Trying Not to Try

  • Auteur: Edward Slingerland
  • ISBN: 0770437621
  • Date de sortie: 2014-03-04
  • Collection: Crown
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A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire. In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called wu-wei (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it. With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from wu-wei to the Force in Star Wars, explains why wu-wei is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of wu-wei—why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible. Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. Trying Not To Try is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture. From the Hardcover edition.

I Try To Be A Good Person

  • Auteur: Trisha Callella-Jones
  • ISBN: 9781574713374
  • Date de sortie: 1998-03-01
  • Collection: Creative Teaching Press
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A young girl demonstrates the traits of honesty, caring, good sportsmanship, helpfulness, friendship, patience and selflessness in a variety of school settings.

Try to See It My Way

  • Auteur: B. Janet Hibbs Ph.D.
  • ISBN: 1101029323
  • Date de sortie: 2009-03-05
  • Collection: Penguin
  • Total Download: 9902
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a deeply probing book that gets to the heart of what all healthy romantic relationships need: fairness Most couples enter marriage hoping it will last forever-so why are more and more relationships failing? As Dr. B. Janet Hibbs explains, the key to solving most relationship problems-whether relating to money, children, chores, sex, or in-laws-is through a shared sense of fairness. Intuitively, we think we know what's "fair." But as this book reveals, the way we each understand fairness is much more complex, and is powerfully shaped by our family expectations and experiences. Dr. Hibbs provides readers with a road map for recognizing imbalances and building a stronger, more loving relationship based on a new kind of fairness. Filled with compassion, practical advice, and compelling, real-life examples throughout, this book offers a groundbreaking understanding of the issues that divide couples over time-and how they can be happier and closer than ever.

Try It Diet Sugar Free

  • Auteur: Adams Media
  • ISBN: 1440534799
  • Date de sortie: 2011-12-01
  • Collection: Adams Media
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Think all diets have to be boring and bland? Think again. With Try-It Diet: Sugar-Free, you’ll get a taste for the nutritional plan without having to give up great tasting food like Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast, Roasted Citrus Pork Tenderloin, and New York-Style Cheesecake. Now the information you need to start eating healthy and living fully is right at your fingertips. And with two weeks worth of original menus complete with easy-to-follow recipes, you’ll be able to stick to the plan without being stuck eating the same thing every day. Go ahead and give it a try!

Try and Stick with It

  • Auteur: Cheri J. Meiners
  • ISBN: 1575427958
  • Date de sortie: 2004-09-15
  • Collection: Free Spirit Publishing
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It’s hard to try new things—for adults as well as children. It’s even harder to stay the course when something is more difficult than we thought it would be, or when things don’t work out the way we hoped. Yet flexibility and perseverance are essential to success in all areas of life, at all ages and stages. This book introduces children to the benefits of trying something new and the basics of stick-to-it-iveness. Includes suggestions adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.

One More Try

  • Auteur: Shannon M. Sloan
  • ISBN: 1617770760
  • Date de sortie: 2012-06
  • Collection: Tate Publishing
  • Total Download: 8685
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'Elijah?' I ask, but he doesn't answer. 'Elijah...can you hear me?' I ask more frightened than before; still nothing. 'Elijah!' I scream at him. His head lays slumped against the frame of the door as I try to reach out for him but can't...I am trapped. Emma Fisher is quickly learning that her life is exactly the way her brother said it was. She has spent her entire high school career in the grips of the popular crowd, playing their games and following their lead. No one wants to step up and make a change, but sometimes fate intervenes, and we don't have a choice. One night of fun turns fatal when fate crashes through the future Emma thought she had. Now, with the death of her twin brother, Emma is left to pick up the pieces by herself and hope for better days. Emma finds just the change she needs when new kid Caleb McEnroe, a looker with a bad boy image, comes to town. Emma is forced to appear in court and confront her brother's slayer. But things don't go as planned when a scornful someone sets out to make sure that Emma and her newfound friends don't get One More Try... Author Shannon Sloan discovered her passion for writing in high school. Shannon lives in Nevada with her husband, Michael, and four children.

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing

  • Auteur: Alan Dundes
  • ISBN: 9780814323588
  • Date de sortie: 1991
  • Collection: Wayne State University Press
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Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing documents the thriving folklore tradition that circulates in the workplace. Alan Dundes and Carl Pagter have collected more than two hundred and fifty "signs of the times"—the office memoranda, parodies, cartoons, and poems that daily make their way through copy machines, interoffice mail systems, and fax machines and are affixed to bulletin boards and water coolers. The rich vein of urban folklore tapped by this imaginative volume constitutes a great testament to one of the world's most prolific authors—anonymous. The popularity of the items featured in this timely book is apparent by their reproduction in mass or popular cultural form—as greeting cards, plaques, and bumper stickers—reminding us of the inevitable interplay between folklore and mass culture. Dundes and Pagter clearly demonstrate the existence of folklore in the modern urban technological world and refute the notion that folklore reflects only the past.
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