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Publisher's Summary

Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to - the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.

Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and a speaker, writer, and mother, found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques - prioritizing, multitasking, delegating, even napping - but none really worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herself - without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home - she road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energy - or that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed, and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, The Sweet Spot shows us how to:

  • say "no" strategically and when to say "yes" with abandon
  • make decisions about routine things once to free our minds to focus on higher priorities
  • stop multitasking and gain efficiency
  • "take recess" in sync with the brain's need for rest
  • use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy
  • increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions

©2015 Christine Carter (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A gift, like a good friend drawing a personal road map out of the crazy busy swirl of our overloaded lives." (Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed)
"This book did something I thought was impossible: It seemed to give me more time." (Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World)
"A page-turning thriller full of proven ways to have the life you want." (Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness)

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  • Tim
  • Frisco, TX, United States
  • 02-12-15

If you only buy one self-help book, this is it!

The author uses her own life's experiences and research while boiling down much of what is explained in other books by Carol Dweck, Csikszentmihalyi, and Viktor Frankl, into an easy to follow way of changing your outlook and improving you life. Great book!

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Really really nice and inspiring!

I completely loved the book and the way it was narrated! I felt inspired by all the ideas and I found really useful all the small tips and tricks to use to apply them. I recommended it to all my friends and after I finished listening to it I felt like I have to find another nice book to make me smile before bedtime or early in the morning when I am struggling to get up. Definitely worth my time!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Very insightful and offers small things you can do to take a step toward achieving your goals.

What other book might you compare The Sweet Spot to and why?

Big Magic

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

No

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I will probably listen to it again!

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thank you

gave me great insight into gaining my groove in work and life. I love how the author tied in and re.inded me of the sweet spot equation. This is highly effective. I also incorprorated and learned meditation from the resources she provided.

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Put this next to your bible

A how-to manual on how to live, this book covers so much more and in such great detail then I thought it would. It has already made a huge impact on my life and I am about to read it over again.

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Highly recommended.

This book not only feels actionable but it's profoundly inspiring and is deeply researched. I feel that I can recommend it to people who are left brained and people who are right brained. I want a physical copy so I can quickly reference it as needed and I absolutely plan on listening to this book again. Very grateful to have stumbled upon it, and Dr. Carter.

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Worthwhile read

Lots of practical tips for how to find your sweet spot. I appreciate that this is not just a litany of tasks routines to try. The author offers supporting case and compelling research to back up practices shared. Interestingly enough I was coming off of a huge trying work project as I was reading this. So it became very clear how and when I was working from my sweet spot and when I was not. And though I cannot say that I was magically able to apply tips from the book and turn things around immediately. I can say knowing that I was operating outside of my sweet spot helped me to quiet the inner critic and cut myself some slack.

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Great resource

I wish I had written this book! I have read all the studies and books that Dr Carter refers to since I am a Positive Psych junkie. It was nice to have it all in one place - but the most helpful part about it was the suggestions for ways to implement the research. For example I read Duhig's book on habits, but I left wanting more recommendations on how to implement the research. Dr Carter puts it all in here. Great resource.

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  • Trudi
  • Westminster, CO, United States
  • 05-20-15

Book of real significance

Christine Carter does a beautiful job of helping you focus on what is most important. She also give you a wealth of advice and research on finding a truly fulfilling life. I am currently enjoying any improvements in my life by following her ways of creating micro habits to create a life of "ease".

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  • rc
  • 04-01-15

Great perspective gets a reality check

I appreciate author's simplicity - mindfulness, personalizing the process, and experiencing life. A great little book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-17

A good intro guide.

A good guide to different subjects, but covers too many subjects without going in deep with anyone.

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  • Runa
  • 05-11-17

uplifted

great book to renew your vigour..loved this....
It's a great listen and will help u to get back to basics

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-26-15

Highly recommend

Found this book very inspiring and useful. It has a lot of useful content for all different areas in your life. Lots to think about and try.

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  • Meagan
  • 05-29-15

Fantastic read!!

I found this book wonderful. It was well read, practical and made me smile, laugh and cry! I have just finished listening to it and want to start at the beginning again.........You won't be disappointed with this one :)

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