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Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person's Guide to Optimal Health and Performance Paperback – August 30, 2011
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"This book offers a fresh approach to living a flourishing life, and ought to be on the bookshelves of anyone who wants a smart, evidence-based workbook that will walk you through every part of your daily life and show you how to challenge and improve your habits." - Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, Author of Creating Your Best Life
"Go ahead, dive into this book! Using the latest in scientific research, the authors give you actionable steps to attack your weaknesses from a point of strength. You will have fun and make changes by reading this book, and that's a rare joint result." - Senia Maymin, Editor-in-Chief, Positive Psychology News Daily
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"Chock full of humor, stories, science, and just plain good sense, this book has a light touch and a weighty message. An astonishingly powerful book to help make real change as easy as it can get." - James Pawelski, PhD, Director of Education, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
From the Back Cover
Smarts and Stamina is a highly practical workbook that will help you leverage your strengths to have lasting impact on your quality of life at work and play. The 50 sets of health-building activities are grounded on scientific research. By following the powerful, customizable step-by-step process, you can
* Feel in the prime of your life
* Learn how to change and change how you learn
* Choose good health habits and make them stick
Discover your own personal pathway to physical energy, mental focus, and emotional resilience. This book is not just an enjoyable process helping you become healthier; it is a true lifestyle game changer.
"This book has a light touch and a weighty message. Low on stamina for change? Use your smarts and team up with Marie-Josée Shaar and Kathryn Britton, who have written an astonishingly powerful book to help make real change as easy as it can get and still be real change." James O. Pawelski, Ph.D., Director of Education and Senior Scholar, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
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Top Customer Reviews
Margaret H. Greenberg, co-author of Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business, with a foreword by Tom Rath
If you are serious about your health and are looking to ignite change, this is a must read book.
Marie- Josée and Kathryn explain in plain English the powerful interconnections and dynamics systems that determine how we live.
In a friendly tone, without overwhelming the reader with scientific theory, but satisfying the need of data, they offer a reliable path to trigger progressive change.
This book removes the excuses we create to rationalize why we do not take care of ourselves. No mysteries, no magic... effective simple interventions that inevitably produce positive results.
I work with students who are highly competitive and in many cases overextended in their studies and training and over the years have been concerned with how young people can learn to create balance in their life so that their pursuit of success is complemented or even shaped by intentional self-care. For many of my students, taking time off to rest or having sufficient daily sleep was not a reality they could entertain and even went as far as thinking that this would only cause them to do less well in their studies. In setting out to develop some resource material for my overworked students to whom performance anxiety is just a regular part of their day, I found “Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance: by Marie-Josee Shar and Kathryn Britton. The book had exactly what I was looking for and what my students needed (I think what we all need).
The message of the book and the information presented were so clear – that in order to perform at our peak, to fully express our potentials, our body also needs to be at it’s the optimal condition to do these things.Read more ›
As a health & wellness coach for women in their 50's, I find that my clients tend to put other's needs before their own and tend to lack practicing their own self-care. At that point, they often come to me tired, overweight, unhealthy, under rested, and overwhelmed. This book is written in a way that helps anyone who may feel like they're just surviving, to come up for air, and take control of their life - feel better, sleep better, eat better, and live life the way it was meant to be lived.
"Smarts and Stamina" allows readers to not just learn and absorb information (like many informational books do), rather, it allows readers to work through the book and put activities into practice right then and there. Because of this, readers are able to experience the "wealth of health" so to speak, along the way, long before they flip to the last page.
As a health & wellness professional, I recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to enhance their life satisfaction, health, and overall well-being.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Wellness Coach, I am always looking for tools and resources to help clients stay engaged in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susan F. Grace
The Smarts and Stamina approach to health and wellbeing is long overdue. The majority of books on the subject often seem to focus on nutrition, diets and exercise. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Suzanne Y. Levy
This was gifted to me by a dear friend. It is a great book, well written with simple yet effective suggestions to improve your life and health.Published 12 months ago by DancNmom
Smarts and Stamina is a great wellness based resource tool, which focuses on four key components of health: sleep, food, mood and exercise. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customerbynynuybu I
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has such a friendly tone and short digestible chapters. The research based nature showed how applicable everything was. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Leslie Reid
I started reading Smarts and Stamina a few weeks ago, and it is AMAZING. I love the workbook format, and I am very impressed with how well expressed the data-based ideas are. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lilly Bradford
I bought the book for a class. I'm pleased with the resources and activities in the book to be used in wellness coaching. I would recommend this book to newer coaches.Published 18 months ago by patti