The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

by Lauren Martin


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One of Amazon's Best Books of December

The Happiness Project meets So Sad Today in this "hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest" book from Words of Women founder Lauren Martin, as she contemplates the nature of negative emotions — and the insights that helped her to take control of her life (Bobbi Brown), now in paperback.

Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, a boyfriend, yet every day she wrestled with feelings of inferiority, anxiety and irritability. It wasn't until a chance encounter with a (charming, successful) stranger who revealed that she also felt these things, that Lauren set out to better understand the hold that these moods had on her, how she could change them, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. It quickly exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: lost, depressed, moody, and desirous of change.
Inspired by her audience to press even deeper, The Book of Moods shares Lauren's journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, she dives into the universal triggers every woman faces — whether it's a comment from your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, witty anecdotes and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation, proving that you really can turn your worst moods into your best life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538733622
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 107,947
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lauren Martin is a writer and the founder of Words of Women — an online and physical community dedicated to the growth and development of women. By providing entertaining, enlightening and supportive content related to the female condition, it has transformed the feeds and lives of its 300,000 women followers across Instagram, Facebook and Newsletter subscribers.

Table of Contents

Disclaimer xvii

What Are Moods? xxii

Where Do Moods Come From? xxviii

The Mood: The Past and Future

The Mood Described 3

What the Mood Is Telling You 7

Remember the Writers 12

Swipe Left 16

Accept the Worst 19

See the Past as a Story 25

See Stress as a Challenge 29

The Mood Transformed 35

The Mood: Beauty

The Mood Described 39

What the Mood Is Telling You 43

Go Visit Your Grandmother 47

Stop Thinking You Know What You Look Like 52

Stop Self-Cherishing 57

Stop Looking in Mirrors 61

You're Not Pretty Like Her, You're Pretty Like You 66

The Mood Transformed 71

The Mood: Work

The Mood Described 75

What the Mood Is Telling You 81

Regretfully Decline 86

Build Indulgent Rituals 91

Remove Excess Choke 99

Change the Wording 104

The Mood Transformed 111

The Mood: Friends

The Mood Described 115

What the Mood Is Telling You 120

Find Your Flow 124

Rejection Isn't Rejection 132

Everyone's a Freak 137

Doing Things You Don't Want to Do 143

The Mood Transformed 149

The Mood: Family

The Mood Described 153

What the Mood Is Telling You 158

Realize Everyone's Role 160

Communication versus Conversation 165

Understand You Don't Understand 175

Learn to Apologize 180

The Mood Transformed 187

The Mood: The Body

The Mood Described 191

What the Mood Is Telling You 196

Acknowledge Your Cycles 198

Find Your True Bedtime 204

Give Your Body a Routine 212

The Mood Transformed 219

The Mood: Unforeseen Circumstances

The Mood Described 223

What the Mood Is Telling You 227

Think of the Feathers You'll Get 234

Moment of Appreciation 240

Realize Your Path Is Somewhere Else 243

Remember Down Is Part of Up 247

The Mood Transformed 253

Acknowledgments 255

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