SHELF AWARE BOOK REVIEW
Emotional Advantage by Randy Taran
Emotional Advantage: Embracing All Your Feelings to Create a Life You Love by Randy Taran, Dalai Lama XIV Award-winning author, producer, and founder of Project Happiness, Randy Taran knows that every emotion, feeling, and mental state has the power to bring us back to our true essence, and that readers can use Emotional Advantage as a guide to get there.
Published by St. Martin's Essentials on June 4, 2019
In recent years, there has been an overwhelming interest in the science of happiness and positive psychology, and many books on the subject. There is a good reason for this: it is a core, universal human drive. And while happiness has opened the door for many to move forward, there is a burgeoning curiosity about the full range of human emotions, all of which factor into the human experience. What do we do when life does not go as planned?
Neuroscience reveals that to understand and utilize any emotion, we need to "name it to tame it." It turns out that even negative emotions have something to offer, if we know how to learn from them. Have you ever woken up in a fog of feelings and felt directionless? Or maybe it was hard to pinpoint exactly what you were feeling, but it wasn't where you wanted to be? What if we could actually use our feelings as a pathway to guide us back to our inner compass? What if, like alchemists, we had the tools to transform our emotions to take charge of creating our very best life? What if we could comprehend how even the most troublesome emotions are sending messages to alert, protect, and fuel us forward?
Emotional Advantage is that guide. It will show us how a new perspective on fear can move us to courage, how guilt can clarify our values, and how anger can help us create healthy boundaries.
Award-winning author, producer, and founder of Project Happiness, Randy Taran knows that every emotion, feeling, and mental state has the power to bring us back to our true essence, and that readers can use Emotional Advantage as a guide to get there.
This was such a calming, reassuring book filled with practical wisdom! Randy Taran covers the topic of emotions and the most skillful way to work with them in this heartfelt book. I’ve followed her work with Project Happiness but reading this was like reading an in-depth version of her website. I’m very appreciative that this is not a “shiny happy people” book or something that only an optimist would read. It’s written for those of us who deal with anger, disappointment, and worry. She helps readers find the wisdom in the worry and introduce helpful tips from neuroscience and meditation practices to use our emotions as a guide.
Each chapter is divided by an emotional. It was hard to pick my favorite but I think Love and Desire were the two I had the most insights from. There are also sections to journal about (a big plus in my mind!)
This is a great book to give to the people you care about in life to discuss later in order to better understand ourselves and others.
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