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Recommended Podcasts

Mayim Bialik's Breakdown

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

The Good Life Project

Recommended Reading--Books


Take Time For Your Life by Cheryl Richardson

Transform Your Life by Carole Gaskell

The Power of Now:  A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle (I loved it!  Highly Recommended.)  

Emotional Agility:  Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David (Loved this book!  Great information.)

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin  (I loved this book!  Lots of great ideas to foster happiness.)

Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (I absolutely loved this book!  I learned so much about myself and others.)

Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman

The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama (I loved this book!  Amazing and thought-provoking.)

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (This is a great book!  I loved it.)

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I read this book three times.  Absolutely loved it.)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom  (This is an amazing book.  Highly recommended.)

Life Is Short, Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta LaRoche (Amazing book of inspiration!  Highly recommended.)

168 Hours:  You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam (I loved this book!  Lots of information about how to manage your time.  Highly recommend)

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Your Creative Brain:  Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation by Shelley Carson

Draw Real People! by Lee Hammond

Draw Real Animals! by Lee Hammond

Floral Designs Artist's Coloring Book:  31 Stress-Relieving Designs, Studio Series by Peter Pauper Press


Feel the Fear...and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers (I loved it!  Highly Recommended.)


Three Feet From Gold by Sharon L. Lechter and Greg S. Reid (I learned a lot from this book about importance of believing in myself and never giving up.  Highly recommended.)

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown  (Lots of great information in this one!  Highly recommended.)

Life Unlocked:  7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear by Srinivasan S. Pillay, M.D.

The Self-Confidence Workbook by Barbara Markway, Ph.D. (I loved this book!  It was extremely helpful, filled with so many great exercises!  Highly recommended.)

The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris 

5 Weeks To Self-Confidence by Lynn Matti

What's Holding You Back by Sam Horn

Tongue Fu by Sam Horn


Self-Esteem:  A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay, Ph.D.

Self-Esteem for Teens:  Six Principles for Creating the Life You Want by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW


Total Relaxation:  Healing Practices for Body, Mind & Spirit by John Harvey

Tai Chi in a Chair:  Easy 15-minute Routines for Beginners by Cynthia Quarta

A Morning Cup of Tai Chi by John Bright-Fey

Dental Floss for the Mind by Michel Noir, Ph.D. and Bernard Croisile, M.D., Ph.D.

The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Great book!  I seriously said when I read this, "Oh thank goodness, I'm not crazy!"  This book brought me lots of wisdom--and relief!  Just a note, though, be prepared for LOTS of information.  As she says in the book, if I remember correctly, that you should take the information that you need, what works for you, and not fret over the rest.)

Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient by Norman Cousins

The Laughing Cure by Brian King

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD


The Four-Day Win by Martha Beck

What Are You Hungry For? by Deepak Chopra, MD  (Loved it!)

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D.,and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D, F.A.D.A., C.E.D.R.D. (I loved this book.  Such a refreshing view on weight loss and eating healthy!)


Friendfluence:  The Surprising Ways Friends Mae Us Who We Are by Carlin Flora (I loved it!  Highly Recommended.)

When Friendship Hurts:  How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You by Jan Yager, Ph.D. (So good!  This book was so helpful to me in understanding specific friends' situations/attitudes.  I gained lots of insight from it.)

Friendshifts:  The Power of Friendship and How It Shapes Our Lives by Jan Yager, Ph.D.  (Another winner!  Lots of of great information.)

The Friendship Factor:  How to Get Closer to the People You Care For by Alan Loy McGinnis

The Friendship Crisis:  Finding, Making, and Keeping Friends When You're Not a Kid Anymore by Marla Paul



Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. (I loved this book!  Lots of great insight gained from it.)

Take the Bully by the Horns by Sam Horn



Living with Spina Bifida:  A Guide For Families and Professionals by Adrian Sandler, M.D.


SPINAbilities:  A Young Person's Guide to Spina Bifida by Marlene Lutkenhoff (Editor), Sonya Go Oppenheimer (Editor)


Giant Steps:  The Story of One Boy's Struggle to Walk by Gilbert M. Gaul

Views from Our Shoes:  Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Donald Joseph Meyer (Author, Editor), Gary Pillo (Illustrator)


Notes from a Friend by Anthony Robbins (This was an amazing book!  Inspirational.  Highly recommended.)

Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Your Brain is Always Listening by Daniel G. Amen, MD

Transformational Daydreaming:  How to Talk with Your Subconscious Mind and Daydream Your Way to a Better Life by Timothy A Storlie, Ph.D. (Wow!  Excellent book!  Lot's of great information.  Highly recommended.)


The Intuitive Way:  The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness by Penney Peirce


The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

You'll See It When You Believe It by Wayne W. Dyer

Finding Your Own North Star:  Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck  (Oh my goodness!  This is one of the best books I've ever read.  It is insightful, eye-opening, magic.  I kid you not.  Highly recommended.)

The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck

Dreaming:  Hard Luck and Good Times In America by Carolyn See

Someday is Not a Day in the Week by Sam Horn  (Loved it!  I have enjoyed every Sam Horn book I've read.  Easy reads and so much great information.)  


The Transcendent Child:  Tales of Triumph Over the Past by Lillian B. Rubin

Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser

Recommended Reading for Teens/Young Adults and Adults Who Enjoy the Genre--Books

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum  (I loved this book!  I love teen fiction that features male-female friendships.  This one has mystery, humor, warmth, romance.)

What to Say Next by Jule Buxbaum (Another winner!  Again, teen fiction featuring male-female friendship and a character with asperger's.  Grief, new kid in school, friendship, challenges.)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (I loved this book!  It includes, again, male-female friendship, health issues, deception, romance.)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (I loved this book!  It reminded me of a dear friendship/relationship of my own.  It includes friendship, romance, assisted suicide, a character who is quadriplegic.)

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson (I loved this book!  It also reminded me of a dear friendship.  It's got guardian angels, loneliness, make-believe, and teaches a lesson in the power of love.)

First Love by James Patterson (I loved this book!  It also reminded me of a dear friendship.  It's got adventure, male-female friendship, romance, chronic illness.)

Recommended Podcasts

Mayim Bialik's Bre

Recommended Reading--Blogs

American Council on Exercise

Loretta LaRoche--Get A Life

Dr. Christiane Northrup--You Can Heal Your Life

Positively Positive

Psychology Today--Blogs Index


Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds:  The Ultimate Collection

Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone:  Super Fat Burning, 3 Miles

Leslie Sansone Walk It Off In 30 Days

Leslie Sansone Just Walk:  Mix+Match Walk Blasters

Yoga for the Rest of Us with Peggy Cappy

Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams

Meditation for Beginners



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