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By Gretchen Rubin
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Gretchen Rubin
From the author of BETTER THAN BEFORE > 'A LOT OF US WOULD LIKE A RUBIN IN OUR LIVES' The Times Magazine - 'EXTRAORDINARY' Viv Groskop, The Times Style - 'FASCINATING, PERSUASIVE' Guardian - 'A LIFE-CHANGER' The PoolDid you love The Happiness Project, Happier at Home and Better Than Before? New York Times bestselling author and award-winning podcaster Gretchen Rubin celebrates ten years of blogging with a special commemorative ebook. This collection offers Gretchen's best articles from a decade of studying happiness and habits. From her first day as a blogger to the happiest day of her life, Rubin relives the moments that have helped us understand our habits, improve our relationships, and lead happier lives. Whether you're a longtime fan who has read Gretchen's recent New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Project, Happier at Home and Better Than Before, or a new convert from her wildly popular podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, this funny and poignant compilation will entertain and inspire you in your own pursuit of happiness and good habits.
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The Book of Shhh

By Lauren Oliver
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Lauren Oliver
The Book of Shhh, or the Safety, Health, and Happiness Handbook, describes the perils of amor deliria nervosa. In today's society, thanks to the cure and its enforcement, our citizens are more productive and committed to their jobs, political organizations, and social impact than ever before. The following excerpts are meant to give portability to a small portion of its materials so that elements of its wisdom may be available for reference on the go. Do not rely on the following excerpts to diagnose, treat, or address evidence of amor deliria nervosa. Should you believe that you or someone in your family might be infected, call the National Health Services hotline immediately, or seek the care of a professional physician at once.
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Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad

By Richard Stephens
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Richard Stephens
Richard Stephens became the focus of international media attention in 2009 for his research on the psychological benefits of swearing as a response to pain. Now, fresh from winning the 2014 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, Richard's first popular science book uncovers other pieces of surprising and occasionally bizarre scientific enquiry showing that what we at first perceive as bad can, in fact, be good.More pub conversation than science book, Richard's writing style is very accessible - both engaging and humorous. Think wasting time is bad? Not always! Research shows that taking time out can help you solve difficult problems. And if you can't be bothered tidying up, well fine, research shows that people are more creative in a messy environment. Swearing is rude but research shows that in some situations it can be a form of politeness. Swearing can also be used as a tool of persuasion.Black Sheep casts a slant on a range of human experiences from life to death, sex to romance, from speed thrills to halting boredom and from drinking alcohol (in moderation) to headily excessive bad language. This is a fascinating left-field tour of the world of psychological science. Get ready for the many hidden benefits of being bad that you really won't have seen coming.
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    By Stephen Greenleaf
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    Stephen Greenleaf
    Publisher Bryce Chatterton receives a manuscript that has all the makings of a bestseller; brimming with sex, money and scandal, it's his last hope of keeping Periwinkle Press afloat. But there's one small problem - nobody knows who wrote it.P.I. John Marshall Tanner is called in to discover the author of the mysterious manuscript, but it soon becomes clear that he is in possession of an exposé that will blow the lid off some of San Francisco's most sordid secrets. In a race against the clock, Tanner must dig up past crimes, scandals and cover-ups to expose the vengeful author before it's too late.
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    Blind Water Pass

    By Anna Metcalfe
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    Anna Metcalfe
    Anna Metcalfe's stories are about communication and miscommunication - between characters and across cultures. Whether about a blithely entitled English teacher in a poor Beijing school, an immigrant female taxi driver in Paris, or a young Chinese girl spouting made-up Confucian phrases to please tourists, the stories examine the assumptions we make about other people, and about ourselves.Blind Water Pass is an auspicious debut by a superb young writer.
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    The Best of Both Worlds

