The Simple Secrets for Becoming Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages

Sociologists, therapists, and psychiatrists have spent entire careers investigating the ins and outs of health, success, and happiness, but their findings are inaccessible to ordinary people, hidden in obscure journals seen only by other experts.

Now David Niven, the international bestselling author of the Simple Secrets series, has collected the most current and significant data from more than a thousand of the best scientific studies on three of the most important aspects of our daily lives. Niven has boiled these findings down to sound, succinct advice for each day of the year, presenting 365 essential ways to find and maintain health, wealth, and wisdom. Each entry is accompanied by a true story showing the results in action. Whether you want to enhance your body, your bank account, your IQ, or all three, this bestselling series offers 365 essential ways to let science help you.

 

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Contents

Motivation Beats Everything
1
Be Happy to Succeed
2
Give Yourself Time
3
Creativity Comes from Within
4
The Mundane Is Heroic
5
Never Give
6
See Possibilities Where Others See Obstacles
7
The Quest for a Perfect Body Is Doomed
8
Learn from Losses
30
The Best Life Needs No Trophy
1
Control Your Health
2
Transitions Can Be Both Happy and
3
Stay Safe in the
4
Leadership Is Contagious
5
Dont Romanticize the Past
6
Laughter Really Is Medicine
7

Dont Let Your First Idea Be Your Only Idea
9
What You Do Matters
10
There Are Second Chances
11
Wonder
12
Volunteer for Yourself
13
Use a Plan Not a Piecemeal Approach
14
You Have Nothing to Envy in Your Partner
15
Resist the Urge to Be Average
16
Too Much of a Good Thing Is Too Much
17
Its Never Just One Thing
18
Change Is Possible Not Easy
19
Know Your Health
20
Its Not How Hard You
21
You Cant Force Yourself to Like Broccoli
22
The Past Is Not the Future
23
Competence Starts with Feeling Competent
24
Were Too Good at Imagining the WorstCase Scenario
25
Set Rules for Conflict in Your Relationship
26
Give Yourself the Best Chance to Eat Well
27
You Are Never Too Old to Improve Your Habits
28
A Victory at All Costs Is Not a Victory
29
You Have to Have
30
Accomplish Something Every
31
You Must Approve of Yourself
1
Healthy Living Is an Attitude
2
Write Down the Directions
3
Its the Little Things That Matter the Most
4
Couch Time Affects Body and Mind
5
Winners Are Made Not Born
6
See the Love Around
7
The Cold Doesnt Give You a Cold
8
Anticipate Irrationality
9
Attitude Triumphs over Outcome
10
The Best Defense Is to Listen
11
Always Being Right Is Wrong for Your Health
12
How We See the World Is More Important Than How the World
13
Express Your Love
14
Eat Your Spinach
15
Dont Be Bound by Tradition
16
Seek Input from Your Opposites
17
Avoid Tanning Beds
18
Know What Makes You Happy and What Makes You
19
Wipe Dont Blow
20
Do Things in Order
21
Avoid Internet Takeover
22
You Can Worry Your Health Away
23
Seek Harmony in Your Life
24
Take Small Victories
25
Theres Never Been a Better Time
26
Effort Does Not Equal Success
27
Its OK to Be Right When Everyone Else Is Wrong
28
Think in Concrete Terms
1
Slow Music for Dinner
2
A Relationship Requires Two Equals
3
Cleaning Isnt Clean
4
Get Experience Any Way You
5
Cultivate a Common Interest
6
Health Is Mental and Physical
7
Embrace Challenges
8
Look Up Literally
9
Tell Your Family Story
10
SelfMotivation Works Once
11
There Are No Mind Readers
12
Do What You Say You Are Going to
13
Put Stuff in Its Place
14
History Isnt Everything
15
Theres No Point to Putting on a Show
16
Speak Slowly
17
Pursue What You Need Forever Not What You Want Today
18
Dont Buy the Fountain of Youth
19
Make Your Mark on the Next Generation
20
Do One Thing at a Time
21
Remember Who You Are and Where You
22
Relationships Are Not Random
23
Emergencies Cant Wait
24
Treat the Disease Not the Symptom
25
Help the Next Person Who Needs Some Minor Assistance
26
Negotiate with Confidence or Dont
27
Your Surroundings Will Affect Your Health Approach
28
Money Cant Buy Love but It Can Buy Stress
29
Where You Stand Depends on Where You Look
30
Keep Going
31
Overcome the Culture of Failure
1
Play the Odds
2
Decide Whether You Want to Win or Be Happy
3
Travel the Stable Road
4
