The Meaning of Nice: How Compassion and Civility Can Change Your Life (and The World)

The Meaning of Nice: How Compassion and Civility Can Change Your Life (and The World)

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by Joan Duncan Oliver
     
 

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Discover the hidden power of nice.

The Meaning of Nice is a multi-faceted exploration of a simple word and how it has developed over time and among various disciplines. With emphasis on philosophy, positive psychology and interpersonal relationships, Joan Duncan Oliver probes theories and practices to explain why and how nice girls can get the

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Discover the hidden power of nice.

The Meaning of Nice is a multi-faceted exploration of a simple word and how it has developed over time and among various disciplines. With emphasis on philosophy, positive psychology and interpersonal relationships, Joan Duncan Oliver probes theories and practices to explain why and how nice girls can get the corner office and nice guys can finish first. We tend to associate "nice" people with kindness and good manners - it's an indistinct, generic kind of praise. Joan Duncan Oliver restores the power of nice, and shows how this complex quality can change your life, and has never been more crucial to our well-being as individuals and as a society.

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In the February 2010 issue of Harper's Bazaar, actress Rita Wilson was quoted as saying, "Nice is the new black." According to Oliver (former founding editor, People magazine; Coffee with the Buddha), having good intentions, a pleasing personality, and a caring heart will benefit both the individual and society in the long run. She goes into the historical philosophy and psychology of niceness and its association with kindness and etiquette. She also helps readers show kindness and consideration without going overboard. VERDICT Not just providing self-help instruction, Oliver presents a dissertation on the concept of nice. In today's rude world, nice is, well, nice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101554104
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
346 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Joan Duncan Oliver has been an editor for The New York Times Magazine and editor-in-chief of New Age Journal. She was a founding editor of People, Us, and Self magazines, and has also written for O: The Oprah Magazine, Health, and other publications. Currently she is editor-at-large for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Her previous books include Coffee with the Buddha and Happiness.

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The Meaning of Nice: How Compassion and Civility Can Change Your Life (and The World) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At least this one doesn't have sex, cause there is this book called The bad girls sweet kiss and if you judge it by the title...