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The Joy Diet: 10 Steps to a Happier Life [Hardcover]

Martha N. Beck
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26 Jun 2003
This book outlines the ten most powerful, life-enhancing behaviours that Martha Beck has found in years of research and practice. Clearly explained, with thought-provoking case studies from her life design practice, together with her trademark wit, The Joy Diet provides straightforward instructions for incorporating these behaviours into everyday life. By encouraging you to add the ten 'ingredients' of stillness, compassion, truth, desire, creativity, risk, play, treats, gratitude and rest to your daily routine, The Joy Diet shows you how to change the course of your life. In turn they will be empowered to find purpose, overcome obstacles, heal wounds and build dreams.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (26 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749924411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749924416
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha Beck is a bestselling author and life coach. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio, including the television show OPRAH, and has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics. She has carried out research at Harvard Business School, and through her company Life Design, Inc. she helps clients develop their careers and their lives.

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'the greatest thing you'll learn from actually practising The Joy Diet is that money, love, success, and, even physical health and fitness are the products of a joyful life, not the cause.' Martha Beck

About the Author

Life coach Martha Beck is the author of the bestsellers Expecting Adam and Finding Your Own North Star. - She is a monthly columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine. - She has appeared on Oprah and other major media. - Through her company Life Design, Inc., she helps clients find life's work that brings them joy and fulfilment. - She has taught career development at the American Graduate School of International Management, performed research at Harvard Business School, and consulted to internationally known corporations. - She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable happiness-buffet 20 Nov 2007
I noticed another review, which gave "The Joy Diet" a single star and noted that no single menu or diet will grant you happiness. And I agree with the notion that happiness-in-a-jar isn't realistic, but I don't see "The Joy Diet" as a quick solution.

Reading "The Joy Diet" I literally smiled and aha'ed a lot. I already know a lot of the issues, that Martha Beck addresses in the 10 menu items. I know that when I am stressed out, it is a good idea to have a time out and do nothing or that laughter is a great pick-me-up. These are just things that I keep forgetting - and therefore sometimes need to be reminded about.

The humorous packaging is hilarious and down to earth, which I really appreciate until most self-help books written by more or less pompous Messiahs.

So rather than happiness-in-a-jar I see "The Joy Diet" as a happiness-buffet with different inspirational menu items to get a step closer to happiness.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing happiness! 25 April 2009
Martha Beck is my new hero! Her writing style is witty and down to earth, and she manages to write truisms in a way that have me both smacking my head and going 'of course!' at the same time as I feel like I'm having a mini epiphany.

In 'The Joy Diet', she makes the point several times that this is going to take time, and you have to give each 'menu item' time to sink in and become second nature before rushing ahead to the next one. Really, if you want to change your life - with this book or any other - that's sage advice: change does not come overnight, and you have to WORK at it!

A lot of what's written here is obvious, and yet so often pushed aside in our busy lives. Laugh more. Remember that it's all a game, of sorts, and what you think is unmovably true can be questioned. Just... do what makes you happy (I know, duh! And yet...). Spend time with people you love, and quietly with yourself. Find your dreams and work hard towards achieving them, however scary that is.

If you're a great big cynic, you'll undoubtedly mock this book's advice as simplistic. Once I would have agreed. Now, though, I realise that books like this are only there to help YOU figure out what's going on in YOUR head, if you're open to a bit of probing. I'm loving the way all of Martha Beck's books have made me stop and think a bit, and realise that a lot of it is all pretty obvious.

Now, excuse me while I go back to figuring out how to do Nothing at all for a bit!
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3.0 out of 5 stars was ok 17 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
was expecting more , not for me this book , o much preferred 4 day win that was excellent and have re read that one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought For A Friend 25 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Apparently this book had been recommended to a friend of mine,
and she had lost hers, so here we are. The book arrived promptly and was well packed.
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