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The Joy Diet: Ten Daily Practices for a Happier Life | [Martha Beck]

The Joy Diet: Ten Daily Practices for a Happier Life

Martha Beck, the beloved columnist and lifestyle counselor from O, The Oprah Magazine, returns with a new prescription for personal fulfillment. The Joy Diet shows readers how to add ten "ingredients" to their daily routine to change the course of their lives: to find purpose, overcome obstacles, heal wounds, and build dreams.
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Publisher's Summary

Martha Beck, the beloved columnist and lifestyle counselor from O, The Oprah Magazine, returns with a new prescription for personal fulfillment. The Joy Diet shows readers how to add ten "ingredients" to their daily routine to change the course of their lives: to find purpose, overcome obstacles, heal wounds, and build dreams. These are the ten most powerful life-enhancing behaviors Martha Beck has found in years of research and practice, clearly explained and served with poignant examples from her life design practice, her trademark good-humored wit, and straightforward instructions for incorporating them into everyday life. As Martha puts it, "the greatest thing you'll learn from actually practicing the Joy Diet is that money, love, and success... are the product of a joyful life, not the cause."

©2003 Martha Beck; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc., Published By Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Written in a down-to-earth, positive tone, the author's thoughtfully designed exercises, inspirational anecdotes and gentle advice should fall on fertile ground." (Publishers Weekly)
"These prescriptions will be inviting to everyone." (AudioFile)

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    Stacey Lawrenceville, GA, United States 01-28-05
    Stacey Lawrenceville, GA, United States 01-28-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Your own therapy session in a book"

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best self help books that I've ever come across. Be prepared however for some intense learnings that may at first seem un-familiar, unless you have actually been to a therapist/counselor before. This is a high powered therapy session for the masses on tape. Having had formal training as a counselor at the Masters level, I consider the approach used here to be outstanding. This is not however a casual, read it on the beach type book. It requires effort to use these techniques, so if you really don't intend to actually DO anything in the way of improving yourself, then go find The Time Travelers Wife and download it. That one works on the beach.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Peter LeverkusenGermany 10-03-04
    Peter LeverkusenGermany 10-03-04 Member Since 2004
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    "from the 50 books I heard this year - the best!"

    I love it.
    Funny, good deep insight and it helped me a lot :-)

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Millbury, MA, United States 07-30-05
    Judith Millbury, MA, United States 07-30-05
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    "Refreshing, Well Worth It."

    This book is witty, charming, and full of useful advice. The ten exercises are simple enough to understand and to incorporate into one's life.

    I found after the first couple of exercises that my overall life perceptions and views were changing and that my moods were improving.

    I highly recommend this wonderfully refreshing book!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Windsor, Ontario, Canada 02-27-06
    Colleen Windsor, Ontario, Canada 02-27-06
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    "Get this book!"

    I based my purchased on the previous reviews and they're right on the nose, this is a great book. Every once in a while I download a winning book I could listen to repeatedly. This is the one.
    Positive, insightful and I'm excited to dive in and try the suggested ingredients of the Joy Diet.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 07-18-07
    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 07-18-07 Member Since 2006
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    "May be better in ink"

    I found this book a bit repetitive, and although, the basic principles are probably sound advice, Beck really stretches them out. My interest faded as the chapter wore on. This would probably be best as a long magazine article rather than a book. It may also be better read than listened to, as I wished I had the list of practices to refer to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda DALE CITY, VA, United States 03-01-13
    Linda DALE CITY, VA, United States 03-01-13

    I love to read about economics, history, religion and culture. I am looking for uplifting books that teach me something as well as entertain.

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    "Very disapointed"
    Would you try another book from Martha Beck and/or Kathe Mazur?

    I was very hopeful about this book. However, the writer quickly lost credibility. I never made it more than half way through this book as the author's characterizations of others seemed so dishonest.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-10-12
    Kelli Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-10-12
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    "This Book Will FIll You Up!"
    What did you love best about The Joy Diet?

    The practical tools that we can use to change our lives and feel JOY on a regular basis.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Martha's humor makes all of her books so enjoyable to read or listen to.


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    Although there were no actual "Characters", Kathe Mazur did a great job "Channeling" Martha - her comic timing is perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Martha talks about becoming aware of the unspoken dynamics in the family and the workplace (and society as a whole) She encourages us to "break the rules" - to say things outloud (discussing them openly and honestly) so that we do not keep following systems out of habit and ignorance. This has had great impact on my life. Go Martha!!


    Any additional comments?

    A must have book for your "Toolbox"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Somerville, OH, United States 09-04-12
    Patricia Somerville, OH, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful book, perfect narrator"
    Would you listen to The Joy Diet again? Why?

    Yes. I am listening a second time now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Joy Diet?

    My son and I both enjoyed the part about giving yourself treats -- and the story of the dog Cookie, who smiles in anticipation of getting a cookie.


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    n/a. Kathe Mazur has great comic timing and inflection, and she has a friendly voice that's easy to listen to. She's a perfect narrator for a Martha Beck book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It helps to pause and think about each chapter and do the exercises.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam DOYLESTOWN, PA, United States 11-22-11
    Miriam DOYLESTOWN, PA, United States 11-22-11
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    "Practical ways to a life you love"

    I love Martha Beck's work. She's so smart, and funny, and loving all at once, and truth just rings out from every word. The Joy Diet is about loving your life, and Beck gives you a very structured, tested, step by step method for getting there. Along with a lot of examples from her own life (always funny) and her clients (always illuminating) about the trials and missteps we all make on the way.

    I only wish she read it herself. The narrator is fine, but I bet Beck's actual intonations would be more animated and intimate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leilani APO, AE, USA 06-26-10
    Leilani APO, AE, USA 06-26-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A Life Method"

    If you ever find your self in need of a direction, after having tried so many directions, here is much needed direction. As stated in a previous review this is not a beach book, it is one to listen to, read and do your homework with. I highly recommend you purchase the book to reference, there are even on-line work sheets to reference to help put valuable changes into practice. Enjoy the journey. Make the changes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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