Life... The Reader's Digest Version

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Life... is what you make it

Getting the most out of life can be so much easier if you know the coordinates. Whether you want to take the scenic route, make a quick detour, or find the simplest shortcut, there can be no substitute for a good roadmap. Part instruction manual, part GPS, part beloved confidante, Life...The Reader's Digest Version brims with smart ideas to help you navigate those tricky roads you travel each day. Covering key topics, this handy little guide includes ...

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Life... is what you make it

Getting the most out of life can be so much easier if you know the coordinates. Whether you want to take the scenic route, make a quick detour, or find the simplest shortcut, there can be no substitute for a good roadmap. Part instruction manual, part GPS, part beloved confidante, Life...The Reader's Digest Version brims with smart ideas to help you navigate those tricky roads you travel each day. Covering key topics, this handy little guide includes advice that spans from surprising tips for dealing with a crisis to surefire suggestions for remembering names. Inside, you'll discover how to:

  • Talk your way out of a traffic ticket
  • Score the best seats
  • Make a great first impression
  • Tie a necktie in 7 easy steps
  • Be the life of the party
...and there's more. Each of the short-but-sweet topics delivers a shot of instant advice, distilled as only Reader's Digest can-a little life lesson that really works.
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The motto of Reader's Digest is "life well shared." That slogan gains new meaning with this compilation of self-improvement advice from this archetypal American magazine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594428992
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Northrop is the VP, Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest. Peggy Northrop became Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest in November 2007. Under her leadership in 2009, the reinvented and redesigned Reader's Digest won an American Society of Magazine Editor's "Ellie" award for General Excellence the industry's highest honor and the first win in the magazine's history. In June 2009, Northrop was named Global Editor-in- Chief, with editorial responsibility for 50 international Reader's Digest editions published in 22 languages.

Prior to joining RDA, Northrop was Editor-in-Chief of More magazine. Under her tenure, the magazine grew to over 1 million circulation and added revenue-generating reader events, including "Escape with More" and the "Reinvention Convention." More was named AdAge's 2006 Magazine of the Year and was recognized with an ASME General Excellence nomination.

Northrop began her career in newspapers, and went on to serve in senior editorial positions at Health, Vogue, Glamour, Redbook (Executive Editor), Real Simple (Deputy Editor), and Organic Style (Editor-in-Chief). For much of her career, she specialized in health reporting for women; her work was recognized with numerous industry awards.

Northrop has been a regular contributor to The Today Show, The CBS Early Show and PBS's To The Contrary and was executive producer of More magazine's Gracie award-winning radio show, MoreTime. She is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Magazine Editors and serves as a board member of her family's business, The Observer Publishing Company, in Washington, PA. Active with the international humanitarian organization CARE, she earned a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and daughter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Be Better 10

Think big 12

Make a tough decision 15

Get out of a rut 17

Be a good neighbor 20

Be happy 22

Right a wrong 26

Learn something new 28

Count your blessings 30

Read someone's body language 32

Be more satisfied at work 34

Make a good first impression 37

Lose yourself 40

Look 10 years younger 42

Write a letter 46

Be the perfect party guest 48

Forgive 52

Remember names 54

Worry less 57

Embrace change 58

Get your 15 minutes of fame 60

Get more done 62

Go green (really) 65

Be a good parent 68

Appear more intelligent 70

Be comfortable alone 72

Recover from a gaffe 74

Cope with a crisis 76

Console someone 77

Find yourself 79

Make friends 82

Have difficult conversations 84

Meditate 86

Do better 88

Score great seats 90

Say no 92

Let go of stuff 93

Talk your way out of a ticket 97

Fly a kite 99

Entertain a child 101

Beat the house 104

Bargain down anything 106

Get through to a real live person at Acme, Inc. 109

Win an argument 111

Have a great time at a party 113

Look your best in every photo 116

Spot trends 118

Avoid jet lag 122

Write a limerick 124

Make a great Halloween costume 126

Talk with your doctor 128

Eat with chopsticks 131

Find a mentor 132

Set a table 135

Garden with less fuss 138

Teach a child to ride a bike 141

Tell a great bedtime story 144

Mix a perfect martini 146

Complain effectively 148

Tie a necktie 150

Give a toast 154

Cure the hiccups 156

Do math in your head 158

Iron a shirt 162

Master the art of self-defense 164

Get a good night's sleep 166

Leave a legacy 169

Run a meeting 171

Acknowledgments 175

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Life can be tricky you might need this manual to maneuver it.

    I requested this Amazon Vine book because I am not about helping myself so that I can grow and expand myself personally. You cannot fix yourself in a day or with a few well scripted words but you can take some quick advice and turn it into something useful for yourself. If you keep moving forward the past will haunt you less that is for sure.

    There were numerous sections that did not have any relationship to my life at all because I do not think you should talk your way out of a ticket, you were violating the law own up to it. Others did bring home my ideas and gave me a few new ones. I believe in counting your blessings and the everyday "Little Victories" you should celebrate and I probably need to re-read the section on being satisfied at work.

    But the one chapter on forgiveness was right on target for everyone. You have to forgive yourself before you can forgive others and yes all this being bottled up inside you is not doing you any good. Let it go and let life take you where it may.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011


    Somebody's a little over protective of thier life. I just want to know if thisbis good or not.

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