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Books and Media

These are all books, audio, or video publications that I highly recommend. I consider all of them valuable resources in my library and continue to find them helpful to get back on track when I need to lift my spirits, improve my health, or solve a problem.

Bright Side Up, 100 Ways to Be Happy Right Now
by Amy Spencer

This is a practical handbook for positive thinking. The author has a special knack for taking uncomfortable situations and turning them "bright side up."

Each chapter tells a story with a positive outcome, gives you practical ideas on how you might apply the technique described, and can be read in a few minutes.
The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregerson, and Clayton M. Christensen

Their research identified 5 key habits of successful innovators: Questioning, Observing, Associating, Networking, and Experimenting. The book describes how you can use those to address problems or opportunities.

Hal Gregerson explains more in this video interview.
Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100
by Maoshing Ni

Dr. Mao has published a number of books to pass on the findings of his longevity research. His focus covers both eastern and western medicine and nutritional philosophies, and often points out what they have in common. He not only tells you what to eat, and what to do, but also explains why it works.
Yes, You Can: 1,200 Inspiring Ideas For Work, Home, And Happiness
by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman

Each chapter has a theme, such as "Think Positively," or "Communicate Effectively" and includes a few words of wisdom, followed by related goal and a number of proven methods you can use. For example, the topic of "Increase Your Self-Esteem is introduced with this quote: "You can't lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse."
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
by Jonathan Kabat-Zinn

Widely recognized for his successful integration of mindfulness for healing at the University of Masschusetts Medical School, Kabat-Zinn has shared his knowledge and methods through books, CDs, and videos.

Calming audio meditations are included with the CD version of this book.