A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

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Nautilus Book Awards Winners for 2007 (category: Self-Help/Psychology/ Personal Growth)

"Like many people, Kathleen Hall found that despite great success and material wealth, she had yet to identify purpose, meaning, and balance in her work and her life. She left her Wall Street firm and devoted herself to understanding the relationships between mind, body, and spirit, and between professional and personal fulfillment. Since then, she has studied with great spiritual leaders including the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the exiled Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. She has also learned from medical experts like Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Dr. Herbert Benson at the Harvard Mind-Body Institute.

Inspired by those diverse influences, Dr. Hall has written A Life in Balance, a guided journey to joy, peace, and an intentional life grounded in the four roots of the SELF:

• Serenity. Find what brings us peace, and channel it into everything we do

• Exercise. Align the body with energy and health through walking, yoga, martial arts, and more

• Love. Build community and relationships that heal others as well as ourselves

• Food. Pay attention not just to what we eat, but to what we experience through all our senses

Our lives pull us in many different directions; to find happiness, we must first create balance. Filled with wit, wisdom, and compassion, A Life in Balance will help any reader identify and stay true to his or her authentic self."

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ForeWord: "The wisdom herein is impossible to mistake."

The wisdom herein is impossible to mistake.
Library Journal
Motivational speaker Hall writes for those who have achieved their goals but are still searching for purpose, meaning, and balance. Her SELF system (Serenity, Exercise, Love, Food)-based on her experiences following the medical advice of experts like Dean Ornish and spiritual teachings of leaders including the Dalai Lama-offers numerous suggestions for discovering energy, knowing power, living intentionally, and understanding the direction of happiness. While Hall shares valid advice, the book reads like a chronicle of her own awakening, which tends to be tedious. Not recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814473344
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 1/20/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

"National stress and work life balance expert Dr. Kathleen Hall is founder of The Stress Institute (www.thestressinstitute.org), C.E.O. of Alter Your Life, author and speaker. Her advice has been featured by national print and broadcast media outlets, in many published books, and at Fortune 500 corporate offices. She traded a finance career on Wall Street at the World TradeCenter to redefine success on her own terms.

Dr. Hall's advice has been featured by all the major national media including NBC's The Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Fortune, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Business Week, Parents, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Woman’s Day, and Parade.

Author of A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness (AMACOM, January 2006) and Alter Your Life: Overbooked? Overworked? Overwhelmed? (Oak Haven, April 2005), she offers simple methods for reducing stress and living a balancedlifeof true happiness.

Dr. Hall earned a Masters of Divinity from EmoryUniversityand a Doctorate in Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary. Her diverse background of study with medical pioneers includingDr. Dean Ornishof the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Dr. Herbert Benson at the Harvard Mind/Body Institute as well as illustrious spiritual teachers including the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter. Dr. Hall has perfected her expertise in these related fields—where science meets the soul.

Dr. Hall lives on a ranch with her family and rescue animals outside of Atlanta, Georgia."

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Table of Contents



Introduction: Why Can’t We Find Happiness?

Part I Coming Home

1 What Is Real Happiness?

2 Weathering the Seasons of the Soul

3 Understanding the Direction of Happiness

4 Finding Your Pulse

Part II Your Roots

5 S.E.L.F.: The Four Roots

6 Serenity: Reclaim Your Source

7 Exercise: Revive Your Rhythm

8 Love: Realize Your Intimacy

9 Food: Replenish Your Self

Part III Celebrate Your New Growth

10 Discover Energy

11 Know Power

12 Live an Intentional Life

13 Achieve Balance

14 Embody H.O.P.E.

Part IV Appendixes

Appendix A: Resources

Appendix B: Dr. Kathleen Hall's Twenty-Five Tips to a Life in Balance



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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2007

    Inspiring...helped me to create a plan for happiness in my life!

    Dr. Kathleen Hall is extremely knowledgable and provides fact basis for why certain things impact ones happiness. I have been able to lift out elements of her S.E.L.F concept and make a plan of action to improve my life. I truly enjoyed this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Well-reasoned approach to work-life balance

    Author Kathleen A. Hall explains how to develop strength, mental and physical flexibility, focus and happiness by nourishing what she calls the 'roots of self.' She offers a well-reasoned, well-researched approach to creating a harmonious work-life balance. Drawing from a broad range of disciplines, she makes the findings of mind-body medicine easy to understand, and shows that small, incremental changes easily within your grasp may add up to significant life changes. Though her style can be a tad repetitive, we recommend this book to stressed-out, overwhelmed workers and managers as a reliable, one-volume compendium of diverse health and happiness advice.

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