Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live: 7 Essential Ingredients for Finding Balance and Serenity [NOOK Book]

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Is it possible to be happy all the time? For most of us, happiness comes and goes. Life may bring pleasure one day and pain the next. But what if you could love your life no matter what the circumstances? It’s possible—and Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live shows you how.
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Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live: 7 Essential Ingredients for Finding Balance and Serenity

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Overview


Is it possible to be happy all the time? For most of us, happiness comes and goes. Life may bring pleasure one day and pain the next. But what if you could love your life no matter what the circumstances? It’s possible—and Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live shows you how.
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'Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live is one of those rare books that you want to keep on your desk or bedside table. It's a practical book that shows how you can bring more of your true self to every situation you encounter and become more fearless, more accepting, more balanced, more whole. I wouldn't be without it!'

--Catherine Oxenberg, award-winning actress, producer, European princess, and mother of five

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453275283
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 181,250
  • File size: 649 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. 

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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Essential Ingredient #1
FINDING THE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG

The universe is holding its breath . . .
Waiting for you to take your place.
- Jean Houston

Life Lesson #1: Trust Your Vision

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
-- Henry David Thoreau

A vision is something that has been seen. It may be a fantasy you had at a young age that you never let go, or a passion that emerged in a time of crisis. It might be born when you find yourself at a crossroads, no longer willing to do things the same old way. It may arise out of need, as an answer to a problem, or a deep soul desire felt within. And it may seem impractical—even impossible.

But remember what the Queen said when Alice in Wonderland noted that one can't believe in impossible things: 'I dare say you haven't had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'

It seems to be a quirk of nature that visions can take on a life of their own and find the support they need to come to fruition, once you're clear. If you just trust your vision, the means of fulfilling it seem to gather round in support.

A great example is internationally known hair stylist and product developer Jon English. Jon's impossible vision came in his early teens, as he was growing up in a rough area of London. His family was so poor that his father always cut his hair for him. Until the day, that is, when at thirteen, Jon puthis foot down and ran away from his father as he tried to catch him. His dad finally gave up, tossed him some money, and told him to go to the village for a haircut.

Jon did, and his first 'professional' cut at the barber shop changed him forever. As he walked home, he couldn't stop looking at himself in the glass of the shop windows, unable to believe it was really him. He was acutely aware of how his new look made him feel. And in an instant, a vision of giving that feeling to others arose in him. He got a job at a local beauty salon sweeping up hair after clients' cuts, and the rest, as they say, is history.

My vision began to emerge the day I finally admitted that, while I had once loved my job leading business-writing seminars, standing in front of corporate managers from 8:00 to 5:00 had gotten old. So I sat down one day and asked myself what I really wanted to do with my life. The answer came quickly and easily: I wanted to speak—not about how to write a better business letter, but about how to live a better life. I wrote down my vision.
Shortly after that, my dear friend and colleague Marci Shimoff saw the flyer I had created for my new speaking business and asked to join me. It felt like a wonderful match, and our partnership was born. The first thing we did was to write down our vision: 'To help women understand and experience their inner power and self-worth, so they can create and live their own vision.'

We approached Jack Canfield about our vision and asked if we could create a Chicken Soup for the Soul book for women. Jack said yes; we continued to get clearer and clearer about our vision. We wanted to touch the hearts of women around the world! Sixteen months later, Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul became a reality. Within two months, it hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list; a million copies had been sold.

When vision comes from the heart and is coupled with the willingness to work, miracles can happen. Marci and I worked extremely hard on that first book. The learning curve was steep and we had to put the book together while still building our speaking business and teaching in the corporate world to earn an income. Even finding days when we were both in town at the same time was challenging. But we knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime. And our visions proved to be important stepping stones along the path of our destiny.
-- Jennifer Read Hawthorne

©2007. Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live: 7 Essential Ingredients for Finding Balance and Serenity. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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