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7 HabitsThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Sometimes having a faint goal in mind will take you nowhere until you get clear about who you are, what you want and about how you wish to work with others. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey provides a set of seven guidelines meant to transform the way you think about your life. Principles like fairness, integrity, service and human dignity permeate the book, and you will finish this read with a more balanced state of emotional intelligence and the readiness to take on change.

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Art of HappinessThe Art of Happiness

Stephen’s motivational talks often center around the ability to regulate our own happiness. A major part of emotional intelligence, the ability to decide how we want to react to things can bring the most amazing sense of peace and self-power. The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel prize winner, teaches that happiness is the purpose of life. Meeting with a psychologist to help get the message across in a concrete format, he provides advice on how to get there. The Art of Happiness is a fundamental book on happiness, and it also now serves as the basis for positive psychology.

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Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence offers new insight into modern discoveries about the two parts of our thinking process, the rational and the emotional, and the ways in which these two sides interact to affect all aspects of our lives. Emotional intelligence is concerned with balancing both the rational and emotional to promote positive well-being and redefine how we relate to the rest of the world, individually and on a societal level.

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First Things FirstFirst Things First

A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill apply the concepts found in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Peopleto the reality of a demanding work and home life. The book focuses on relationships, results and effectiveness.

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Mother a Successful DaughterHow to Mother a Successful Daughter
A Practical Guide to Empowering Girls from Birth to Eighteen

Raising a daughter to be confident and emotionally balanced in a society ripe with sexual images and violence against women is not a simple undertaking for any mother. Nicky Marone’s How to Mother a Successful Daughter provides an inspiring and uplifting guide to reversing the negative effects of contemporary culture on girls today.

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9780345309044-uk-300Making Peace with Your Parents

It often seems that there is nothing more difficult in life than accepting your parents. Our relationships with those who have raised us are complicated, often subconscious, and can be catalysts for emotional patterns in our adult lives. Learning to make peace with who your parents are or were and learning to find peace within yourself, is fundamental to becoming a balanced and fulfilled adult. Harold Bloomfield’s smart work helps bridge the gap between where your parents left off and where you will now take your own life.

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OpheliaReviving Ophelia – Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

If you have a daughter, you are most likely a little worried about the state of the world for women today. Not only do women get paid less than men, all the while combatting societal stereotypes, the media is saturated with violence, sexualized, and demeaning images of women. How can you raise strong, emotionally intelligent, and confident girls in this type of environment? Author Mary Pipher provides a look into the lives of girls dealing with the transition from adolescence. She suggests ways to urge your daughter to flourish and discover her sense of self.

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Moved CheeseWho Moved My Cheese

Change messes with us in different ways, depending on how we choose to deal with it. A desire to control, or at least prepare for, every occurrence in life crops up in most of our minds from time to time. Dr. Spencer Johnson stresses the fact that people are fearful of change because of the lack of control it connotes. Because we cannot control external change, it is important to change our minds instead. Johnson attempts to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and to help readers accept the possibility of change peacefully. Doing so can radically change one’s outlook on life and level of contentment in the moment.

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Ageless BodyAgeless Body, Timeless Mind

Dr. Deepak Chopra inspires readers with a rejection of common assumptions about what it means to age.

“Once again Dr. Chopra presents us with information that can help us live long, healthy lives. For all those interested in a long, full life, this book is a valuable resource.” – Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles 

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History of EveerythingA Brief History of Everything

In  A Brief History of Everything, Ken Wilber discusses the course of human evolution in the context of spiritual development and awareness. He examines recurring global patterns and provides a path to global transformation. Wilber offers new perspectives on the environment, gender, liberation movements and more.

This book is for anyone interested in a human anthropology that extends beyond textbook assumptions of human evolution.

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Feel the FearFeel the Fear… and Do It Anyway

Touted as a life-changing classic, Dr. Susan Jeffers’ Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway is a guide to self-empowerment and emotional intelligence that focuses on facing fear directly to move forward.

Learn about: what we are afraid of, and why; how to move from victim to creator; the secret of making no lose decisions; the vital 10-step process that helps you out-talk the negative chatterbox in your brain; how to create more meaning in your life

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Four AgreementsThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

The Four Agreements made it to Oprah’s Favorite Things 2000 list, which heralded its status as a powerful guide to pure happiness and a new lease on life. The Four Agreements, based on teaching passed down from ancient Toltec beliefs, translate to “be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best.” These beliefs, though simple, can transform your life, rid your mind of needless suffering, block self-limiting beliefs and allow you to truly experience love, happiness and freedom. Following the path outlined in this book can be part of a journey to change the mind.

