One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams—including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge—seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.
Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.
Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal—come what may—of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.
One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous—for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way—from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.
A Simple Act of Gratitude is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message—and benefits—come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read it is to be changed.
8 Minute Meditation by Victor Davich
In recent years, mainstream Americans have begun to come around to meditation in a big way-and scientific studies are suggesting that the physical and mental benefits are solid and real. But to many, it remains something mystical and inaccessible…and spiritually-oriented tomes on the market don’t do much to make it easier.
As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get in the way.
If you’ve said “I’d love to meditate, but it’s too hard and takes too long,” 8 Minute Meditation is your answer. It’s the revolutionary program that Time magazine calls “the most American form of meditation yet.
8 Minute Meditation is simple, easy, and geared to fit your busy lifestyle. In just 8 minutes a day, the amount of time between television commercial breaks, you can develop a strong meditation practice that can last you a lifetime.
Five Good Minutes at Work by Brantley Millstine
Five Minutes to a Happier, More Productive Workday
Is your workday filled with chaos, stress and, at times, and inability to focus? Do you have mountains of projects ahead of you but no motivation to tackle them? In less time than you would spend on a coffee break, you can fill your workday with calm, balance, and serenity. Five Good Minutes® at Work, the third in the breakaway Five Good Minutes™ series, can help you transform your workday from tired and uninspired to engaged and productive in just a few good minutes.
Whether sitting at your desk or ducking into the supply closet, you can include these stress-relieving and centering activities into even the busiest schedule. These practices can help you deal with difficult coworkers, tyrannical bosses, impossible deadlines, and more. Your five good minutes each day will reward you with increased productivity, reduced workplace conflict, and a sense of serenity that will start to spread to the rest of your life.
Easy Exercises: Simple Workout Routine For Busy People In The Office, At Home, Or On The Road by Patrick Barrett
In this book, you’ll learn a simple, short, stripped-down routine that you can do on a daily basis. You can stick with the core program indefinitely and reap the rewards of daily physical activity, or you can add in some challenging options for better, faster results while still keeping your workouts short and convenient.If you can set aside 3 or 4 minutes each day to exercise, you’ve got all the time you need to incorporate this simple exercise routine into your life.
People like to talk about the “secret” to staying in shape. Well, here it is, free of charge: the secret to staying in shape is not finding the exact, precise exercise or diet that will perform some kind of voodoo and deliver sudden, amazing results. The secret is finding a healthy plan that you can stick to. It can be running, or lifting weights, or bodyweight exercise, or yoga, or dance classes, or a recreational sports league.
It can be anything, as long as it means you’re being physically active on a regular basis, and as long as you stick to it. You may not see a dramatic transformation in a month, or even in two or three months, but as time passes and you keep it up you will see a big change. You will become one of “those people” who is just in great shape.
That’s what’s so great about the exercise routine you’ll learn in this book. It is so simple, so basic that anyone can stick to it. You don’t need any special equipment (though there is a variation that uses weights, if you prefer that). But even though it’s simple, it’s still a full-body routine that’s challenging enough to make you stronger, leaner, and healthier if you keep it up.
Daily physical activity is essential for anyone who hopes to live a long, healthy life–and it’s key to promoting your quality of life, too. Easy Exercises will teach you the simple workout program you’ve been looking for that fits easily into your busy schedule. Pick up a physical or digital copy, and you could be doing you first workout in a few short days, or even as soon as a few hours from now.
The Ultimate Pocket Workout Journal by Alex A Lluch
The Ultimate Pocket Workout Journal is an invaluable tool for anyone trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, prevent disease, relieve stress, and improve overall well-being. Newcomers to exercise and seasoned athletes alike will love its compact, portable size, which makes it easy to tuck into a purse or gym bag. This pocket-size journal is an essential companion for those seeking to track their physical activity and achieve fitness goals.With this journal, creating and monitoring an effective fitness program has never been easier. Readers can develop a successful fitness plan, including cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training. They can create personal goals and maintain a daily physical activity log to keep them motivated. The daily journal pages provide space to record the type of physical activity that was performed, as well as the repetitions, duration, intensity, and calories burned.In addition, this journal includes space to document daily nutrition, vitamins and supplements, weight, energy levels, and water consumed to help readers optimize their diet for maximum results.