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How to Lighten Up—Despite It All
by Nan L. Crockett
ISBN: 978-1-889242-22-4 / ISBN-10: 1-889242-22-5, $12.95, paperback original
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Feeling like the biblical Job reincarnated? Stress management expert Nan Crockett has reasons to be downcast, but she isn’t “down for the count.” As she tells tales on herself and those she loves, Crockett will have you laughing even as you’re commiserating. Runaway bubble gum in the cover photo sets the stage: We can control our reactions to the events in our lives. It is never too late to lighten up. The trick is to know how. Here are just a few of the recommendations brought home by this funny book with serious benefits:
• Be willing to look in the mirror.
• Assess events on a sliding scale.
• Redefine “normal.”
• Choose healthy self-talk.
• Release anger through forgiveness.
• Modify expectations.
• Advocate for change.
• Shift priorities.
• Live with passion.
• Make sense of life.

“I opened the book, read the story about Bazooka up the wazoo, burst out laughing—and declared, ‘This book delivers on its promise.’” — Christiane Northrup, M.D., bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical & Emotional Health

“A delightful, witty, very funny, and oh-so-familiar romp through suburban life with young kids . . . Nan is Everywoman and, as with Erma Bombeck, we all can groan, smile, and relate.” — Belleruth Naparstek, psychotherapist, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma & How They Heal, and creator of the Health Journeys audio series

“A great read. I was drawn into this book immediately. It is cleverly funny, thought provoking, and personal at the same time. The E.A.R.R. model has an easy application to the workplace as well as to family life.” — Kevin J. Pokorny, Pokorny Consulting

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