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Life Is Short, Wear Your Party Pants Hardcover – February 1, 2003

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About the Author

Loretta LaRoche is an internationally known stress coach and consultant, whose heartwarming and hilarious insights into ways to use humor to defeat stress have made her a favorite with viewers of her five PBS specials, and on the lecture circuit, where she performs an average of 100 talks per year. She is the author of two previous books, Relax, You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, ISBN: 0375501452 and Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal, ISBN: 0767906659. She lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; First Edition edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401901484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401901486
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lep on April 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Several months of being WAY stressed out and I decided to take a little stoll in the self help section to come across this book. I read it in only a few days (put it down/picked it up). It made me laugh out loud a few times. I'm now searching for more things from this author (I never knew she was out there). Several other women in my life are in bad relationships...this book made me think...what the heck are you doing in an unhappy situation? Life IS short. Why do we waste our time stressing ourselves out instead of enjoying life? And the mention of getting angry over being caught in traffic, etc...that was me. She makes you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the little things around you that you never notice because you are in too big of a rush.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
"What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life is Short" is a book about making the choice to live an extraordinary life. It is about showing appreciation, giving more hugs and being more forgiving. Loretta explores a variety of beliefs and shows how stress is a signal to change your life. She brings out some interesting points about conversation being a deep and personal form of bonding and gives practical ways you can reconnect to family and friends.

Throughout the book Loretta shares her life, explains the concept of having a higher life purpose and promotes the idea of living in the present.

The cover and inner design is highly creative. I loved the little party pants on each page and the abundance of inspiring quotes by Mother Teresa, Ashley Montagu, Arthur Rubinstein and many others.

Each chapter has a creative title and a meaningful affirmation. Chapter 10 is entitled: "Join the Party! ("An amazing life requires connection."). Loretta discusses the concepts of stress, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning and connection.

Unique Topics Include:

Keeping a Joy Journal
Boost Your Word Power; Boost Your Mood
Eight Reasons We Can't Lighten Up
Ten Simple Ways to Connect Today

The list of "How we create a pessimistic life" was also humorously entitled "Ten Ways to Struggle and Live on the Dark Side." Loretta LaRoche has written this book to help you step into the light of love, laughter and living. Through her writing she shows how we waste so many hours on the dark side and gives practical ways we can step towards the light.

~The Rebecca Review
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the first self-help book that I have read from cover to cover. Miss Loretta delivers sound commonsense advice and she is funny with it. She is not preaching she is just directing and advising...which is the best way to get my attention. Having read the book and talked about it, a friend told me about the CD...well I have not laughed so much in a long, long time (especially by myself). The audio version of her book will have you in stitches...it contains live performances from her various show and it's funny as hell. I listen to it in the office when people are getting on my nerves, in traffic when the radio is boring...each time I find something new to think about, and the message stays with me.
Life IS short, we know this but we don't pay attention...until it's to late. Put on YOUR panty pants and give this book or CD a whirl...you won't be disappointed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've liked seeing Loretta LaRoche on various PBS specials, but until

now, had never read anything by her . . . what a shame!

LIFE IS SHORT, WEAR YOUR PARTY PANTS made me laugh, but it also got me to think about the fact that things such

as party pants shouldn't be saved for later--they should be enjoyed now.

LaRoche, a stress management consultant, presents such ideas

in a humorous, easy-to-apply fashion . . . such as this one:

keep a joy journal . . . she notes that, "Keeping a joy journal

will help you maintain a feeling of elation, the sense that you're

searing with the eagles instead of scratching in the dirt with the

turkey."

As to what to put down in such a journal, she suggests that

you try some of these ideas to move you in the right direction:

1. Think of people who have really made a positive difference

in your life.

2. List three of four things that you do well.

3. Write down at least five things that you like about yourself.

4. Think of a time in which you had so much love in your heart

that you thought it would burst.

5. Think of some of the favorite physical activities you enjoyed as a child

(swimming, jumping rope, roller skating?). List them, and think about ways

you might do them again.

6. Think of five qualities you adore in your partner or spouse.

Write them down, and tell him or her about them.

7. Think back to a time when you felt supported while going

through a challenge. How did this feel, in detail?

8. Remember three time when you felt inner peace and serenity.

Can you capture that feeling?
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