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Flourishing by [Gaffney, Maureen]
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"A realistic approach [to positive thinking]."  —Sunday Times


"It is the science and professional experience at Gaffney's disposal that makes her book so relevant for these tough times . . . Her advice is presented in such a friendly and persuasive way that it's hard to resist."  —Irish Examiner


"Maureen Gaffney's simple strategies for positive thinking can put the feel-good factor back into your life."  —Irish Independent


"Shows us how we can approach life with a renewed sense of vigour and purpose."  —Metro Herald


"Very recession relevant as it encourages people to be resilient in the face of adversity."  —Prudence


"Certainly shows us how to move on. . . thought-provoking."  —Cara

About the Author

Maureen Gaffney is a leading psychologist who combines work in academia with a busy international consultancy business with clients in Ireland, the UK, Israel, and the US. She has worked with the Intel Corporation for over a decade and serves on the executive committee of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is also a columnist, broadcaster, and author.

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  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (October 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JZD3T6
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Format: Paperback
It is no surprise that psychologist Maureen Gaffney's book is still at the top of the best selling list since it was published before last Christmas. If there was ever a time when a positive grip on life was needed it has to be now, and Flourishing provides a wealth of different ways to do just that. This book raised my heart. It is firmly rooted in research, it is easy to read and understand and it is written in a style that makes it impossible not to `turn the page' - as they say. Maureen Gaffney, in her own inimitable way, has given us a book for our time. In setting out ten strategies to help nurture a flourishing life she has provided us with a road map. Using our everyday experience she opens our eyes to new ways of seeing old habits and suggests possibilities that can improve our well-being and bring new meaning to our life. On a personal note, the section on Meditation is particularly pertinent, given the current focus on mindfulness. This section gives a welcome overview, clear and simple, of why and how we can make the best use of our attention and learn to become `mindful'. To quote, the skills involved in "being more in control of yourself and your life are at the heart of flourishing" (p181).
At first glance this book may appear to be a difficult read but that is not the case. It lends itself well to dipping in and out of different sections and that, in turn, may lead to further exploration and engagement. This book is a joy to read and one to return to again and again.
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I appreciated this book from beginning to end.

It's method of asking the reader to reflect on their own highs and lows and learn from how you responded and felt was very powerful.

I am very passionate in terms of my beliefs and am a consummate believer that beliefs with actions are meaningless. Via this book I was began to realize how my passion could have undermined by my own emotional or not well thought out responses. I think when we are young an outburst sometimes is considered appropriate and even necessary to convey our intent and maybe it did convey exactly that but if faced with a similar situation how can I better couple what I've learned with my experience to arrive at a better response and follow through.

Furthermore, if you work in a science or engineering filed and/or consider yourself technically oriented this book will suite you. I have applied a model based problem solving approach to many relationships and interactions using 'data for' and 'data against' as a key mode for learning and improving. This book complements my approach perfectly by using common terms.

Lastly, I have been skeptical my whole like about meditation and its use as a tool for improvement but this book resells meditation in a very constructive manner to be used as a valuable tool for reflection.

Great book!!!
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Excellent summary and guide for the application of recent developments in mindfulness, cognitive psychology, theory of flow, and other related fields. Not pop psych, not self-help in the old-fashioned sense. Strong basis in recent research.
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This book requires three or four readings. The first reading is to marvel at its contents and what it tells us about ourselves . A second reading is required to begin to seriously learn about many of the important lessons gleaned from science about how we can flourish better as individuals. A third reading is required as we begin to practice the lessons in this book in our own lives. This books helps us to be more aware of the innate understanding within us that can help us to change our lives for the better.
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By CMC on December 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I find that so many people are reaching out to understand themselves better and live happier peaceful lives. Removed from all the distractions of life we all retreat to our inner most thoughts and feelings and this is really the place where we dwell. We have a deep need to make this the best dwelling place possible. Maureen Gaffney's wise and compassionate book makes this possible. I loved this book and felt the presence of a practical teacher with me as I followed her thoughts and advice. I have read many books on positive psychology but this book has impressed me most. The book weaves all the most profound ideas, theories and practices together in an easy accessible way. Above all it is practical, well written and underpinned by sound research. Like a good song the book stays with you and draws you in for another read when you fill the need to be inspired.
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I don't think I've ever read such a comprehensive, extensive, easy to follow articulation of the patterns of our minds coupled with psychology, sociology and practical steps to increase your happiness.

I found the first 5 pages quite boring and fluffy and put the book down. About 4 months later I read a summary article in a magazine and thought the book was look a second chance - I haven't put it down since!

There are levels of concepts that in the latter stages of the book make it somewhat difficult - I will be re-reading a number of chapters.

Overall well worth the read.

It would particularly suit a man as a first read into the world of personal development.
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