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Life Is Short - Wear Your Party Pants: The 9 Essential Traits You Need To Live An Amazing Life: 10 Simple Truths to an Amazing Life [Paperback]

Loretta LaRoche , Ashley Brown
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Book Description

2 Jan 2004
This book will not only help you reduce your stress levels but will also bring passion and fun into your life. Internationally renowned stress coach and consultant Loretta LaRoche's techniques are a brilliant blend of good old-fashioned common sense and the most contemporary research into brain chemistry, psychology and mind-body studies. Filled with easy-to-follow exercises this book gives readers dozens of proven techniques for developing the most important character traits needed to live an intense, happy, successful life: Life is Short will help you shift your focus away from the self-destructive towards the truly important things in life. It will help you learn not to take yourself too seriously and to enjoy your life, each and every day. During her work as stress coach Loretta has seen thousands of people live their lives as if they are in a waiting room, hoping that their turn will come up next. This book teaches you how to grab life by the horns, right now. It's the perfect book for anyone who is still waiting for that special occasion before they will wear their favourite shoes, use their best wine glasses or allow themselves a bite of their favourite pudding. Remember that every day you are alive is a special occasion!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (2 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401901492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401901493
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loretta Laroche is an internationally known stress coach and consultant. She is based in the States where she lectures regularly on stress. Website:

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best self help book I have ever read.... 21 Jan 2005
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...and I have read many. Most self help books are full of American style psycho babble clap trap, but this one is truly different. The author is American, but despite this the book is full of genuinely inspiration comment on life and how to deal with it. Some people may say a lot of it is common sense, but if this is the case then common sense is not that common! It may seem simple but it really made me think. Superb book. Buy it and extra copies for all your friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 Jan 2007
This is a great little book. Full of really great uplifting ideas and thoughts. You can look at it again and again. I have bought several copies and given them to friends and my copy is full of highlighter for great points and comments.

Really cheap for the great content inside - excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 19 Feb 2011
By ZC1908
A delightful, funny, relaxed, empathetic book that really helps with stress management. Excercises help you to focus and apply the ideas to yourself. Great for getting some perspective and enjoying it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Sep 2013
By Angel24
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I have really enjoyed reading this book , laughed out loud , quite a lot , well done . Sonya Hudson
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really needed this book 30 April 2003
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Several months of being WAY stressed out and I decided to take a little stoll in the self help section to come across this book. I read it in only a few days (put it down/picked it up). It made me laugh out loud a few times. I'm now searching for more things from this author (I never knew she was out there). Several other women in my life are in bad relationships...this book made me think...what the heck are you doing in an unhappy situation? Life IS short. Why do we waste our time stressing ourselves out instead of enjoying life? And the mention of getting angry over being caught in traffic, etc...that was me. She makes you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the little things around you that you never notice because you are in too big of a rush.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate Your Life 16 Jun 2004
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on
"What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life is Short" is a book about making the choice to live an extraordinary life. It is about showing appreciation, giving more hugs and being more forgiving. Loretta explores a variety of beliefs and shows how stress is a signal to change your life. She brings out some interesting points about conversation being a deep and personal form of bonding and gives practical ways you can reconnect to family and friends.

Throughout the book Loretta shares her life, explains the concept of having a higher life purpose and promotes the idea of living in the present.

The cover and inner design is highly creative. I loved the little party pants on each page and the abundance of inspiring quotes by Mother Teresa, Ashley Montagu, Arthur Rubinstein and many others.

Each chapter has a creative title and a meaningful affirmation. Chapter 10 is entitled: "Join the Party! ("An amazing life requires connection."). Loretta discusses the concepts of stress, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning and connection.

Unique Topics Include:

Keeping a Joy Journal
Boost Your Word Power; Boost Your Mood
Eight Reasons We Can't Lighten Up
Ten Simple Ways to Connect Today

The list of "How we create a pessimistic life" was also humorously entitled "Ten Ways to Struggle and Live on the Dark Side." Loretta LaRoche has written this book to help you step into the light of love, laughter and living. Through her writing she shows how we waste so many hours on the dark side and gives practical ways we can step towards the light.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the funny bone... 19 Feb 2004
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This is the first self-help book that I have read from cover to cover. Miss Loretta delivers sound commonsense advice and she is funny with it. She is not preaching she is just directing and advising...which is the best way to get my attention. Having read the book and talked about it, a friend told me about the CD...well I have not laughed so much in a long, long time (especially by myself). The audio version of her book will have you in contains live performances from her various show and it's funny as hell. I listen to it in the office when people are getting on my nerves, in traffic when the radio is boring...each time I find something new to think about, and the message stays with me.
Life IS short, we know this but we don't pay attention...until it's to late. Put on YOUR panty pants and give this book or CD a won't be disappointed.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will make you laugh, but also think! 27 Sep 2005
By Blaine Greenfield - Published on
I've liked seeing Loretta LaRoche on various PBS specials, but until

now, had never read anything by her . . . what a shame!

LIFE IS SHORT, WEAR YOUR PARTY PANTS made me laugh, but it also got me to think about the fact that things such

as party pants shouldn't be saved for later--they should be enjoyed now.

LaRoche, a stress management consultant, presents such ideas

in a humorous, easy-to-apply fashion . . . such as this one:

keep a joy journal . . . she notes that, "Keeping a joy journal

will help you maintain a feeling of elation, the sense that you're

searing with the eagles instead of scratching in the dirt with the


As to what to put down in such a journal, she suggests that

you try some of these ideas to move you in the right direction:

1. Think of people who have really made a positive difference

in your life.

2. List three of four things that you do well.

3. Write down at least five things that you like about yourself.

4. Think of a time in which you had so much love in your heart

that you thought it would burst.

5. Think of some of the favorite physical activities you enjoyed as a child

(swimming, jumping rope, roller skating?). List them, and think about ways

you might do them again.

6. Think of five qualities you adore in your partner or spouse.

Write them down, and tell him or her about them.

7. Think back to a time when you felt supported while going

through a challenge. How did this feel, in detail?

8. Remember three time when you felt inner peace and serenity.

Can you capture that feeling? Where were you? Why were

you feeling so good?

9. Think of someone you might forgive, and how doing so might

change your life.

10. Whom do you laugh with the most? Remember a time when

you laughed so hard you thought you'd fall over.

And laugh is what you'll do when you think of this one other

technique advocated by LaRoche . . . she says, "Don't

indulge yourself, but don't deny yourself either. It's unhealthy to

eat mounds of lasagna every day, but it's just as unhealthy

to want it and never allow yourself the pleasure of having some.

One of my favorite lines is 'Just have lasagna and shut up!' "

Thanks, Loretta . . . methinks I'll do that now; i.e., stop

writing this review now and start eating some ice cream

instead . . . I'll even be quiet when I do so.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loretta will always make you laugh at and with yourself 31 Jan 2005
By Bonnie Neely - Published on
Life is Short: Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta LaRoche is as delightfully funny as she herself is in her speaking engagements all over the country. Loretta learned early in her painful childhood to be the clown in the family to boost the spirits of the rest of the family members. Learning to deal with her own problems in a healthy way through laughter, she became an expert in helping others with her Ten Simple Thruths That Lead To An Amazing Life. These truths include resilience, living in the moment, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning, and connection. In each chapter she gives fun and resourceful ways to learn how to handle life using these great tools, with laughter being the key ingredient that helps relieve stress. You'll laugh at her and with her and at yourself as you read and practice her simple truths. And life WILL grow less stressful and lots more fun as you learn from her that when you turn your patter of being "stressed" around you get wonderful "desserts!"
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