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Photo Adventures in Cuba [Kindle Edition]

Judy Krings Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ignite the Most Curious Positive Psychology Coaching Adventure You'll Ever Take!
Visit mysterious Cuba vicariously. Banish boredom. Discover how to use strengths spotting to make a radical shift to success.
 
Positive Psychology exploded around the world in 1998. This uniquely exciting, vibrant book is the first book to joyfully pair travel with powering up positivity. A travelogue triumph!Miraculously, despite austere living conditions, this eye candy book spotlights how Cubans survive and thrive! Why? Because they have learned the secrets of harnessing their 24 "Values in Action" character strengths, the true cornerstones of living the "Good Life".
Vibrantly packed with 136 stunning photos and 24 tantalizing human interest tales, this book delightfully weaves a fascinating tapestry of character strengths and spectacular photography. For coaches, clients, travelers, and joy-seekers, this heartfelt book is packed with positive psychology coaching pizzazz! See and feel how life sparkles as Cubans embrace positivity life enhancers: Joy, Gratitude, Serenity, Interest, Hope, Pride, Awe, Amusement, Inspiration and Love.
 
Capture captivating Cuba! Around every corner in Cuba, tantalizing adventures await. From the hustle bustle of Havana's cobblestone streets housing formerly luxurious mansions, to lush viridescent Vinales Valley vistas, to brilliantly clear turquoise blue Varadero Beach, this magnificent country amazes. Riding water buffaloes, banging bongos, and creeping into cavernous caves (avoiding the snakes!) are depicted in vivid color. Aside from her exceptional beauty, it is the Cuban people who steal the show. With courageous candor, open arms, warm hearts and gracious smiles, they speak volumes of authentic appreciation. Even with shoe soles worn and commodities scarce, Cuba's culture beats to a colorful, creative rhythm. Their soulful spirits touch every aspect of humanity. Unforgettable. Through the camera lens, view Cubans captured using their character strengths. Laugh, love, savor fun and the author's foibles. Be mesmerized:
  • Discover Hemingway's Havana and why he used his savvy strengths
  • Delight in picturesque "travel back in classic car time" photos.
  • Savor uniquely interesting "how to engage your strengths" human interest stories
  • Infuse more meaning into life via soul-searching questions at each chapter's end.
  • Claim confidence and bolster your immunity as your happiness explodes!
This book is for everyone who wants to spit shine their life with positivity. And YIPPEE! Positivity is a learned skill. This book brilliantly shows you how.
 
Strengths make life sizzle. This book is a gift, like savoring strengths in a 5-star spa!

 



Editorial Reviews

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~ "Judy Krings brings the Strengths and Virtues of Positive Psychology to Life!"
Dr. Martin Seligman, Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania and Director, Positive Psychology Center, Author, Flourish

~ "Dr. Judy Krings has created a unique and delightful book that may ignite a new form of literature: Positive Psychology Travel Guides.  Her captivating photographs of Cuba, its citizens and the historic culture are interspersed with a description of character strengths, their relevance to the scenes, and some prompts for the reader to ask themselves about their own experiences with those strengths.  This brilliant book transforms travel into a thoughtful and positive appreciation that will forever alter the way you see the world!"
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, Professional Coach & Author

~ "I have always wanted to visit Cuba, and Judy's vibrant book transported me there, mind, heart and soul. This is a "must read" for anyone who wants to embark upon a delightful journey into the possible!"
~Viki Winterton, Publisher, Insights and Published! magazines

~ "Just the photos in this book are enough to show you the mysterious Cuba and landmarks such as Ernest Hemingway's house and the 1950's culture. This is an exceptional book. And you'll also get Judy's positivity psychology tips among the vibrant photos. I loved this book enough to share it with all my friends. I loved it enough to book my next year's trip to Cuba!
~Judy Cullins, Book Coach, World Traveler, and author

From the Author

As you turn these picturesque pages festooned with fascinating Cuban human interest stories, I have defined each of the 24 character strengths. See which ones of yours shine while you take pleasure in enjoying mine! Here's to joy in your journey and laughs in your learning!

Before you pack your positivity bags and begin your exciting adventure travels to exotic Cuba, here's a quick guide to character strengths and virtues.

If your want an in-depth trip down the ground-breaking historical research trail, grab a copy of Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook in Classification, by positive psychology founders, Dr. Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman.

In brief, after worldwide research across history and culture, six broad virtues emerged: Wisdom, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance  and Transcendence. Further analysis revealed twenty-four separate positive strengths all human share yet express differently in day-to day life.