    By Gordon Smith
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    Gordon Smith
    The Best of Both Worlds is the true story of how childhood misery and trauma helped Gordon Smith discover a gift that has helped many people throughout the world. He has helped those who are in mourning come to terms with death and bereavement by working as a medium to put people in touch with their loved ones who have passed over.Gordon held off telling the story of his discovery of spiritual powers, as he believed his mother would have hated people knowing the poverty they came from or the abuse that her son suffered. After her death, Gordon decided it was time to tell his incredible story from humble beginnings all the way to becoming an internationally praised medium working for some of the most famous and powerful people in the world.His previous volume of memoirs Spirit Messenger was a massive bestseller but only now is he able to tell the unvarnished astonishing truth.
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    Beyond Happiness

    By Anthony Seldon
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    Anthony Seldon
    As Britain's best-known headmaster, Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness, a body to raise awareness of the discovery of happiness and reduction of depression, whose influence is growing rapidly in Britain and across the world. In this book Anthony Seldon distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy, and offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding. The pursuit of happiness can all too easily become a trap which seduces us into thinking there is no more to life than being happy. In fact, the author is highly critical of 'positive psychology' and other dominant schools of thought.In fact, we need to reach beyond this if we are to access the deepest levels of human experience open to us, and find our own unique path in life. The author offers a further 5 steps, which point the way to accessing these deeper levels of experience, which alone result in the joyful life which is our birthright. Paradoxically, as this book demonstrates, stepping off the happiness treadmill will ultimately make for a happier and more fulfilled life. It is time to go beyond happiness.
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    Business Communication In A Week

    By Martin Manser
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    Martin Manser
    Communication at work just got easierWe live in an age when the number of ways in which we communicate in business is constantly increasing. Years ago, we simply had face-to-face communication, phone and letter. Now we also have more, including email, websites, blogs... and yet, if we are honest, alongside this increase in the waysin which we communicate has come a decrease in the level of effective communication.This book is full of positive guidelines to help you communicate more effectively. You may not be able to change the way your company or organization works, but you can change the way in which you work.Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, Business Communication In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Know your aims. Who are you writing to/for? What is your message? What response do you want those you are communicating with to make?- Monday: Listen carefully as colleagues explain the challenges they are facing. When you listen, you show you value your colleagues as individuals.- Tuesday: Write clearly. Think creatively about what you want to express, organize your thoughts and then draft and edit your email or report.- Wednesday: Organize better meetings. The key to a successful meeting lies in its preparation, especially why you are holding it, who needs to be present and what you will consider.- Thursday: Give successful presentations. Prepare well, knowing your audience and your key messages, backed up if necessary by useful visual aids.- Friday: Build strong working relationships. Good working relationships are the glue that holds an organization together. How can you cultivate stronger working relationships?- Saturday: Engage effectively online by building - and maintaining - an accessible website and networking by means of social media.
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    Being Human

    By Steve Chalke
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    Steve Chalke
    'Your life is precious - a precious gift. It is sacred; every moment of it. The opportunity to live rather than sleepwalk through our days belongs to us. This book is a call to wake up. It is a call to each one of us; to wake up, to live before we die.'It's easy to sleepwalk through life without ever really considering what we're here for. But life presents us with continual opportunities to wake up - and to think about not just what we do with our lives, but who we become while living them. Ultimately it is the story that we believe about ourselves, our lives and the world around us that will shape us - for better or for worse. So where do we find a good story - a convincing narrative that makes sense of it all?Steve Chalke suggests that Jesus' good news about the kingdom of God - a practical, lived-out expression of God's plans for the world - is the best story for us to find ourselves in. Each one of us is called to be part of the drama of the coming kingdom, and it's in this that we find a practical spirituality that helps shape our lives into everything we were meant to be.
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    Black Box Thinking

    By Matthew Syed
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    Matthew Syed
    The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller From the Bestselling Author of BounceWhat links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?What links Team Sky and the aviation industry?What connects James Dyson and David Beckham?They are all Black Box Thinkers.Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us.Drawing on a dizzying array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens - and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.
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    Business Plans in a Week

