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Beck, author of the bestselling Finding Your Own North Star and columnist for O magazine, delivers another useful and sure-to-be-popular self-help guide. The Joy Diet, designed for the soul rather than the body, is composed of 10 steps that, once learned, are to be practiced on a daily basis to achieve greater fulfillment and a happier life. Beck strongly suggests becoming thoroughly familiar with each step, by practicing it for a week, before adding the next step. According to the author, the first step, spending 15 uninterrupted minutes a day doing nothing (meditating, engaging in repetitive physical activity, staring at some natural motion like flowing water), is the hardest to learn and the basis for all the other activities. She contends that a daily period of mindful silence provides a sanctuary that no one can ever take from you. The other nine steps include methods for dealing with emotional pain, identifying true desires, employing creativity to realize yearnings and taking appropriate risks. Beck advocates daily self-nourishment through play, humor and the enjoyment of at least three personalized treats. Written in a down-to-earth, positive tone, the author's thoughtfully designed exercises, inspirational anecdotes and gentle advice should fall on fertile ground. National publicity.
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'the greatest thing you'll learn from actually practising The Joy Diet is that money, love, success, and, even physical health and fitness are the products of a joyful life, not the cause.' Martha Beck --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (May 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609609904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609609903
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
People who visit my site often assume I'm getting commissions from Martha Beck. I wish I were: I've recommended Finding Your Own North Star to just about every client and every person I know.
I was afraid her follow-up book would not be able to keep up the pace, but she's exceeded my expectations. The joy diet is not about food, she clarifies right away. It's a ten-step program to bring more joy into your life.
Beck does not promise that joy will also bring money, sports cars and mansions into your life. If you read carefully, she warns that you need to work hard for what you want. But if you follow the ten steps she proposes, it's hard to imagine that you won't find more success than you ever dreamed possible.
I was a little nervous as I read the chapter on risk. As a coach myself, I am very leery of encouraging people to take big risks, like quitting a job without another one waiting. Beck offers some good questions to ask before you take the leap, such as, "Is this the only way?"
Everyone will find a favorite chapter and mine was "truth," because I've never seen this material anywhere else. It's not the usual spiel about integrity - it's about facing your own reality, which can be tough.
The most challenging step for many will be "connection." During a transition, as she says, you have to leave some people behind, and for awhile -- often a long while -- you are on your own. That's why so many people hire a coach or counselor.
As before, Ms. Beck combines insight and wisdom with a delightful sense of humor. She doesn't talk down to us, her readers, and she doesn't offer bromides and easy answers. And I especially enjoy watching a Harvard-trained social scientist attack career and life challenges, combining intelligence with commonsense. I'm a fan.
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I was thrilled to see a new book from Martha Beck, and since I work in a bookstore, I was able to start reading it before it was released. I meditate, so although I wouldn't say that the first "menu item" is easy, I was able to skip to week two automatically. Don't skip it if you don't do it! It certainly is essential to my life, and helps me stay focused. Each week/chapter adds another dimension to the "diet", and expands your life in some other way. As I am impatient, I can't simply read a chapter a week, so I am finishing the book and then incorporating the weeks as I go along. I appreciate Ms. Beck's sense of humor and frank honesty. She has been a lifestyle coach for quite a few years and offers excellent advice. If you missed "Finding Your Own North Star", be sure and check it out.
"Excuse me, My Life is Waiting" and "Extreme Success" are also excellent titles along this same line.
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I've been through a really trying year and after reading Martha's columns in O magazine I decided to try this book.

I don't really like most self-help books because their advice usually evaporates soon after reading.This doesn't. It sticks. I keep it by my bed and have been reading and re-reading it as needed.

Whenever I need a boost or a reminder to keep on track, I pick it up and get re-inspired. Hers is a very refreshing practical approach to making your life more joyful. Her writing style is funny and direct with a common sense attitude that is very appealing. Buy it!
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I am so glad this book has come into my life. It has helped me to find inner peace and to really connect with who I am. I can't put it into words what this book means to me. You just have to find out for yourself. I beleive it will affect everyone differently. It has that universal quality.

If you feel any kind of void in your life or like you're running on empty, this book will save you. You don't have to believe any certain religion or even follow one for that matter. You just have to want to know yourself and have a desire to be completely satisfied with you and your life.
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Like many self-help books, there's a lot of common sense stuff in The Joy Diet. But I like the author's approach to the subject of seeking happiness in our life. As the title implies, the book is structured like a diet regimen. There are 10 life-enhancing "menu items," such as truth, laughter, play, and creativity. Some of what you'll read here is similar to what you'll read in a lot of other books. But it's written creatively and succinctly. I like how the book is organized and I like its relatively compact size. She gets to the point and summarizes neatly at the end of each chapter for quick reference or for anyone who prefers to skim. Overall, a nice little book.
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This book was a surprising help to change my life for the better. It really had some great ideas to follow to add fun back into my life! As a recovering workaholic, the ideas in this book really showed me things missing from my life & small steps I could take to make changes. I highly recommend this book!
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I enjoyed the light-hearted nature of this book. Imagine, a life based on joy instead of deprivation. How liberating, how delicious. Yummy. Here is a quote I pulled from the book that says it all:

"Any sentient being knows when it wants to eat, mate, run, sleep or fight -- any sentient being that is, except most members of the human race. We are the only beasts in creation who systematically eradicate the knowledge of our own desires."

I have found that by using the concepts in this book, I am able to maintain a comfortable weight effortlessly and I am able to enjoy my being in my body...scars, stretch marks, cellulite and all. Hooray!
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