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The Art of Connecting: How to Overcome Differences, Build Rapport, and Communicate Effectively with Anyone

Need to fine tune your communication skills? No matter how different another person might seem to you, the Art of Connecting will provide you with the essentials on finding a point of similarity with anyone so that you may make a real connection. No longer will you let the subtle clues fly by; connections with now be something to build upon.

   

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find & Sustain Your Life's Work

Drawing wisdom from playgrounds of his youth, where Kevin Carroll spent hours sharpening his mind and body, the Rules of the Red Rubber Ball shares with you how to achieve maximum potential through the power of passion and creativity. Finding your own red rubber ball and chasing it to your heart's content is the surest route to peace, prosperity and happiness.
   

The Art of Living

How do I live a happy, meaningful and flourishing life? How can I be both a noble and effective person? Answering these bedrock questions was the single-minded passion of Epictetus, the venerable philosopher who was born a slave about A.D. 55 in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Both of his works, The Art of Living and A Manual for Living (a condensed version) provide a day-by-day, down-to-earth life of virtue.

   

The Book of Qualities

"Excitement wears orange socks, faith lives in the same apartment building as doubt…" The Book of Qualities challenges you to look at your emotions and unique character in new and inspiring ways.

   

Creative Whack Pack

Do you need a whack on the side of the head... or maybe just a kick in the pants? Then indulge in Roger von Oech's Creative Whack Pack, a deck of cards that provide a brief story, hint, or insight that will keep your mind spinning for days to come.

   

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

How many times have you talked yourself out of something because of self-sabotaging fears? Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway will teach you to push past the negative chatter in your head, risk a little everyday, and turn every decision into a "no-lose" situation.

   

Life Types

Based on the Myers-Briggs personality test, Lifetypes gives you the tools to develop your psychological self-portrait. After completing a series of questions (which is great fun with a group of friends), your "lifetype" emerges. The book then provides you with examples of each personality type as it relates to careers, relationships, and recreational activities that you should choose or avoid—and how to get the most out of your life by gaining a better understanding of yourself.

   

Happiness is a Choice

Wouldn't it be nice to live a happier, more successful, and more peaceful life? Happiness is a Choice is about believing in ourselves, having a positive attitude, and being hopeful about the events that shape our lives. And after reading Barry Kaufman's book, you might also want to take part in one of the many educational programs he (and his "happy" staff) offer through The Option Institute Whether you want to improve the quality of your life or overcome a challenging adversity, the program will help you actively explore a new way to live your life.

   

Inspiration Sandwich

Stroll down the path of life with SARK and learn about her 250 jobs, how to relax about money, making friends with freedom and uncertainty, living juicy, drawing on the walls, and making your life an adventure. SARK's Inspiration Sandwich will inspire your creative freedom and Living Juicy: Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul will challenge the way you look at your life and bring a refreshing new approach to "daily meditation." Planet SARK, her companion website, provides all the details—with information ranging from subscribing to her monthly eLetter to tips on getting your own book published. For those who need a quick dose of inspiration, call her Inspiration Hotline at (415) 546-3742 for a three-minute recorded message.

   

Love

Leo Buscaglia has to be one of my all-time favorite authors. His writings teach us to be human - to be who we are and what we feel; and how we can learn to be loving individuals and get the most out of life through love. Known for getting his students to hug trees (and each other) at the University of Southern California while teaching a class on love, Dr. Buscaglia will guide you to new levels of happiness (on this fantastic journey we're all on). Love and Living, Loving, and Learning are my favorites.

   

The Power of Positive Thinking

Self-doubt and negative thoughts seems to be the most devastating handicap for many. But it doesn't have to be this way—and The Power of Positive Thinking will help you to climb above those old habits and unleash your true potential. Dr. Vincent Peale offers powerful tips, prayerful exercises, and filling your mind full of God each day to positively master those challenges of everyday living. For stories of inspiration, hope, personal change and healthy living, turn to Guideposts.

   

Seven Habits

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides a step-by-step pathway for living, principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.