Magic Words: 101 Powerful Ways to Navigate Life's Challenges

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Mar 5, 2002 - Self-Help - 208 pages
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A comprehensive collection of powerful phrases to help you face a variety of life’s challenges.

Travelers to foreign countries often carry handy phrase books to help them navigate uncharted territory. Now there’s a guide for getting through tough times in plain English–an essential selection of well-honed phrases to help you soothe and smooth your way through any prickly situation.

Divided into three sections–Magic Words to say to yourself, to others, and for universal situations–this invaluable guide contains the verbal keys to the kingdom. Protect yourself in the midst of a tongue-lashing (“Are you actually yelling at me?”); politely remind an obnoxious cell-phone abuser to be courteous (“Don’t forget, you’re not in a phone booth”); or chant this mantra when things seem to be slipping over the edge (“If you want to gain control, you have to give up control”).

Life is full of little, and big, stumbling blocks. Whether you’re dealing with an over-inflated ego, meddling in-laws, or even creating the problems yourself, this sharp little handbook has all the Magic Words you need to get through the toughest of times.

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Hopelessly dated examples of trite sayings by 90s successful folk. A generous 3 stars. Read full review


Ive Decided Not to Decide
Lets Quit While Were Behind
Why Are You Asking?
How About Letting Me Be a Pillow of Strength?
This Is a Pewter Opportunity
Lets Read the Writing on the Wall
Let Me Think About

Let It
Its Only
Sitting on the Fence Is Fine for My
Stress Level No 5
Ill Sing for My Supper butI Wont Audition 12 When You Draw the Line Do It in Cement
Playing Fast and Loose Is Fine on the Football Field
Why Am I Smiling When I Feel Angry as Hell?
Anyone Can Screw Me Once I Said Once
Ill Take the Next Flight
Dont Think I Want You in My Lifeboat
Only Need
Mope or Cope? Its Really an Easy Call
There Are Better Things to Take a Chance on Than Lottery Tickets
1The Folks
2The ExSpouse
3The Siblings
1The Boss
2The Friends
3The Kids
Share Your Fears with Yourself and Your Courage with Others
Clarity Tomorrow or the Next Day
Of All the Many Voices Listen to the Nearest OneYours
Get Your Ego Out of
IfI Dont Start I Dont Have a Problem
When Is Saying Im Sorry Not Enough?
Im Going to Lend Myselfa Helping Hand
If You Want to Gain Control You Have to Give Up Control
Hey Its Only the Second Inning
If Lions Are Such Messy Eaters Why Do I Always Want the Lions Share?
Im Not Lonely When Im Alone
Keep in Motion or K I M
Have to Stop Grieving for You Now But Im Never Going to Stop Loving You
The Gift ofWorry
Think DontFeel
Dont Punt on the First Down
Step Back to Get Closer
So Your Name Goes Here Why Are You Buying This?
Mirror Mirror Who the Hell Am
This Stress Belongs to
Are You Actually Yelling at
Please Dont Be So Rude
A StiffUpper Lip Should Tremble Now and Then 62 I Want to Give You Another Shot
Lets Have a Bad Time
Im Mystified
Even a Frisbee Takes Sides
You Cant Try Again Until You Hang
An Old Broom Generally Sweeps as Well as a New
Its Not the Cure for Cancer
Can You Save
Now or Never? Give Us a Break
Its a Rough Patch in the Long Road of Life
INeed Your Help
Washing Dirty Linen Should Only Be Done in the Laundromat
How Can We Split Up If We Havent Even Started Yet?
What Do You Know That I Dont Know?
Thats More Than I Care to Know
My Being on Time Really Requires Your Help
Hey Youre Standing on My Foot
A Few Good Friends Make You Very Popular
Dont Forget Youre NOT in a Telephone Booth
Like to Dance but Cant We Take Turns Leading?
Handle with Flair
You Cant Run the Race Unless You See the Finish Line
Look Closely at the First Syllable of CONfidence
The 60 Percent Solution
There Are Some Boxes You Should Just Not Open
Viagra Unlike Niagara Falls That Is Is a TwoWay Proposition
A Fact in Time Saves More Than Nine
Praise Is a Short Word That Goes a Long
Theres Only One Condition for Friendship
Not Every Improvement Is a Meaningful Improvement
If You Werent There You Really Werent There
The Devil Does Rentals
Anger Is One Letter Short of Danger
When You Get into a Downward Spiral Hit the Ground Running
Public Enemy
Ego Snacks
The Clean Slate Club
Time Is Honey
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Howard Kaminsky was the president and publisher of three major publishing houses: Warner Books, Random House, and William Morrow/Avon. Also the author of several screenplays, four novels (cowritten with his wife, Susan), and numerous magazine articles, he lives in New York City and Connecticut. Alexandra Penney’s four bestsellers include the mega-hit How to Make Love to a Man. In addition to serving as editor in chief of Self magazine, she has written lifestyle columns for The New York Times Magazine and contributed regularly to numerous others. Currently launching a national magazine for women called Real, she lives in New York City.

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