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review 2017-06-26 01:57
How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie

"One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people's behavior by changing one's reaction to them."

As I read this book the main word that kept jumping out at me is 'manipulation.' 
By doing (or not doing) certain things, you are kind of manipulating the person into doing what you want. I am not a proponent of manipulation by any means. I do feel that helping the other person come to their own conclusions through some of these principles is helpful. 

I read a review on this book by a reader on GoodReads and she said that this book had a negative effect on her life. With any self-help books that you read, you must take things with a grain of salt. With "How To Win Friends And Influence People," I believe many of the insights are mainly geared to a person who is in business (salesperson.) That is not to say parts may not be applied to personal friendships/relationships. I think you have to remain true to your personality and not force something that is not natural. 

The negative reviewer said "The book basically tells you to be agreeable to everybody, find something to honestly like about them and compliment them on it, talk about their interests only and, practically, act like a people pleaser all the time. After being a smiley happy person with loads of friends for about a year, the unpleasant realization began to creep in, that by being so agreeable to everybody else, I rarely ever got my way. I also sustained friendships with people who were self-centered, so talking about their interests was all we got to do together, which drained me of my energy. The worst thing still, is that by trying to find something to like about every person, I completely disregarded their glaring faults. It didn't matter that those people did have redeeming
qualities - they weren't redeeming enough! I ended up with a bunch of friends I didn't really want and, because I was so preoccupied with "winning" those friendships I missed out on the chance to form relationships with good people."

I think what the reviewer did was to conform to the different principles and took them to heart a bit too much. There is definitely a time and place for everything and if you're using these principles all of the time, well that can seriously get tiring in my opinion. If you're thinking of reading this book because you are lonely & want friends, don't read it. 

I read this book on my Kindle and plan on going back to all of the notes I highlighted. A lot of what is presented in this book is common knowledge, it's just that it is presented in a way that really makes you think about how to use the principles. Having examples of each is also extremely helpful.

I think this book should be a requirement for college or anyone working in a business setting. I also believe it was completely written at the time aimed towards salesmen. Not all people have the natural ability to do the things presented in this book; some do. This book is obviously a best seller for a reason and I think the reason is the way the principles are presented.

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url 2017-06-23 21:05
Mindfulness Training Books Group: Tips, Videos, Interviews
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Chanting Mantras with Best Chords - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

#Mindfulness #Training Group sharing mindfulness. Links, interviews, videos...


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Source: www.goodreads.com/group/show/220405-mindfulness-training-alchemy-of-love
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url 2017-06-22 14:33
Mindful Being Blog, Videos, Interviews, Reviews
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mindful Being Blog, Videos, Interviews, Reviews. The book examines: Nutrition, Core Beliefs, Emotions, Mind Power offering 100s of self-development tools to increase Mindfulness, Creative Thinking, Joy and Love

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text 2017-06-21 02:23
DNF: The Brain That Changes Itself
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science - Norman Doidge

While the concept of Neuroplasticity - the ability of brains to continue to change even in adulthood - is fascinating, this book is less so.  I felt like the author was trying to emulate Oliver Sacks to use case studies as a way to tell the history of the change in paradigm from a localized adult brain to the possibility of change, but not quite getting there.



I skidded out in Chapter 4 Acquiring Tastes and Loves - what Neuroplasticity Teaches us about Sexual Attraction and Love.  And since the book is due back at the library, I'm going to officially DNF and move on to more interesting (fiction) and my next Booklikes-opoly read.



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text 2017-06-17 01:04
Booklikes-opoly | Free Friday Read #1! and Happy News!
Booklikes, the book blogging social platform



You would think a book as short and fast-paced as Don't Ever Stop wouldn't take long to read... but when Real Life clashes with Reading Life, things tend to get side-lined.  As I'd stated in a previous post, my little brother's wedding has come and gone, and the few days surrounding this event seemed like nothing but hectic activity.  There were relatives from out of town to entertain, there were a lot of last minute preparations for the wedding day, then there was the full-day event of the wedding day itself.

Truth be told, weddings are definitely very happy, wonderful, yet exhausting occasions.  Everyone's been pretty tired, and since I had to head right back to work the next night after the wedding, I think my body got quite worn out.  Days later, my feet are still sore; and needless to say, I got very little reading done.


Congratulations to the happy couple!


In this picture, they are feeding each other seafood soup.  I can vouch that it was delicious!

Anyway, after hijacking my own Booklikes-opoly update post for a bit of rambling news, onto the actual Booklikes-opoly update post!

First of all, I still haven't finished Don't Ever Stop by Leslie A. Kelly, the book from my most recent Roll #18.  It's not that it's a bad book or anything, on the contrary, it's starting to get interesting.  But there have been so much going on (see above), that reading has been the last thing on my mind.

But now with relatives all gone back home, and life getting back to its normal scheduling, I think I can finally settle back into my usual routine.


The rules have been tweaked, which means a lot of things, all of which you can find at the above linky that I will keep on all of my BLopoly update posts now.  Just like that (see above--all the way above to beginning of the post).  Or you could just click here since the first half of my post is a bit long.

Anyway, aside from doubling cash rewards, a location multiplier, and the opportunity to spend cash for extra rolls, Moonlight has also given us Free Book Friday:

Fourth is free book Friday. Regardless of the square you are on, you get a free choice on the next seven Fridays to read anything.

And basically, how this works is as follows:

Free Friday books are independent of the square, and are a way to earn a few extra dollars.  They do not count towards the location multiplier!

They do not have to be finished on Friday, they just have to be started on Friday.  They can be finished on any day of the week.  However, you can only have one Free Friday book going at a given time, so if the player hasn't finished the preceding Friday's free book, they don't get to start a new one.

So... just another way of making some extra reward money!  Yay!

I was going to wait until the next Friday to start my Free Book, seeing as how I've got two books going right now, and having some trouble concentrating on reading with all the real life activities going on.  But I figured, you know, it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and start a new book today to get the ball rolling.

Worst case scenario is that I don't finish it by next Friday and have to skip next Friday's free book.

So after some thought about what I wanted to read, I decided to get started on the last book in the Brothers Sinister series, which will successfully fulfill my Read a Series in a Month Challenge for June.


What better book to start my Free Friday read than a book with an MC named Free!  Well, Frederica Marshall, who goes by the nickname "Free," but who's splitting hairs?

And to be totally honest, with this book, I'm almost certain I will finish it before next Friday... unfortunately, that means I don't know how badly that will interfere with me trying to finish up my current Blopoly book, Don't Ever Stop.

We'll just play by ear.

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan is 322 pages.  And according to the new Game Shake Up rules, since all money awards have been doubled, this book will be worth $6.00!  If I finish this book before my regular BLopoly book, that will bring my Bank Balance to $82.00!

Current Bank:   $76.00



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-free-friday-read-1-and.html
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