Minding Our Moods [NOOK Book]


Bring happiness to your life by reading interesting real life stories about people that may be just like you. In each story you discover how people's thinking influenced their feelings and actions. Story topics range from friendships, fear, jealousy, bullying, and perfectionism to forgiveness.

The stories may be read in any order. You don’t have to read them all at once. As you read a story ask yourself what would you think in that situation?...
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Minding Our Moods

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Bring happiness to your life by reading interesting real life stories about people that may be just like you. In each story you discover how people's thinking influenced their feelings and actions. Story topics range from friendships, fear, jealousy, bullying, and perfectionism to forgiveness.

The stories may be read in any order. You don’t have to read them all at once. As you read a story ask yourself what would you think in that situation? You discover how minding how you think can produce positive feelings and decrease the intensity of negative feelings. While you may never face that situation, you will learn a valuable lesson for living your life.

After each story the section “WHAT IS YOUR STORY?”provides questions that guide you toward a deeper understanding of how your thoughts impact your feelings. By answering the questions you practice minding your moods.

The final section, “WHAT WILL YOU WALK AWAY WITH?” encourages you to think about how to use what you learned from the story for yourself or a friend. You will get the most out of each story by exploring it with friends or relatives. With every story you become more skilled in minding your thoughts to mind your moods.

No matter how difficult the situation you may face, there is always something that you can learn from it. Spend some time thinking about your situation, and helpful thoughts and moods will come to you!

As you learn to mind how you think you will become very powerful. You learn that YOU are in control of your feelings! You are minding your moods! When you are in control of your feelings you make better decisions about what you do.

•Increase your awareness of your moods
•Share the stories with your friends or relatives
•Improve your power to mind your moods
•Write your life story for yourself and others
•Learn to take control of your feelings and make better decisions

Thoughts are like the air you breathe. They never stop coming in and going out of your mind. As you face situations, how you choose to think will make you either part of the solution or part of the problem in terms of how you feel and what you do.
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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Glueck
Robert and Sherry have written an excellent book that will help many people cultivate greater happiness in their lives. The sections are presented in an engaging way, through stories that illustrate each lesson. Followup questions and activities will assist teachers in guiding their students after reading each section. The wisdom these two have gleaned from years of helping others is evident in these pages. Highly recommended.
Jack Westman M.D.
This interactive book is unique. It draws you into the lives of others and invites you to use their experiences to enrich your own. Most of all, it helps you discover that the ability to master life's challenges lies within you. I can see it as a tool for stimulating powerful discussions in groups and book clubs.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014514125
  • Publisher: Cypress Trail Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 252 KB

Meet the Author

Robert F. Chapman, Ph.D., is a redirected clinical psychologist. He worked with adolescents, parents, and families doing therapy and assessment. His interest in adapting the cognitive behavior therapies to children and adolescents led him to write Thought Power: Think Better, Feel Better, Act Better. He taught Thought Power in different schools.

Dr. Chapman served as a Clinical Supervisor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison psychology graduate students. He published research in the field of alcoholism and chemical dependency and forgiveness. He holds a doctorate in psychology from Arizona State University. Dr. Chapman is especially interested in mental health becoming part of all school programs. He lectures and gives workshops on teaching mental health.

Sharon Wachholz is a creative writer, artist, and photographer. After graduating from St. Norbert College, DePere, WI she worked in Wisconsin State Government serving on the Governor’s and Legislative staff. These experiences crafted her problem solving and communication expertise. Sherry enjoys mountain hiking, kayaking and observing nature. She lives with Robert, her husband, and Big Boy their cat. Societal change through individual involvement has been her lifelong commitment.
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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Great Lesson for Adolescents and Teenagers

    Parents would agree that one of the most difficult lessons to teach a child is that they have the power to control their own thinking and, in turn, their moods. This lesson is difficult to impart because our collective culture implies in many different ways that all we can do about how we feel is ride it out, control ourselves, or vent the discomfort to those around us. Of course this is true in extreme cases, by as Robert Chapman and Sharon Wachholz illustrate so beautifully, much of the time, there is indeed a great deal even the youngest of us can do about our moods.

    Calling on Dr. Chapman’s, extensive background in clinical psychology and experience with adolescents, this book imparts its message through the use of the stories of adolescents and teenagers that ring true and, as such, are readily understood and internalized. Each story provides an example of when a person was able to turn their emotions around by altering how they think about the situation in which they find themselves.

    One reason the book resonates so well in today’s world is that the incidents and lessons are experienced by children of a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. This attention to demographics makes this volume valuable to a wide-variety of communities, families, and schools.

    I would highly recommend it to parents and teenagers alike. There are important lessons to be learned in its pages – lessons about the power we all have to change our thoughts and mind our moods.

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