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Finding Happiness at Work

The Art of Happiness at Work

Title: The Art of Happiness at Work
By: Dalai Lama XIV

The Art of Happiness at Work (2003) is the second collaboration by His Holiness Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard C. Cutler, an American psychiatrist, following their The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living (1988). It focuses on finding happiness at work, a topic touching the lives of the majority of us, who have to work to take care of ourselves and our families.

The Art of Happiness at Work is at once both a spiritual and a practical book. It traces the root of widespread job dissatisfaction by analyzing three types of attitudes: 1) work for money; 2) work as a career ladder; and 3) work as a calling. As Buddhism teaches, everything is relative, and there is no 100% satisfaction in life. Promotions and important jobs do not necessarily bring us more happiness, for there are always better jobs out there with more pay. According to current statistics and studies, the satisfaction drawn from pay increase and promotion lasts no more than a year. By comparison, transforming work into a calling has a much better chance of providing lasting happiness.

The Art of Happiness at Work is applicable to both private and public sectors, even though the book is placed in the private/corporate environ. It teaches us a set of life coping skills to tackle issues like nepotism, communications with your boss/management, and methods to transform negative emotions into inner contentment, to transform challenges into opportunities. To obtain true happiness at work, we need to have a new outlook and spiritual strength to cope inwardly and train our minds peacefully.

Amazon review calls the book “â€Ĥa modern-day Socratic dialogue in which Cutler asks the Dalai Lama about the difficulties and rewards we might encounter in the workplace.” Through the dialogue, we can acquire a better understanding of many basic concepts, such as karma, universal compassion, personal initiates vs. contentment, contentment vs. complacency, inflated self-image vs. low self-esteem, making money vs. the Buddhist "right livelihood,” and work and personal identity. Because of its unique dialogue format, the audio version narrated by Robert O'Keefe seems to be an even more effective and compassionate way to reach us readers.

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Posted by Hui-Lan on Aug. 29, 2011 at 8 a.m.

Early Language Learning

How Babies Talk:  The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life

Title: How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life
By: Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.

I found the book fascinating! The authors discuss language development in children beginning before birth. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a particular age range and within each chapter various language studies are discussed. They talk about how the studies were conducted, what was learned, and they also include many real-life examples such as conversations between parents and their children. There is a lot of information packed in this book but the author has written it in such a way that it's easy to follow. I now feel I have a much better understanding of how my baby's language skills are developing and what to expect as she gets older. I highly recommend checking this one out!

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Posted by cockerillj on Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.

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