    By Iain Maitland
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    Iain Maitland
    The ability to write a successful business plan is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Iain Maitland, a leading expert on appraisals as both a coach and a practitioner, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to write and receive support for a business plan.The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience.So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!
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  • The Butcher Bird

    By S D Sykes
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    S D Sykes
    Book 2 in the gripping Oswald de Lacy series, , which can be read as a standalone, from 'the medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver)The Black Death killed his father and brothers , making Oswald de Lacy Lord of Somershill Manor. It also killed many of his villagers, leaving fewer people to do more work.So Oswald tries to use logic and patience to manage a struggling estate, a socially ambitious mother, an overbearing sister and a mutinous workforce.Then a baby is found impaled on a thorn bush and people say they have seen a huge creature in the skies. The Butcher Bird.And now there is no room for common sense, no time for patience. If Oswald is to survive, he must find the truth behind a series of ever more brutal events.From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the luxurious bedchambers of London, it is a journey full of danger, darkness and shocking revelations.'The whodunnit aspect is neatly done, the family secrets and waspish relationships are intriguing, and humour and originality are abundant' Daily Mail
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    The Book of Mindful Origami

    By Samuel Tsang
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    Samuel Tsang
    As seen on BBC's Make! Craft Britain. Fold your way to zen calm and happiness - featuring tear-out origami pages to get you started!Origami has been shown to aid relaxation, concentration, hand eye co-ordination and memory, and what's more, it does not require complicated tools or materials to perform. All you need is a piece of paper and some focused thought, and the results can be enjoyed almost immediately. In this beautifully designed book, with clear step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to make 16 inspirational models that you can display on your desk, your windowsill, or your mantelpiece, or give to somebody as a gift. Every day millions of us sit in front of a computer screen tapping away at a keyboard and don't create anything real. Undertaking an origami project is a chance to get creative and make something tangible; turning a piece of paper into a 3D sculpture is a meditative journey that instils in us a sense of pride, competence and accomplishment. As we slow down and start to fold paper, which is so beautifully tactile, so we start to unfold our minds. Worries and troubles float away as we follow the instructions and start to fold, fully focused on the task at hand, able to mindfully contemplate our intentions, hopes and dreams.Why not sit with a friend or a child and fold together? Like colouring in, origami is a wonderful shared pursuit - as you get into it and find 'flow', time is suspended and as you discover the art of origami, so you start to lead a more authentic, simple and calmer life.
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    By Christopher Wakling
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    Christopher Wakling
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    By Kirk Davis Swinehart
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    Kirk Davis Swinehart
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    Breaking the Silence

    By Jo Milne
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    Jo Milne
    Imagine for a moment that you have never heard the voices of those you love, the music on the radio, the sound of birdsong at dawn, nor the persistent passing traffic on the road you walk down. Now imagine that the lips you have watched moving, the faces that you have smiled at, the words that you read in front of you all slowly start to disappear too. It's hard to comprehend, isn't it? Jo Milne had already lived a lifetime surrounded by silence, profoundly deaf from birth, when she began to lose her sight. Just before turning thirty, Jo was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a condition that will progressively affect her eyesight too. Although at this lowest ebb Jo suffered from deep depression, she has always been determined to live her life to the full. Jo has never let her disabilities affect the way she embraces life, however there was always so much that she was missing. In 2014 she made a life-changing decision to undergo major surgery. She had cochlear implants fitted allowing her to hear for the first time. Every moment of Jo's days since the operation has become a journey of discovery.She has been able to hear the voice of her own mother who has stood by her and helped her through some of her darkest moments. She has heard birds sing, people chatting and the sound of children laughing. She is embarking on an incredible journey through four missed generations of music - from the hymns she missed in school assembly to sweeping orchestral performances, from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to the music of this very moment and everything in between. Breaking the Silence is a remarkable and beautifully written memoir that will serve as an inspiration to everyone who reads it. By turns, heart-breaking and heart-warming, it is the incredibly uplifting life-story of a woman who refused to give up hope and always lives life with a smile upon her face.Watch Jo hear for the first time here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyDdVJ81Ixs
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    Black River

