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Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Starred Review. Life coach Miller collaborates with Frisch, a researcher and clinical psychologist, to create a fascinating book that connects the research on goal-setting with the new science of positive psychology. Turns out these two have a symbiotic relationship, for as Miller says, [H]appiness requires having clear-cut goals in life that give us a sense of purpose and direction.... when we make progress toward attaining goals in one area of life, we raise our overall life satisfaction in other areas because of the 'spillover' effect. Each chapter focuses on ways to increase happiness and self-efficacy, and directs readers to a particular life list at the back of the book. These range from 100 Things to Do Before I Die to a list of mood-boosters that bring Jolts of Joy or a Web of Influence Map, where readers can chart how the closest people in their lives reflect their values; research indicates that rates of obesity and smoking are determined by who we socialize with. The authors share ingenious tips on reminders (cellphone ring tones, screen savers) that will help readers achieve long-term goals by suggestion. An excellent resource list rounds out the book. (Jan.)
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Instead of making New Year's resolutions, it may be more beneficial to assemble a goal-setting list. So believe positive psychologist/life coach Miller and clinical psychologist Frisch (Baylor Univ.), who have put together dozens of interactive exercises and assessments to guide readers in self-discovery and life-list creation. Whether or not readers follow through with every assignment, they will undoubtedly be inspired to think about goals and live more consciously and productively. Recommended for all libraries. --Library Journal
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I was surprised, however, that there wasn't any attention paid to creating what I'll call a daily "TO DO" list. This is the book to go to if you want to determine goals. It's a little less helpful when it comes to balancing your choices with all of the likely other demands on your time. My wish for more attention to time management might be unfair, given the bounty that Miller and Frisch offer. But at least on my first read through, I was puzzled that this step was missing; it seemed like a logical place for the authors to go. The goal list created here seems to exist in a vacuum.
Still, in the future, when I'm asked to recommend a "happiness" book, there's no question that this would be one of my top choices. You won't regret this purchase.
Great book! I'm really enjoying the process of working through each chapater.
Pages eight to twenty-seven: Michael Phelps and Lou Holtz are two men that are listed as case studies on how they achieve their goals. Miller and Frisch also share tips on building efficacy.
Pages thirty-six to eighty-five: The mood-boosting effects of "Best Self" journaling are discussed. In a happy way, the "Best Self" exercise reminds me of the "Journal of the Future" exercise listed in "The Vision Board" by Joyce Schwarz. There is a feature story regarding what inspired the singer of the Plain White T's to sing "Hey There Delilah." "Goal scrapbooks", "Happiness Houses", and willpower boosters are only a few of the exciting concepts covered in this section.
Pages two hundred and seven to two-hundred and fifty-four: Miller and Frisch share their advice on how to savor life. The suggestion on page 208 to discontinue making upward social comparisons resonated strongly with me. Techniques on personal reinvention on pages 213-220 are also exciting to me. Last, but not least, doing the "Three Blessings" exercise on page 254 boosted my mood.
"Creating Your Best Life" by Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael Frisch is best for those who enjoy having a "portable mentor" and/or reading unique ideas on increasing personal quality of life.