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The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life Paperback – October 21, 2011
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This book shows you how to take complete control of your thoughts and emotions, and live a wonderful life! --Brian Tracy, International Motivational Speaker and author of No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline
We often struggle to make sense of the bad hand that life sometimes deals us. The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life offers a simple, refreshing approach to helping us reshuffle the deck' and tap into that inner resilience that we need to achieve a more fruitful existence. --Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, Harvard Medical School, author and editor of 18 professional books
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With all the stress around many of us do feel stuck in the whole. It is not fun to be in the hole - telling from a personal experience. The only way I see of tackling the whole is with the sense of humor. This book offers valuable advices on how to handle every day problems and does is with a great sense of style and entertainment.
As dealing with anything else, you take it one slice (problem) at a time. This book has a great collection of real life situations that we face every day and helps us take a different look at it. I came across multiple scenarios in the book that seem very common and happened to me multiple times - handling a difficult boss, holding on to the past, not moving forward because of fear of failure. Did you know that the greatest people like Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney , Abraham Lincoln, Steven Spelberg failed at the very things we know them for? As you go through the book, you can take several simple tests to help you understand where you stand with certain areas of your life. It also touches a topic of health and fitness and how you can start burning calories easy.
Let me leave you with one thing I really liked by The Swiss Wiz, book's mentor: "Waiting for tomorrow to be happy will get you nowhere"
The authors point out that larger holes mean sweeter, more flavorful cheese. A lot of adages, more or less, have the same message. Really, what is life without experience? How can we appreciate life when it's good when we don't have those bumps in the road? It's like when you come down with a cold or maybe you have allergies and one day, you wake up with a clear head and it's like, "Ahh..." You never knew when you'd get over it, but you did.
The underlying message I gleaned from this book? Be positive. Stephen Covey, whom I was pleased to see mentioned in this book, talked about being proactive rather than reactive. Same concept. When you're plagued with negative thoughts, it's up to you to choose positive ones. Someone make you angry? Well, don't let them get to you. You can only control one part about the situation - YOURSELF.
There are also tips on communication (active listening, using "I" statements), self-care (eating well and exercise), and other ways to avoid becoming the "stinky cheese." I don't want to give away too much because this book is such a gem. It's a keeper! And I'm not just saying that because the authors happen to be in a field that I'm headed for myself.
Disclosure: I was kindly sent a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This book would be a great graduation gift for a high school or college graduate! A newly married couple could use this as a guide to navigating through the challenges of settling into life together. That just divorced friend or just widowed friend would find much comfort and motivation in these pages. Lose your job or even your house? Got New Year's resolutions to make a better life this year? This book certainly has ideas that anyone can take to heart. Let the Swiss Wiz and the Swiss Cheese Fairy of Life guide you past the Stinky Cheese. I loved this book!
I never thought I would ever read a self-help book but The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life is very resourceful, helpful, positive, confidence boosting, and filled with great tips to get started! I loved the little exercises and examples that were provided. The book gives real life examples and stories and make it very easy to read and follow along.
This book will help you change the way you think about your life. It will help you change your perspective on your situation. I think this book would make a great gift for anyone and everyone!
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Great knowledge with how to live a happy and content life.Published 23 months ago by Anita Alexander
This book is already a favorite tool in my therapy tool box. It is well written and easily understood. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by JimmyLong
This book was easy reading and full of life altering concepts. The book addresses ideas such as being proactive, only try to control the things you can control, and most... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by ShoreBreeze
The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life! by Judith A. Belmont, MS and Lora Shor, MSW can help guide us through those tough times, tackling one problem at a time. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Sam B. (Serial Access Mom)
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We love cheese in my house. My daughter and I have an inside joke where she always mentions cheese on the... Read more
I laughed at myself as I read this book. The analogies are well thought out and depicted in such a way that everyone will understand. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by T. Love
We received this wonderful book written by Judith Belmont and Lora Shor. From the moment I got it, I could not put it down! Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by melissa
This was the first "self-help" book I've ever read. I found it interesting and learned a few things about negativity. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by Kimberley Meier
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Swiss cheese. I am not sure what leaves me craving for more...the taste, the smell, or maybe the holes. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by mel_roach