You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life

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With her 25th book, lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard offers simple steps for taking charge of your life—your way. In brief essays filled with useful examples and optimism, she reveals 50 choices you can make to live joyfully in pursuit of what is true, good, and beautiful. Her essays help us trust ourselves ("Intuition is your guiding light"), stay steady in a storm ("Your choices count most in a crisis"), embrace the new ("Accept opportunity"), address unfinished business ("Have as few regrets as ...

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Overview

With her 25th book, lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard offers simple steps for taking charge of your life—your way. In brief essays filled with useful examples and optimism, she reveals 50 choices you can make to live joyfully in pursuit of what is true, good, and beautiful. Her essays help us trust ourselves ("Intuition is your guiding light"), stay steady in a storm ("Your choices count most in a crisis"), embrace the new ("Accept opportunity"), address unfinished business ("Have as few regrets as possible"), surround ourselves with delights ("Redefine what is beautiful"), and remember to have fun ("Cheap thrills are thrilling").

As a pioneering writer and lecturer on personal happiness for the past twenty years, Alexandra has inspired millions to break the "rules" and pursue fulfillment. Now, as scientists have begun to discover the benefits of living a happy life, Alexandra provides practical ways to live happily every day. She puts us in charge of our choices, reminding us that we always have a choice about what we think, feel, and do. When we are true to ourselves, we can fly above stress and conflict, contented and confident that we are the right path.

Every choice you make is an opportunity to delight in life. You Are Your Choices offers insight and companionship each step of the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
“While life may throw us curveballs, only we can choose to duck or come out swinging.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“While life may throw us curveballs, only we can choose to duck or come out swinging.”
Library Journal
Stoddard's (Living a Beautiful Life) guide, which invites readers to live a good, beautiful, and true life, fits right in with people's desire to live life differently in the new year. In 50 short essays, Stoddard incorporates the thoughts of great philosophers and leaders into commonsense ideas for daily application. She invites readers to embrace variety, e.g., by tasting a new flavor of ice cream or learning to identify constellations. Similarly, she encourages the celebration of simple rituals by using a special bar of soap or a beautiful towel for hand washing. Everyone will undoubtedly find something of value in this gem of a book for most public libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060897833
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 227,074
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Stoddard is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and is an acclaimed philosopher on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books—such as Choosing Happiness, Time Alive, Living a Beautiful Life, Gift of a Letter, Grace Notes, and many more—she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in Stonington Village, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents


An Invitation     1
Every Day, Commit Yourself to Experiencing the Good Life     4
Be True to All Your Choices     9
Be Responsible-Say No     12
Stand On Your Own Two Feet     15
Information Is Not Inspiration     19
Take Satisfaction in Doing the Right Thing     22
Go After What You Love     25
Have Realistic Expectations     29
Live from the Inside Out     33
Celebrate Simple Ceremonies     36
Reevaluate Your Priorities Regularly     43
Have as Few Regrets as Possible     48
Leave the Safe Harbor     52
Who Knows, It Might Be Good     57
Redefine What Is Beautiful     61
The Power of Flowers     67
Share the Beauty     72
Live with the Objects You Love     75
Why Not Be Comfortable?     80
Maintain Balance Through Your Choices     84
Cultivate Good Energy     87
Cheap Thrills Are Thrilling     91
You Own Your Self     95
Stop Complaining     98
Accept Responsibility     101
Be Aware     104
Your Choices Count Most in a Crisis     107
Faster Isn't Better     109
Reach Out-Literally     113
Privacy Please     116
A Free Day for You     119
Good Design Matters     122
Enough Is Enough     125
Give Yourself Time     130
Get Going     134
Embrace Variety     138
Move On     143
Walk Away     147
See the Big in the Little     150
Surround Yourself with People You Trust     154
Intuition Is Your Guiding Light     157
Never Say Never     160
Understand the Law of Cause and Effect     162
Choose Love for Yourself and Others     165
Do More Things That Make You Happy     168
Trust Your Subjective Well-Being     171
Avoid Perfection in Pursuit of Excellence     176
Get Organized     181
Why Not Now?     186
Wise Choices, Yes, and Good Luck     190
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