The Real Secret: what to do when the universe hasn't delivered Paperback – 14 Dec 2010
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From the Author
Did you know that happy people are more succesful, have better relationships, make more money and get more out of life? If you feel you could be happier and get more out of life but don't know how, THE REAL SECRET is what you've been waiting for.
We don't believe you can achieve happiness, or anything else, by simply wishing for, thinking about or visualising it. If you've tried that and found that the universe hasn't delivered everything you ever wanted, we're here to help.
From the Back Cover
What to do when the universe hasn't delivered... everything you ever wanted.
Simple, Sensible, Scientifically Supported Self Help
by Lucy McCarraher & Annabel Shaw
You can't get rich and happy just by sending out positive vibes, but you can:
Learn Happiness Habits from Positive Psychology
Tame your Fear with Cutting Edge Neuroscience
Control your Time and Money like an Entrepreneur
Build Better Relationships through one Tested Technique
Top Customer Reviews
Worth getting if you're new to self-help books or are just plain sick of the fantasy world writings of other pie-in-the-sky authors.
I found it easy to read and understand, with the reasons for each of the habits fully explained. A lot of self help books are either too sciency or too simplistic, or just give you far too much to do. I also liked the fact that the authors are realistic about how long it really takes to change habits and transform your life.
They don't promise to change your life in seven days, but more realistically suggest that it can take a year to make real and lasting changes.
Author of Create A Successful Website
This book has shown me how, by paying closer attention to all of the little things, we can change ourselves into people who resemble successful people, and thus become far more likely to succeed. Like successful people, we too can take control of our lives.
It is generally accepted that the Myers-Briggs judger/perceiver scale shows two types of personality: a judger is organised and may be destined to reach the top of the tree in people management, whereas a perceiver is highly creative, highly disorganised, and always late, but is more likely to come up with a multi million dollar (pound?) idea. If you are reading this review, you are fairly likey to be a disorganised, messy, consistently late person, i.e. perceiver, and this book might well give you that proverbial kick up the a*** you need to get you to take action. This puts you ahead of the game because most perceivers never get around to doing anything. Alternatively, if there is a judger in you waiting to be released, this book will liberate it and enable you to succeed.
Above all, this book delivers. Leave all the Rhonda Byrne stuff to the people who believe in little people with wings at the bottom of the garden, lets get real and succeed. Grounded in reality, this book will be the most useful book you ever buy.
However the authors of The Real Secret still suffer from some daft and dangerous beliefs. Happiness is not a choice! If a gang of skinheads gave me a kicking, I would not chose to be unhappy. That WOULD make me unhappy. Equally, comming into money through good fortune, a nice view, a trip to the countryside, praise and appreciation all make me happy.
Stewie and his dog from "Family Guy" did a great scetch on YouTube about their book, "Wish it, Want it, Do it". If you read these type of books, I strongly suggest you watch this scetch!
Exercise promotes happiness through chemical signals. Equally, exposure to violence releases toxic chemicals into the body. So, adopting a healthy life style - if you can afford it - may promote happiness, but I suspect these types of beliefs work better if you have a qualification that is in demand, a large trust fund, enjoy good health and live in a stable democracy where discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender or sexuality are illegal.
What really appealed to me is the lack of `mumbo-jumbo' and the responsibility for change being put on the reader, rather than being sucked into a blame culture for when things aren't working out in your life. I like the step by step approach to taking greater control of your life and personal happiness. It means that The Real Secret is accessible to anyone and can be worked on at various levels. The sections about creating practical positive habits particularly appealed to me as a way forward both personally and when working with others as a teacher.
After having worked in education for many years, as a tutor to young people, my only criticism of this very timely book is that it needs to be made available to teachers and tutors in order to build emotional resilience and behaviour for learning. Is there an e-book or an interactive version in the pipeline, I wonder?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not yet had the opportunity to read this book. As you may be aware, I buy many books from Amazon and so I sometimes take a little time to get round to reading the most... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2012 by Mrs. B. Wood
Think I have deleted this review whilst trying to edit a post from another poster~ anyway..very quickly.. Read morePublished on 2 April 2012 by Hayley .S
I agree with a lot of what is said, like you're not going to get things just by wishing for them (paraphrase). The book is ultimately a downer though. It's the anti-Secret. Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
Up front, no messing about... an easily read and digested
book telling you exactly what to do when the universe
hasn't delivered! Read more
Well unlike some of the other reviewers I do rather like self-help books as long as you're able to pick out the useful gems and take other things with a pinch of salt. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2011 by Catherine Sweeney
This is an excellent self-help book that debunks all that New Age nonsense they call "The Law of Attraction". Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2011 by Bryan McCormack