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The InvitationThe Invitation

This collection of Oriah’s treasured poetry expands on her first poem, The Invitation, which is a call to examine life, true intimacy and joy. Oriah’s work centers on the development of true self, and her follow up poems, The Dance and The Call, describe ways to let go and allow life to take its natural path and ways to heed our personal calling. Stephen is inspired by these simple works and connects the ideas often to his teachings on both spiritual and emotional intelligence, but also in business and management techniques.

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Power of OptimismThe Power of Optimism

Before green living became a household phrase, Voluntary Simplicity was published in 1981 and spurred a dialogue about human relation to the environment and sustainable living. This is a revision of Duane Elgin’s important text. Elgin promotes living in balance with Earth’s resources and believes that living in a state of frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth can change the world.

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Road Less TraveledThe Road Less Traveled

One of the most spiritually and intellectually influential books of this generation, The Road Less Traveledmade history by remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for over ten years. M. Scott Peck’s exploration of relationships and serenity in life helps readers understand how to find the difference between dependence and love, how to grow into one’s most authentic self, how to be a better parent and more. Dr. Peck treats spirituality as a constant journey and takes readers through a guided tour of the path to higher understanding of the self and a greater ability to achieve emotional intelligence.

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People Dont HealWhy People Don’t Heal and How They Can

In this telling book, Dr. Caroline Myss describes how healing is dependent on the body, soul and personal history. She outlines seven energy centers in the body and provides a self-healing program for those interested in whole body health and a more peaceful state of being. She also dispels five myths about healing and explains how people become physically and spiritually ill because of discord within the body, lack of spiritual connection or cell-memory from negative personal history. While her teaching may still be considered out-of-the-box, more and more people are beginning to open up to the idea that health has much more to do with spiritual and mental well-being than we ever thought.

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Artists wayThe Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

It’s not always easy to create. Being an artist may seem like a dreamer’s profession, but it actually requires immense amounts of dedication, practice and self-awareness. Most people have a creative self within, but many of us neglect it, refuse to listen to it or are simply to shy to take the first step. This book is all about overcoming artistic blocks and becoming more productive in your creative process. Author Julia Cameron promotes making the creative process an integral part of your daily life.

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Difficult ConversationsDifficult Conversations

Douglas Stone’s Difficult Conversations presents a path forward in maneuvering conversations that you would rather avoid. Whether in the office or in your personal life, Stone provides techniques for approaching difficult conversations head-on with greater peace of mind.

Learn how to: Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation; Start a conversation without defensiveness; Listen for the meaning of what is not said; Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations; Move from emotion to productive problem solving

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Finding FLowFinding Flow – The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Finding Flow is based on a study which found that most adults are living lives very out of touch with their emotional needs. The typical modern adult was found to waver between anxiety during times of work and boredom during leisure. This books aims to present a new way to spend time by engaging in tasks that require a high degree of skill and that are enjoyable. Flow is about engaging so deeply in a task that one loses sense of time and space and becomes captivated with the project at hand. Engaging fully in activities is a path to finding true passion and happiness in life.

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Successful DaughterHow to Father a Successful Daughter

Nicky Ramone’s insightful guide to raising a daughter as a father is ripe with theory, advice and step-by-step techniques to help your daughter reach her full potential and gain self-esteem, confidence and emotional intelligence.

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Letters to a Young PoetLetters to a Young Poet

These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the 20th century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers. Letters to a Young Poet is a classic that should be read by everyone who dreams of expressing themselves creatively. This luminous translation offers inspiration to all people who seek to know and express their inner truth. This edition features a new foreword by Kent Nerburn, author of Small Graces and Letters to My Son.

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The Precious PresentThe Precious Present

Sometimes finding the present is a very difficult thing to do. Being in the moment seems simple, but most of us go about our daily lives thinking ahead or dwelling on the past, with a constant stream of anxieties and angers flowing through our minds. Spencer Johnson’s book offers advice on connecting with the “precious present,” explains why it’s so important, and helps you discover all the benefits being present can bring to your work and personal life. Stephen’s talks on emotional intelligence have much to do with balancing and finding center in the moment. This is a great read for anyone interested in such goals.

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Voluntary SimplicityVoluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich

Before green living became a household phrase, Voluntary Simplicity was published in 1981 and spurred a dialogue about human relation to the environment and sustainable living. This is a revision of Duane Elgin’s important text. Elgin promotes living in balance with Earth’s resources and believes that living in a state of frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth can change the world.

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Working EmoWorking With Emotional Intelligence

This book was the first to re-introduce the idea of emotional intelligence to the scientific community and the general public. Now it serves as the basis for the study and teaching of emotional intelligence; it also serves as the basis for Stephen’s emotional intelligence seminars. The secret of success, according to Goleman, is emotional intelligence, which means the ability to assess and control your own emotional reactions to events. Goleman identifies sets of skills that can be mastered to achieve a state of emotional intelligence, and he outlines the ways it will improve mental stability, life balance, peace and tranquility and productivity.

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