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The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life Hardcover – May 6, 2003
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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.
"Excuse me, My Life is Waiting" and "Extreme Success" are also excellent titles along this same line.
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!
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.
"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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It gives you a few things to do each day which really does make you feel pretty good. I haven't finished the book yet, but I plan to do so.Published 11 days ago by Olivia C.
Martha Beck NEVER disappoints! Her insight in to the human spirit is beyond shear knowledge...she always manages to touch the very soul of every type of energy/event and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Basheba A Kodrowsky
I keep coming back to this book! I love the way the author sets out a program, week by week (even though I've also skipped around in the book). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Martha Beck is a wonder! Following her advice has changed my life for the better in a deep way.Published 12 months ago by DTanbaalu