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Seven: The Number for Happiness, Love, and Success
     

Seven: The Number for Happiness, Love, and Success

by Jacqueline Leo
 

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In Seven, Jacqueline Leo explains the many valuable ways the number 7 can be a tool to define time, synthesize ideas, and keep one's mind and memory performing at top speed.
Leo explores the powerful utility of 7 throughout cultures and the ages. Why are there 7 wonders of the world, 7 seas, 7 ages of man, 7 levels of hell, 7 primary colors, 7 whole

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In Seven, Jacqueline Leo explains the many valuable ways the number 7 can be a tool to define time, synthesize ideas, and keep one's mind and memory performing at top speed.
Leo explores the powerful utility of 7 throughout cultures and the ages. Why are there 7 wonders of the world, 7 seas, 7 ages of man, 7 levels of hell, 7 primary colors, 7 whole notes of the musical scale, and 7 days of the week? And why, when asked to choose a number between 1 and 10, do most people choose 7? Leo and Burger celebrate the special qualities of the number seven by delving into its mathematical, scientific, psychological, and religious significance. Most importantly, they show readers how they can use 7 to simplify their lives to enhance their happiness, sustain their love, and win at life.
Full of Top 7 lists of advice and personal stories from experts and notables, Seven is guaranteed to provoke, enlighten and amuse.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A better, more enriching life is as easy as 1, 2, 3... 4, 5, 6, 7, according to Leo's first foray into authorhood after a long career as editor-in-chief and editorial director of such publications as Child magazine and Reader's Digest. Leo presents a laundry list of arguments, expert opinions and historical factoids for her theory that the number seven is an organizing principle because, as research shows, the brain can only handle seven pieces of information (such as digits) at one time. Seven, she says, can improve productivity, memory, love, learning and life in general by simplifying the overwhelming modern world. She lists seven behaviors for emotional intelligence, education expert Howard Gardner's seven types of intelligence, the seven things that made her friend Ed happy and so on, ad nauseam. Leo's background in short-feature editorial is tightly woven into her narrative structure, and the invasion of mindless tidbits, graphics and number seven sidebars busy up the pages, creating the kind of overstimulation it vows to cure. Advice seekers ought to consider the classic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for a recipe for success. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441711977
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/07/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
7
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Media guru JACQUELINE LEO has held a number of high-level positions in publishing and television. She founded and launched Child magazine in 1986, and went on to be editor in chief of Family Circle magazine and editorial director of the New York Times Women's Magazine Group, where she launched Fitness magazine. She was senior producer and editorial director of Good Morning America, editorial director for Consumer Reports, and vice president and editor in chief of Reader's Digest. She is currently director of digital operations for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. She lives in New York City.

SEVEN CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Just ask ...
— Mehmet Oz: "I decided to be a heart surgeon at age seven."
— Christina Ricci: "Every seven years, everything changes: your physical being, your emotional being, the way other people look at you. Everything."
— Sally Quinn: "I have always had a thing about birthdays with a seven in my age: seven and seventeen and twenty-seven, thirty-seven, etc. I can't wait to be seventy-seven."
— Liz Smith: "Like Sophie Tucker, I've been rich and I've been poor and believe me, rich is better. It is, as long as you know the difference. And the difference for me was seven years."
— Jeff Greenfield: "I always thought Mantle would forever be the most memorable 'seven' of my baseball fandom-alas, that was not to be the case."
— Danny Meyer: "When I opened my second restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, I knew we'd make it. Why? Because we were given the following phone number: GR 7-0777."
— Jacqueline Novogratz: "Seven was the organizing principle for our wedding, a reference to the wisdom of many religions, our way of bowing to those who came before us."

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