Mold Is EverywhereRelax
5
The Most Time Is Not the Best Time
6
The Past Is Not the Future
7
Look on the Bright Side
8
Avoid Generational Competition
9
Drink Less
10
Try Something
11
Remember the Task Forget the Rankings
12
Find a Community That Fits Your Family
13
Turn Off the
14
Honor Your Spiritual Beliefs
15
Drink Grape Juice
16
Get a Good Nights Sleep
17
Drive Safely When Its Safe
18
Seek a Tall Plateau Not the Peak
19
A Sense of Humor Helps
20
Avoid the SecondGuess Paralysis
21
Eat Less but Eat Often
22
See Around Career Roadblocks
23
Be Engaged to Reality
24
You Dont Have to Get Straight As Anymore
25
Write Down Your Thoughts
26
Fitness Is Free
27
Theres No Need to Hurry
28
Volunteer to Achieve
29
It Doesnt Matter Who Earns the Money
30
Notice Patterns
1
Get Out of the
2
Its Always a Choice
3
Its Less What Happened Than What Happened Next
4
Forgiveness Helps You Heal
5
There Is Plenty of Time
6
Do Not Go to War with Bacteria
7
Be Open
8
Home Means More Than Work to Your Health
9
Balance Depends on Which Way You Lean
10
Buy Fun Not Stuff
11
Happy Looks for Happy
12
Ask Whether a Medicine Is Right for
13
Beware of Fairy Tales
14
Lessons Cant Threaten
15
Stay in Control
16
Use the Stairs
17
The Future Matters More Than the Past
18
Listen to Your Favorite Music
19
Separate Hype from Substance
20
It Starts and Ends with
21
See the Big Picture
22
Make Your Work a Calling
23
Stretch
24
You Need to Know More Than Just How Talented You
25
Ask Where Your Water Comes From
26
You Dont Have to See Eye to Eye on Everything
27
Have a Tomato Any Way You Like
28
Success Is Formula Not Fantasy
29
Accentuate the Positive in All Aspects of Your Life
30
Efficiency in Everything
31
SelfProtection Prevents SelfReflection
1
Ambivalence Is a Negative
2
Let Your Stress
3
Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day but How Exactly?
4
Theres No Better Time to Be Sick
5
A Relationship Starts with Yourself
6
Breathe Right
7
Use Your Own SelfInterest
8
Doing Nothing Is Rarely a Solution
9
Accept YourselfUnconditionally
10
SecondHand Smoke Is Optional
11
Listening Is More Than Not Talking
12
Youll Get Knocked Down and Then Get Back
13
Keep Your Fears in Line
14
Television and Eating Should Not Go Together
15
Think of Your Own Ideal
16
Communicate on Your Listeners Terms
17
Talk to Your Pharmacist
18
Let Go of the Burden of Pain
19
Boredom Is the Enemy
20
Share Housework
21
Role Models Are Not One Size Fits
22
The Mirror Will Be Kinder
23
Common Chores Can Be Dangerous
24
Foundations Are Created in the Beginning
25
Get Away from It
26
Study Your Sports Drink
27
Make Change Count
28
Develop a Healthy Calm
29
View Your Life As a Choice
8
Life Is Not a ZeroSum Game
9
Dont Confuse Stuff with Success
10
Respond to Stress
11
Have an Orange
12
Share the Praise and Share in the Blame
13
Embrace WorkIt May Have to Last Forever
14
Dont Gamble Your Future
15
Combinations Matter
16
Resolve to Pursue Resolution
17
Limit Your Exposure to Pesticides
18
Even in a Relationship You Are Still an Individual
19
Want Support? Deserve
20
Make Should and Want the Same Thing
21
The Fun Is Not Over
22
Build Your Energy Level Gradually
23
Meaningful Commitment Is Mutual Commitment
24
You Will Give Up Faster If Youre Not in Control
25
Anything Beats Boredom
26
Most People Are Sensitive to Whitening Teeth
27
Like the Way You Look
28
Remember Ginkgo Biloba Wont Help You Remember
29
Think About Potential
30
Youll Get What Youre Afraid
31
See the Beauty Around
1
Whet Your Appetite for Success
2
Write Through Pain
3
To Find a Better Way Look Where Youve Been
4
Tell Clean Jokes
5
Turn Off the
6
Dont Bring Your Job Home with
7
Practice Maintenance for Life
8
Dont Pack Like a Mule
9
Look for Value
10
Never Trade Your Morals for Your Goals
11
Dont Let Irritation Be Louder Than
12
Sleep Well
13
Recognize the Value of Shared Values
14
Get Your Motivation Where You Can Find
15
Have Some Tea with Your Remodeling
16
We Assume Similar Preferences
17
Memories Are Not Lost
18
Nobody Wins Without a Loser
19
If Youre Not Sure Guess Positively
20
Understand What Youre Looking
21
See Your Goals
22
ShortTerm Stress Is Healthy
23
Prepare for Milestones
24
Your Health Isnt Just About
25
Dont Want Everything
26
Rest UpThis Is Going to Take Some Effort
27
Your Lives Must Fit Together
28
Find a Physician You Like
29