Treat yourself to a wonderfully enlightening wake-up call to greater well-being. Take the Values in Action (VIA) 24 Signature Strengths Survey at viacharacter.org. Watch with awe how your whole world shifts into greater happiness, meaning, and fulfillment.

Product Details

  • File Size: 30918 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FastPencil, Inc. (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CRDHWY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! January 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
WOW!!! I just spent the last hour in my comfy chair savoring every nugget of your deliciously delightful photo journey of Cuba. The photos are amazingly vibrant and alive with color and energy. I love it! And I love how you related the photos to the VIA Character Strengths revealed in your experience of everyday life in Cuba. I am of the same childhood era as you and I clearly remember my fears of the Cuban missile crisis. Your book calmed those fears and warmed my heart to the Cuban people. Hugs, love and smiles, Susan
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowie Zowie January 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
Do you want the perfect gift for yourself or anyone who wants to move in the direction of their strengths and increase their positivity? Here's a meaningful and beautiful positive psychology book that everyone will refer to again and again. It is an artistic coffee table book that comes with a wonderful way (based on research) to live a fuller life by exploring what you are good at and using it more!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - uplifting book February 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was beautifully illustrated. I felt as though I was along with Dr. Judy on her trip to Cuba. Whenever I am having a down day, I pick up the book and read some of her inspiring words of wisdom. Magnificant book for all ages. Highly recommended.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Filled February 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
Every once in a great while you come across the best stuff in the most unpredictable of places. The photos within Judy's book unexpectedly plucked me from the snow-filled winter view out of my window and had me walking around tropical Cuba with her and her Mom. But what pulled me deeper into this wonderful amalgam of photos, narratives and anecdotes was the underlying depth of respect and unfettered love exuded for both the Cuban people and her Mom. A sure sign for me when I am fortunate enough to come across something inherently spiritual is a major case of goose bumps on my forearms; this superb piece of art did just that. Must stop now to rinse the warm Cuban beach sand off my feet before lunch.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - take me away moment February 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book was beautifully illustrated. I felt as though I was along with Dr. Judy on her trip to Cuba. Whenever I am having a down day, I pick up the book and read some of her inspiring words of wisdom. Magnificant book for all ages. Highly recommended.

The easy reading and beautiful, breathe-taking adventures made me feel that I was with her on the trip. She is an amazing woman, and shares this with everyone that reads her book. She is an inspiration to all woman. Thanks for sharing with us both your beautiful illustration of Cuba and your words of wisdom.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photos, profound insights January 22, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Photo Adventures of Cuba ~ Unlocking the Power of Positivity" is stunning photographic essay that will surprise, delight, and move the reader to explore a fascinating culture and to embark an inner journey of promise and positivity . Judy has a knack for knocking your socks off--and then getting you to delight in squiggling your toes in the sand. You'll discover the best of Cuba and the best of you in this joyful read!

Dr. Gayle Scroggs, PCC, [...] ~ Executive & Life Coaching, Writing & Editing
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Filled February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Every once in a great while you come across the best stuff in the most unpredictable of places. The photos within Judy's book unexpectedly plucked me from the snow-filled winter view out of my window and had me walking around tropical Cuba with her and her Mom. But what pulled me deeper into this wonderful amalgam of photos, narratives and anecdotes was the underlying depth of respect and unfettered love exuded for both the Cuban people and her Mom. A sure sign for me when I am fortunate enough to come across something inherently spiritual is a major case of goose bumps on my forearms; this superb piece of art did just that. Must stop now to rinse the warm Cuban beach sand off my feet before lunch.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read your book, I must say what a nice travelogue of Cuba it is scattered with anecdotes seen in a positive light, although not without mishaps. Just shows that one has to be aware of all kinds of things when one is in a strange land, and unfamiliar with customs. Through your book I have learned a lot about Cuba and how people like ourselves survive in an oppressed land yet undaunted and working together without the things that we in the West take for granted.

Perhaps the people of Cuba are better off without the technologies that shape our lives and let's face it, Facebook is a poor substitute for one to one relationships. While we grow ever apart, the Cubans grow nearer to each other, sharing each others burdens with fortitude and hospitality. Even so I felt through your words and colourful photos that I was looking back to an age trapped in time as depicted in old Hollywood movies. It was both intriguing as it was sad. Sad because so little progress seems to have been made for the lot of the people, to enjoy the benefits of freedom of choice and improved living conditions that we enjoy. Having to wait in line for basic essentials for example, something that my grandparents had to do in the Blitz with their ration cards. A bygone age for Britons, but not so for the Cuban people.

