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The Beethoven Factor: The New Positive Psychology of Hardiness, Happiness, Healing, and Hope

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True or false: Stress is good for you.

Conventional wisdom insists that the statement is false, that stress is a thief robbing us of our ability to relax and enjoy life to its fullest. But for centuries, poets and philosophers have celebrated the ups and downs of life as the very essence of living, the spice that enables us to taste life fully.

So who's right? The new, fast-

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Hampton Roads Publishing
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For Pearsall (The Pleasure Prescription), "'just making it through' and existing are ultimately never enough." To succeed, one must thrive, and that usually means overcoming great trauma and stress--much as Beethoven did to create his master works. Here, he presents case studies of everyday people who have beat the odds and are happier for it, with an eye toward developing such skills in readers. Thriving embodies what he calls "positive psychology" a passionate field that opposes the "pathology ...more
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Great book! All about positive psychology; how you should live your life.
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Dr. Paul Pearsall was a licensed clinical neuropsychologist, clinical professor at the University of Hawai`i, and on the Board of Directors of the Hawai`i State Consortium for Integrative Health Care. He was a member of the heart transplant study team at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and Senior Research Advisor for the Human Energy Systems Laboratory at the University of Arizona. ...more
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