    By Tom Harper
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    Tom Harper
    This unputdownable Amazonian adventure is perfect for fans of The Lost City of Z. 'The thinking person's Dan Brown' Tom Harper has taken you to the underworld. He's taken you to the Arctic. Now he's taking you to the deadliest jungle on earth. When Kel MacDonald joins an expedition looking for a legendary lost city in the Peruvian Amazon, he's expecting the adventure of a lifetime. But things are not what they seem. Paramilitaries, drug cartels, and wildcat prospectors all want what the jungle has to offer - while untamed local tribes will fight desperately to protect their way of life. Maps of the region have been doctored. And what exactly happened to the previous expedition, a government vaccination program that went upriver and never returned? Soon finding the lost city is the least of their troubles. The jungle hides deadly secrets that must be hidden at all costs. And someone in the group wants to make sure they never get out.
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  • Beyond Blame

    By Stephen Greenleaf
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    Stephen Greenleaf
    When psychologist Dianne Renzel is found brutally murdered in her own bed, suspicion immediately falls on her husband, law professor Lawrence Usser. An expert in temporary insanity defences, Usser isn't going to be easy to convict.Determined to bring their daughter's killer to justice, Dianne's grief-stricken parents hire lawyer-turned-private-detective John Marshall Tanner to discover the truth.But as Tanner digs deeper into Dianne's murder, assumptions give way to questions, dark family secrets begin to surface and it quickly becomes impossible to determine who is guilty and who is beyond blame...
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    Bookkeeping And Accounting In A Week

    By Roger Mason
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    Roger Mason
    Bookkeeping and Accounting In A Week is a simple and straightforward guide to accounts, giving you everything you need to know in just seven short chapters. From understanding the terminology to dealing confidently with accountants, you'll soon master the basics of bookkeeping and accounting, fast.This book introduces you to the main concepts of bookkeeping and accounting, giving you a basic knowledge and understanding together with practical and thought-provoking exercises. Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, Bookkeeping and Accounting In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: The basic principles of bookkeeping- Monday: Different types of account and ledger- Tuesday: More aspects of bookkeeping- Wednesday: Preparation for the accounts- Thursday: The profit and loss account- Friday: The balance sheet- Saturday: Understanding published accountsABOUT THE SERIESIn A Week books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From negotiating and content marketing to finance and social media, the In A Week series covers the business topics that really matter and that will help you make a difference today. Written in straightforward English, each book is structured as a seven-day course so that with just a little work each day, you will quickly master the subject. In a fast-changing world, this series enables readers not just to get up to speed, but to get ahead.
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    Brand Management In A Week

    By Paul Hitchens, Julia Hitchens
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    Paul Hitchens, Julia Hitchens
    Brand management just got easierSuccessful brands provide meaning: a higher purpose, a vision of a better future, a code of values, and a culture that drives performance. Brands with meaning stand out in their marketplace and attract like-minded people: customers, employees, suppliers and investors. Successful brand management clearly differentiates organizations, products and services from their competitors and inspires advocacy from all stakeholders. Building a strong brand takes much more than a week: it requires an on-going commitment to excellence. This updated second edition of Brand Management In A Week provides a proven seven-day program on the principles of brand management. It takes you from the conceptual and planning stage through to implementation and sustainability. It's packed with tips and insights gained from decades of industry experience to help you jump-start your brand and give you the tools and confidence to manage it through the hurdles of the business landscape.Each of the seven chapters in Brand Management In A Week covers a different aspect:- Sunday: Determine your brand focus- Monday: Define your brand strategy- Tuesday: Express your brand through its identity- Wednesday: Evolve your brand culture- Thursday: Build your employer brand- Friday: The importance of design- Saturday: Sustaining the brand
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