attainment of happiness and fulfillment. Through empirical research, observation, common sense and a candid peek into her own colorful life, Kathleen gently guides us to look inward and to evaluate how we're living. She helps us learn to eliminate debilitating fear and unhealthy lifestyles while we set new standards for discovering happiness and a true sense of purpose. Once you read her formula for achieving happiness and re-discovering passion in your life, the truth will set you free!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As one would surmise from the title, this is a book about establishing and keeping balance in your life. One of the better self-help books that I have read, it includes sections on Happiness and Health, Seasons of Your Life, Focusing Inward for Happiness, Stress and Stress Busting, Poisons that Kill the Roots of Your Happiness (fear, anger, hate, pessimism, apathy, greed, etc.), Establishing Serenity, Exercise and it's Gift to Your Body and Spirit, Love and Intimacy, and Nourishment. It is all about living life intentionally with purpose and balance. A Life in Balance is a recommended read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Author Kathleen A. Hall explains how to develop strength, mental and physical flexibility, focus and happiness by nourishing what she calls the "roots of self." She offers a well-reasoned, well-researched approach to creating a harmonious work-life balance. Drawing from a broad range of disciplines, she makes the findings of mind-body medicine easy to understand, and shows that small, incremental changes easily within your grasp may add up to significant life changes. Though her style can be a tad repetitive, we recommend this book to stressed-out, overwhelmed workers and managers as a reliable, one-volume compendium of diverse health and happiness advice.
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