Maybe when Castro has gone and the USA remove their trade embargo Cuba will be welcomed into the International fold. But then again the way things are going with the financial crisis in the Western World, maybe they are better as they are now. Perhaps the poor will inherit the world after all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read with great photos that I will go back to many...
Judy brings the reader along on a delightful, soul enriching experience of Cuba, it's people and culture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harvey Deutschendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, inspiring, and thought-provoking read
Photo Adventures in Cuba is an intersection between science-based self-help, photography, and inspiration, forming a unique journey that you simply enjoy taking. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ran Zilca
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read and Picture Viewing!
Judy has put her heart and her soul into this book and it shows.
The pictures are just gorgeous but as important or maybe even more so
is all the Positive Psychology... Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Kim Kirmmse Toth
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND JUDY KRING'S BOOK
Judy Kring's photo essay is one of the most amazing examples of applied positive psychology that I've seen. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Louis Alloro
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Wisdom
Of all the gorgeous islands in the Caribbean, the one I have most wanted to visit is Cuba. And thanks to Judy's wonderful book, I feel like I have. Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by Ben J. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of Dr. Judy Krings "Photo Adventures in Cuba ~ Unlock Your...
"Delightful" was the first word that came to my mind as I read Photo Adventures in Cuba. But I second-guessed myself, afraid the word might be used too often, so I kept looking for... Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Margarita Tarragona
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively, absolutely fabulous
Everything Dr. Judy puts her energy into turns out well. This photographic inspirational book is just the ticket to get all of us thinking about exploring new vistas. Read more
Published on May 27, 2012 by Gerald Keegan
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
"Photo Adventures in Cuba - Unlock Your Power of Positivity" was so amaziing. How original! A book about Cuba. A book about strengths. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by True Believer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Photo Adventures in Cuba - Unlock Your Power of Positivity" helped me hone in on my strengths spotting a new concept for me. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Biologychick
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational Positive Psychology at its Best!
Epictetus, ancient Greek philosopher, taught his students what happened to them was not as important as what they believed happened to them. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Deanna Bartelme
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JUDY KRINGS, Ph.D., PCC, is a "uniquely human" clinical psychologist and positive psychology personal and professional life coach. Post-graduate, she is MentorCoach trained and is certified by the International Coach Federation.

Born in Harrington, DE, "Dr. Judy" received her undergraduate degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia,where she received both academic and athletic scholarships. Her Master's Degree was earned at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, and her Ph.D. achieved at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

With a professional career spanning three decades, Dr. Judy has assisted individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. She has served as a consultant for a myriad of agencies, businesses, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, the military, medical clinics, and hospitals.

Dr. Judy created and hosted three radio talk shows, including her nationally syndicated Chicago-based "Dr. Judy Show". She continues to appear regularly on blog talk radio. She also produced and hosted a TV show series focused on coping with mental health issues and aided international disaster relief efforts via TV and radio.

She has authored hundreds of professional articles for newspapers, magazines, and organizations, and originated self help and teen advice columns. A dynamic lecturer, she has delivered keynote presentations throughout her clinical, consultant, and professional career. She continues to enjoy appearing in international tele-summits and speaking at coaching forums.

Dr. Judy produced, interviewed and recorded international weight loss expert authors for Dr. Carol Solomon's acclaimed "Lose Weight Now...Stay Slim Forever" Audio Program.

Recently, she authored positive psychology coaching articles for premier issues of India's PsyInsight magazine and The Coach Exchange's Published! magazine. She also penned a relationship article for tce's Insights magazine and wrote an ebook on relationships.

Dr. Martin Seligman, renown founder of the science of positive psychology, recently honored Dr. Judy by embracing her acronym "PERMA" in his new book, Flourish.

Her down to earth, creative and upbeat coaching style helps people find meaningful solutions to their most difficult problems. Dr. Judy empowers people to maximize their happiness, well-being, and best self.

Dr. Judy's energy, humor, and passion set her apart as a professional who truly "walks her talk". She authentically inspires people to harness their strengths and flourish. She puts heart in helping and joy in the journey.

With her beloved husband, Ken, Dr. Judy lives in Manitowoc, WI. They have three children and four exceptional grandchildren. They divide their time between the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and sunny Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, MX.

Dr. Judy thrives on gardening, photography, traveling, reading, collecting psychological cartoons, and emailing friends, especially her adopted son in Nepal. She also loves scouring the Internet, blogging, and appreciating art. She loves animals and never met a dog she didn't like!

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