Dont Let Secrets Eat You
30
Remember the Difference Between You and Everybody Else
31
Be an Expert
1
Root for the Home Team
2
The Future Can Be Brighter Than the Past
3
Religion Can Help Ease Your Burden
4
Regrets Hold Us Back
5
Your Teeth Are More Than Something to Chew
6
Define What You Need
7
You Cant Be Persistent Without Perspective
8
Youll Need Some Relationship Friends
9
Your Goals Are a Living Thing
10
Limit Yourself to Thinking About One Subject As You Go to Sleep
11
Express Yourself in What You
12
Hostility Hurts
13
Changing Jobs Doesnt Change
14
Share What You Know
15
Home Is Where Accidents Happen
16
Take Off Your Blinders
17
Smell Healthy
18
Music Can Bring Us Together
19
You Are Not in This Alone
20
Value the Multiple Uses of Aspirin
21
Make Your Decisions for Positive Reasons
22
Think About Who You Ought to
23
Noise Matters
24
Work on Your Own Terms
25
Never Let Faults Stand for the Whole
26
Care
27
Dont Accept Televisions Picture of the World
28
Dont Wait to Start Moving in the Right Direction
29
Failure Is Not to
30
If You Dont Believe No One Else Will
1
Dont Let Negativity Build
2
See a New
3
Remember the Drugs We Tend to Forget
4
The Pieces of Your Life Must Fit Together
5
Youll Work Harder If You Feel Wanted
6
Do You Work in a Sick Building?
7
Show You Care Even When Its Hard
8
Electric Brushing Is Easier But Not Much Different
9
Avoid RollerCoaster Emotions
10
We Are All Much More Alike Than Different
11
Value Practical Knowledge
12
Guilt Is Bad for
13
Are You Lonely?
14
Be Careful with Botox
15
Limit Your Interest in the Past
16
Dont Talk to Yourself
17
Money Cant Buy Happiness
18
Pay Attention to Your Dreams
19
Choose Not to Worry
20
A Relationship Is Built on a Foundation of Support
21
Limit Your Piercings
22
Seek Coherence and Congruence
23
Where You Live Matters
24
Dont Let Others Set Your Goals
25
See the Risk in Doing Nothing
26
Your History Strengthens Your Future
27
We Look Inward to See How People Feel About
28
Keep Variety in Mind When Exercising
29
Get Your Reality from Reality
30
It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better
31
Vote
1
Connect See Youre Capable and Know You Count
2
You Need to Know What You Are Looking
3
The Most Treatment Is Not the Best Treatment
4
Life Gets Easier
5
Avoid the Comparison Game
6
Cherish Animals
7
The Benefits of Alcohol Must Be Weighed Against the Risks
8
Own What You
9
Beware of Second Opinions
10
Be Realistic About Yourself
11
Adjustments Never
12
Recognize the Difference Between Caution and Fear
13
Youll Forget the Disagreement but Remember the Disagreeing
14
Dont Forget Packaging
15
Vitamin Levels Do Not Have to Be Constant
16
Learn to Lead Yourself
17
Dont Let the Holidays Ruin Your Health
18
Always Think About Whats Next
19
You Are Never Too Old to Find Love
20
Stretch Out and Fly Right
21
Foundations Shift but Life Stands
22
Closeness Cannot Be Measured on a
23
Believe You
24
Hug for Health
25
Exercise for Your Mind
26
You Are Complete by Yourself
27
Be Honest for Your Future
28
Find Your Own Path
29
Why Not Be Optimistic?
30
Your Life Has Purpose and Meaning
1
Can I Do It? Ask Yourself
2
Pets Are Healthy
3
Have Faith but Dont Forget Reality
4
Be Careful What You Ask
5
Take Action
6
Health Is About Life
7
The Search for Perfection Is Endless
8
Win Your Own Respect First
9
Think As If Others Can Read Your Mind
10
Dont Drown Yourself in Water
11
Relationships Are Like Modern
12
Keep Your Goals Where You Can See Them
13
Make Health a Convenience
14
Dont Settle
15
People Who Have It Right Work Harder to Make It Better
16
What Is the Point?
17
Its Not Easy Even If It Looks
18
Hope Springs Internal
19
Completely Healthy Is Rare
20
We Seek Warmth
21
Dont Run in the Wrong Direction Just Because Youre Near the Finish Line
22
Do It
23
Happiness Is Not an Accident
24
Master Your Fears
25
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David Niven, Ph.D., bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series, is a psychologist and social scientist who teaches at Ohio State University.

David Niven, Ph.D., es el autor de los bestsellers internacionales Los 100 Secretos de la Gente Exitosa, y Los 100 Secretos de las Buenas Relaciones. Es psicólogo y científico social, y enseña en la Florida Atlantic University.

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