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The Freedom to Love is Paramount in Ariana Mansour’s ‘He Never Deserved Me’

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For most American women, we cannot conceive of marrying a man we don’t love, much less marrying a man our parents and community chooses for us. Not to say that this doesn’t happen in some regions and/or faiths, or that it wasn’t a more common phenomenon in another time and place, but since the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and the mainstreaming of modern feminism, American women have been fighting for respect; not just respect of our persons, but of our needs, desires, passions and our choices. We won’t always make the right choices as life is overwrought with bad mistakes that began with the purest of intentions. But, we should be allowed to make those mistakes in a…

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Science and Humor Explode in Weike Wang’s ‘Chemistry’

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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the book Chemistry! Author Weike Wang’s unnamed narrator, a Chinese-American Ph.D. student, lives with her redheaded boyfriend behind her traditional parents’ backs. Despite the high expectations for their daughter to become a chemist, she is unable to be successful in her research, losing interest in her male dominated field and having difficulty making decisions regarding her career and her relationship. The boyfriend proposed but she is just not feeling it enough to say yes, yet she doesn’t immediately say no. Caught in ambiguity, with nonscientific questions of the heart on her mind, and confusion about her future hanging in the balance, she searches inside herself to understand who she is, flaws and…

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Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant’ is an Unexpected Treasure

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An unexpected treasure; this surprisingly touching story is about Eleanor Oliphant, an odd character with traits reminiscent of eccentric and lovable Don Tillman from The Rosie Project and maybe even oddball Ove from A Man Called Ove. In Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, unknown tragic beginnings have shaped Eleanor’s life of monotony, resulting in her being an outcast. Days have been peppered with bouts of depression and have lead to her acceptance of the most basic existence. Socially anxious and at times delusional, Eleanor’s inner struggle shows itself on the outside with an obvious clue; she has a scar on her face…often times the elephant in the room. Eleanor develops a casual friendship with Raymond, the slightly offensive IT guy at work,…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Rebecca Gordon and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Stephanie Marango and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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Spiritual Mentor Barb Schmidt Can Help You Achieve Mindfulness

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We’re told that mindfulness means living in the moment and truly taking in every experience—but how do we achieve mindfulness? Barb Schmidt, spiritual mentor, philanthropist and author of the bestselling book, The Practice (HCI, 2014), knows what it means to be happy. For many years, Schmidt fell into the trap that “happiness” meant having money, power and possessions. It wasn’t until she dealt with her eating disorder and learned to live mindfully that she found true happiness in life. For more on how she achieved this and tips on practicing mindfulness, read her story at NextAvenue.

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Spartan Up! Happiness Guru Amit Kumar on What Makes Life Most Fulfilling

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Amit Kumar attends Cornell University and studies happiness. That’s right, he is studying what makes people happy and why. One thing that he has discovered is that experiences, not material things, lead to long-term happiness. Kumar spoke with Spartan Up’s Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan Race, about why experiences make life most fulfilling. For more, watch the Podcast above. ABOUT SPARTAN UP! THE PODCAST: Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and a New York Times bestselling author, inspires millions of people all over the world to get off the couch and take on any obstacle, on an off the course. In Spartan Up! The Podcast, Joe travels the globe to explore what it means to…

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Live Interview with Wendy Treynor: Turn Your Tragedy into a Treasure… A Treasure Map to Happiness

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Save the Date… What you are about to read has been proven to increase love of life when heard and make people significantly happier. This life-changing book, with 120+ color illustrations, 15+ journal entries, and 193 inspiring, life lessons, is in a class of its own. Wendy warns:’Read it at your own risk. You want to be happy? Then follow me!’ as she communicates a little-known secret–a universal cause of human suffering and its cure–that offers breakthrough understanding to help you heal yourself and our world. ”Wendy Treynor had endured a lifetime of rejection. Why were some people so mean? What could be done about it? Going to graduate school to find out, she launched a quest to heal herself and…

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Now What? Fulfilling your need to change

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So maybe you feel lost. You’ve been out of work seemingly forever. You have skills, you have passion—heck, you even have a resume that blows away most of your peers—but you just can’t seem to find a way to land the dream job that you’ve been looking for, despite your best efforts. And now, you’re at the point where even looking for a job seems pointless. Or perhaps you’re just stuck. You successfully climbed the ladder, you’re in the job that you searched for your entire life, and you’ve had it for years. You have everything you thought you ever wanted, including a good paycheck. But still, something seems—wrong. Somehow, you know this isn’t where you really want to be.…

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Barb Schmidt has a de-stressing strategy for the holidays with The Practice

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So it’s Thanksgiving again, and the entire family is over for dinner. Uncle Phil has had a little too much wine. Your teenage daughter is fighting with you over seeing her boyfriend, who you can’t stand. Grandpa is on a rant over the Republicans (or is it the Democrats?).  And there’s a wild herd of kids upstairs, their thundering shoes carrying them from one room to the other and back again. Is it New Year’s yet? As much as we love the holidays and our families, this time of year can be tremendously stressful. More than ever, this is a period when we need to stop, breath and take care of ourselves. So says Barb Schmidt, spiritual coach, businesswoman, philanthropist…

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Inspirational author Barb Schmidt celebrates 30 years of recovery from bulimia

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“Something in the wind has learned my name And it’s telling me that things are not the same In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze There’s a pleasing sense of happiness for me.” —“Top of the World” by The Carpenters A pleasing sense of happiness. When I hear these words, I take a deep breath in and let out a sigh of profound joy. I am so very grateful to know what a sense of happiness feels like. I haven’t always felt this way. Thirty years ago I admitted to myself that I had a problem, that I could no longer live this way, that the happiness I had been seeking all the years leading…

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