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The Soft Addiction Solution: Break Free of the Seemingly Harmless Habits That Keep You from the Life You Want

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Have you ever wondered how you might carve more meaning and purpose out of your crowded days? The answer is simple: cut out the "soft addictions." As Judith Wright reveals in this revised and expanded edition of her classic self-help book There Must Be More Than This, many of us are addicted to seemingly harmless and socially sanctioned habits such as shopping, watching TV
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by TarcherPerigee (first published 2006)
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Kate
Oct 09, 2007 Kate added it
Shelves: abandoned
I have a feeling this will grow to really annoy me quickly.

It did. They need a "gave up in irritation" category on the bookshelves list.
Laurel
Mar 29, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing
I really can't believe the average rating was only three stars. This book brings together dozens of principle-based lessons I've heard, and provides excellent, practical applications that can help us overcome our pesky setbacks. It helps identify all the things we do that keep us from living a more meaningful life. The cure is as simple as making one life-changing decision. I believe she is right, as I have read stories of many great people and they've usually had a defining moment where they de ...more
Heidi
Sep 12, 2008 Heidi rated it it was ok
Recommended to Heidi by: Judith Wright


Last month, I had the pleasure of hearing Judith Wright speak on her pet topic of soft addictions. It's a curious topic--we all know what addictions are, and we know they're bad. But "soft addictions"? Intriguing, and her demo reel shows it, with a lineup of major media appearances from all over the country. I went home with her books, The Soft Addiction Solution and The One Decision in my bag, curious about what Ms. Wright might have to say about my self-confessed ability to watch entirely too
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Brian Sullivan
Nov 15, 2013 Brian Sullivan rated it really liked it
A great book that brings together many life changing principles in a way you can grasp.
However the first 90 pages I found unwieldy - which is why I think it is nit rated as well here as the book should be.
If you stick to it by page 93 (chapter 5) the book really takes off. Chapter 6 is a masterful exposition of how to see past our soft addictions to reveal our deep inner yearnings. This then powers you to reveal your vision - and then in my case at least, to reveal the ONE Question that drove m
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Saharvetes
Mar 05, 2011 Saharvetes rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
The thesis (many of us have "soft addictions") is fine and perceptive/insightful. But there the usefulness ends. As "solutions" go, there is effectively none in the book (besides "stop doing it"). One of the few books I've actually abandoned in frustration — it's just full of stories with the basic plot "Person X decided to improve her life and did so", with nothing actually useful to the reader.
Carole
Feb 21, 2012 Carole rated it really liked it
I met this woman randomly in Chicago after she was a guest on a Chicago radio talk show and left the Tribune building. Her publicist gave me a free copy and I figured I must need to read this. My Life Coach who is from Minneapolis couldn't believe I had met Judyth and was very familiar with her. How many soft addictions do I have? The sum of them just might total at least one hard addiction.
Holly
Jan 16, 2008 Holly rated it liked it
It reads like a typical self-help book but goes a bit further. She forces you to look at your life from a quality stand point. She encourages you to form a ONE DECISION & life by it. Mine is corny: "I live a conscious life, I value myself & am always genuine." It's helped me to say "no" to things that don't add quality to my life.
Heidi
Jul 26, 2009 Heidi rated it really liked it
According to this book we all have some soft addiction or another, and they become problems when they keep us from living more full and abundant lives. I really like the premise of the book, though I don't agree with everything the author says.
Julie M
This is a fantastic book about how to make your life full of MORE. More fun, more love, more intimacy. We do this by doing LESS of all the stupid crap: watching too much TV, eating, shopping, gossiping, procrastinating, fill in your addiction here.... Very helpful and practical advice.
Suzie
Oct 10, 2007 Suzie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who had a dysfunctional childhood
I know, self help is cheesy, but I met the author through my job recently and decided to check this out. And frankly, she's not wrong.
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