- 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: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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From the Inside Flap
Welcome to The Joy Diet, a menu of ten behaviors you can add to your way of living and thinking to enhance every day's journey through the unpredictable terrain of your existence. You can add these behaviors gradually and watch your life become steadily more vivid and satisfying. Or you can go on a "crash Joy Diet" to help you navigate life's emergencies.
The ten menu items are:
- Nothing: Do nothing for fifteen minutes a day. Stop mindlessly chasing goals and figure out which goals are worth going after.
- Truth: Create a moment of truth to help you unmask what you're hiding--from others and from yourself.
- Desire: Identify, articulate, and explore at least one of your heart's desires--and learn how to let yourself want what you want.
- Creativity: Learn six new ways to develop at least one new idea to help you obtain your heart's desire.
- Risk: Take one baby step toward reaching your goal. The only rule is it has to scare the pants off you.
- Treats: Give yourself a treat for every risk you take and two treats just because you're you. No exceptions. No excuses.
- Play: Take a moment to remember your real life's work and differentiate it from the games you play to achieve it. Then play wholeheartedly.
- Laughter: Laugh at least thirty times a day. Props encouraged.
- Connection: Use your Joy Diet skills to interact with someone who matters to you.
- Feasting: Enjoy at least three square feasts a day, with or without food.
No matter what your long-term goals are, The Joy Diet, written with Martha Beck's inimitable blend of
wisdom, practical guidance, and humor, will help you achieve the immediate gift of joyful living in the here
and now. Begin your journey today.
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In 2003, I decided more joy was exactly what I needed and read Martha Beck's book "The Joy Diet". Reading it changed my life. Using her book as a guide, I learned to slow down; take relevant, targeted risks; and treat myself better on a daily basis, which led me to three wonderful years in the Peace Corps and to a new career as a life coach and cultural travel host. Almost 8 years later, I am still recommending her book to friends, to clients and on my blog.
Beck's approach is simple and methodical. She shares clear-cut steps and tells you how to combine them for the biggest impact, and then she sort-of kicks you out of the nest, respecting your choices and trusting that if you use the steps she has shared, you will be ready to create the life you want. And, you will.
As always, the first step - learn to do nothing - was the hardest for me, and Beck won't let you move on until you get it right. I will be eternally thankful to her for that. Her words led me to step back and slow down at a time when I truly needed it. And, her light and breezy way of writing kept me interested and engaged. As silly as this may sound, the short length and size of her book, also put me at ease - I knew I wouldn't have to wade through hundreds of pages to get to the good stuff.
Don't let the number of steps or the description above intimidate you; Beck walks you through the process and into a joy filled life.
"Happiness is my constant traveling companion, if I only remember to open my suitcase." P. Koerper