The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life

The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life

by Martha Beck


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Discover a menu of ten behaviors you can add to your way of living and thinking to enhance every day’s journey through the unpredictable terrain of your existence.

Add these behaviors gradually and watch your life become steadily more vivid and satisfying. Or you can go on a “crash Joy Diet” to help you navigate life’s emergencies. The ten menu items are:

• Nothing: Do nothing for fifteen minutes a day. Stop mindlessly chasing goals and figure out which goals are worth going after.

• Truth: Create a moment of truth to help you unmask what you’re hiding—from others and from yourself.

• Desire: Identify, articulate, and explore at least one of your heart’s desires—and learn how to let yourself want what you want.

• Creativity: Learn six new ways to develop at least one new idea to help you obtain your heart’s desire.

• Risk: Take one baby step toward reaching your goal. The only rule is it has to scare the pants off you.

• Treats: Give yourself a treat for every risk you take and two treats just because you’re you. No exceptions. No excuses.

• Play: Take a moment to remember your real life’s work and differentiate it from the games you play to achieve it. Then play wholeheartedly.

• Laughter: Laugh at least thirty times a day. Props encouraged.

• Connection: Use your Joy Diet skills to interact with someone who matters to you.

• Feasting: Enjoy at least three square feasts a day, with or without food.

No matter what your long-term goals are, The Joy Diet, written with Martha Beck’s inimitable blend of wisdom, practical guidance, and humor, will help you achieve the immediate gift of joyful living in the here and now. Begin your journey today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609609903
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/06/2003
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 319,246
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 7.89(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a life coach and monthly columnist for O: The Oprah Magazine. She has taught career development at the American Graduate School of International Management and was research assistant to Dr. John Kotter at Harvard Business School. She is the author of the bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live and the memoir Expecting Adam. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Clueless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On `Nothing¿ (15 minutes of meditation a day)Almost all of us have been assaulted by hurricane winds, rapacious fires, and shattering earthquakes or some sort: we live on that kind of planet. Do you remember the last time your preconceptions were blown to smithereens, your heart burnt to a cinder, your confidence shattered? Look back on it now (or if you¿re in the middle of it, look around), and see if in the midst of that devastation ¿ right in the center of it-you half-sense something still and small. Listen for it. Beneath, around, even within the cacophonous chaos of your life disintegrating, something infinitely powerful and surpassingly sweet is whispering to you. It is when all of our something are collapsing that we may finally turn to nothing, and find there everything we need.¿If you are currently in any kind of pain, you may find something oddly compelling about the words of the great nothing-doers. Though they make no logical sense, they have an irrational resonance that sticks to the suffering soul even after the mind has forgotten them, the way nectar remains on your fingertips after you¿ve held a flower.***On DesireDid you ever notice how many award-winning children¿s books and films focus on someone who adopts a wild animal, then has to chase it away so that it can live normally with its own kind?...I think this is such a popular theme in juvenile literature because it is an archetype of the way growing humans learn to force away their desires.¿It¿s as though that wild animal you loved, but dutifully chased away, keeps finding its way home and crawling though every door and window of your life. You can spend the rest of your days forcing it to leave again and again and again, or you can give in to what your heart has been telling you all along: that true love ¿any true love, no matter how impractical, improbable, or inconvenient¿is not just one of the things around which to build your right lift. It¿s the only thing.***I¿ve never had a client who was truly enraptured by the thought of just sitting in the sand for the rest of eternity¿they also know they are meant to do something ¿to engage their energy and intelligence, to connect with others, to somehow make the world a better place. ***Michelangelo once said, ¿If people know how hard I work, they wouldn¿t find my achievements so remarkable.¿***FeastingYou were born to be open and honest and brave and playful, to laugh often, to love much, to be loved much in return. You were born for joy¿
labelleaurore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have all her books and this one I didn't finish it. I think she lost her magic in this one and I lost my trust for her theory in this one...
Grainy More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING!!! I appreciate how well Martha put together the contents and ideas of her Joy Diet! I have been doing these things here and there in my life, but after reading this book I have been given the support that I needed to be free and be me! :D My husband said that he likes this book because of the happiness and joy that it has help put back in my life! I recommend this book to anyone I can that is trying to live the best life they can! :)  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! It was such a soul enriching read :)
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