The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health


Food and health fads come and go, but some truths remain constant: Health and fulfillment are multi-faceted jewels - a combination of what we eat (and don't), how (and how often) we move our bodies, and how we choose to look at what life hands us. In her book, natural health pioneer Susan Smith Jones focuses on practices to help liberate your joy - practices you will love to do that will keep you looking and feeling healthy, vibrant, and youthful.

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Food and health fads come and go, but some truths remain constant: Health and fulfillment are multi-faceted jewels - a combination of what we eat (and don't), how (and how often) we move our bodies, and how we choose to look at what life hands us. In her book, natural health pioneer Susan Smith Jones focuses on practices to help liberate your joy - practices you will love to do that will keep you looking and feeling healthy, vibrant, and youthful.

Through the pages of this book, Susan will become your personal life coach. She will help you get unstuck from the "spin-cycle" lifestyle, shed some pounds, glow with health, and learn how to celebrate yourself and live your life with gusto.

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Publishers Weekly
An award-winning writer and advice columnist, Jones changed her life after a car accident fractured her back and doctors predicted she would never again be physically active. Today she lives in Los Angeles and takes advantage of many outdoor and indoor pleasures, including hiking, biking, riding horses, and participating yoga. Her recovery is largely based on the mental and psychological transformations she underwent. She centers her philosophies for health and wellness around 10 practices, from "Celebrate the Child in You" to "Seek Opportunities for Service and Stillness." Jones also includes self-discovery questions and action choices, grouped around specific themes, and a list of 100 affirmations divided into four categories: Health, Prosperity, Spirituality, and Self-Esteem/Lifestyle. Taken together it's a potent mix of self-help and spiritual teachings designed to enhance self-awareness and wellness from the inside out. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573244787
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,484,830
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Smith Jones, M.S., Ph.D., has written hundreds of magazine articles, numerous audio programs, and 17 books, including Health Bliss, Be Healthy~Stay Balanced, and Choose to Live Peacefully. Susan is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows and speaks often at Unity churches throughout the country. She lives in Los Angeles. Author website: www.SusanSmithJones.

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From the Foreword: "As you read through the pages of this powerful book, remind yourself that you are indeed divine enough to be answered. Think of a puzzle with one piece missing and realize that the entire picture is incomplete without that one piece. Then see yourself as one piece in this entire picture called humanity and that the whole thing is incomplete without you. That is how important you are. Your completeness makes us all whole, and Susan's outstanding book will help you not only to grasp this notion but also to take action, beginning now, to correct any limits you may have placed on yourself." —Wayne W. Dyer, author of Excuses Begone! and Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

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Table of Contents

Foreword Wayne W. Dyer xiii

Preface xvii

Introduction xxv

Chapter 1 Set the Bar High

I Choose to Live my Best Life 1

If It's to Be, It's Up to Me

Your Reality Reflects Your Thoughts and Intentions

Success Is an Inside Job

The Role of the Body in Self-Mastery

Love Is the Main Ingredient

Divinity Is Another Main Ingredient

Mary June's Transformation

The Power of Commitment

Turn Adversity to Advantage

Personal Commitment Statement

Make a Difference

Chapter 2 Act with Kindness

I Choose to Spread Happiness Wherever I Go 27

The Religion of Kindness

Let Your Heart-Light Shine

Reach Out and Touch Someone

The Health Benefits of Small Pleasures

The Health Benefits of Love and Kindness

Showing Kindness Day to Day

Chapter 3 Celebrate the Child in You

I Choose to Approach Life as a Playful Adventure 45

Childlike versus Childish

Let the Child in You Come Out to Play

Be All That You Can Be

Give Fantasy Its Wings and Fly

Living in the Present

Don't Be Afraid to Make Mistakes or Fail

Accept the World as it Is

Laugh and Be a Little Silly

Chapter 4 Resonate to the Music

I Choose the Richest Medicine for Body, Mind, and Spirit 69

Brainwaves and Relaxation

Music to the Rescue

The Impact of Music on Cells and Relaxation

The Healing or Harmful Effect of Music

Choose Music Wisely


Chapter 5 Exercise-Fast and Slow, Alone and Together

I Choose to Move! 85

Staying Motivated to Exercise

Make It Social

Marathon Mystery

Slow Down with Yoga

Prayer Walking and Hiking

Chapter 6 Deepen Your Relationship with Yourself

I Choose Time for Reflection 103

Health Benefits of Meditation

Managing Cancer with Meditation

Meditation and the Breath

Mindfulness Meditation Where to Meditate

How to Begin

Nature Meditation

White Light Meditation

Spiritual Blessings from Meditation

The Divine Surrender

Chapter 7 Nourish Yourself with Living Foods

I Choose to Support My Own Radiant Health 123

Living Foods

The Bioelectricity of Live Food

Kirlian Photography

The Biophysics of Living Foods

In Support of Live Food

How Living Foods Boost Immunity

Enzyme Power

Danielle's Story

Living Foods That Cleanse, Heal, and Rejuvenate

Eating for Body and Soul

The Nuts and Etceteras of Healthy Eating

Six of My Favorite Companies and Healthy Living Products

Chapter 8 Experience Ecstasy

I Choose to Turn My Dreams into Reality 163

Putting Our Thoughts to Work

Take Charge of Your Mind and Life

How to Break the Vicious Cycle of Negative Thinking

What You Think About, You Bring About

Positive Actions bring Positive Results


What You Give Away, You Get Back Multiplied

Choose Your Thoughts and Words Wisely

Take a Word Inventory

Patient Persistence in the Good

Chapter 9 Seek Opportunities for Service and Stillness

I Choose a Life of True Quality 185




Carving Out Time for Silence and Solitude

Simplify, Simplify!

To Find Happiness, Serve

Chapter 10 Savor Balance in All Things

I Choose the Surest Path to Joy 199

Appendix A Workbook Self-Discovery Questions and Action Choices 220

Appendix B Affirmations for Sacred, Balanced Living 227

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