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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Beck Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780736697941
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Welcome to The Joy Diet, a menu of ten behaviors you can add to your way of living and thinking to enhance every day’s journey through the unpredictable terrain of your existence. You can add these behaviors gradually and watch your life become steadily more vivid and satisfying. Or you can go on a “crash Joy Diet” to help you navigate life’s emergencies.

The ten menu items are:

• Nothing: Do nothing for fifteen minutes a day. Stop mindlessly chasing goals and figure out which goals are worth going after.

• Truth: Create a moment of truth to help you unmask what you’re hiding—from others and from yourself.

• Desire: Identify, articulate, and explore at least one of your heart’s desires—and learn how to let yourself want what you want.

• Creativity: Learn six new ways to develop at least one new idea to help you obtain your heart’s desire.

• Risk: Take one baby step toward reaching your goal. The only rule is it has to scare the pants off you.

• Treats: Give yourself a treat for every risk you take and two treats just because you’re you. No exceptions. No excuses.

• Play: Take a moment to remember your real life’s work and differentiate it from the games you play to achieve it. Then play wholeheartedly.

• Laughter: Laugh at least thirty times a day. Props encouraged.

• Connection: Use your Joy Diet skills to interact with someone who matters to you.

• Feasting: Enjoy at least three square feasts a day, with or without food.

No matter what your long-term goals are, The Joy Diet, written with Martha Beck’s inimitable blend of wisdom, practical guidance, and humor, will help you achieve the immediate gift of joyful living in the here and now. Begin your journey today.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Hart | 2/16/2014

    " Perhaps I've had my fill of self help books because I felt there was nothing new here. Clever title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 2/15/2014

    " If I only feasted more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book, and took the time to digest it slowly over 6 months puting it's tips to practice. Well worth the effort and I've grown tremendously from the journey! Martha's humor was a delightful treat to endure throughout the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 2/1/2014

    " This book gives a daily prescription of the keys to a happy life. I like the candor of the author, her best and worse moments are intermingled with easy to follow steps for a fuller life. The best part of the book for me was realizing that I knew and did some of the 10 things already. It motivated me to continue reading and learning. This is a keeper! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorlene | 1/27/2014

    " Liked the book and found the daily practices helpful! After reading Expecting Adam and laughing so hard, I decided I wanted to get better acquainted with the author. So, I've been on a "read Martha" trek! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 1/25/2014

    " So many good reminders in this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ed | 1/18/2014

    " I did become more aware of the lack of joy in my life and the need for silence. Other than that, I don' understand the hype. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Nunes | 1/18/2014

    " Love, Love, Love this book!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/30/2013

    " Great book ... lots of meat to chew on in terms of personal growth! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slt | 12/14/2013

    " I love everything Martha Beck has to say. And after reading this book for the third time, I finally took up my own version of meditation (on the bus!) which seems to be helping reduce my stress level. Thanks Martha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 12/10/2013

    " Not a diet book, but a book on how to add more joy to your life. It had some good ideas and good reminders in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Herring | 12/2/2013

    " The Joy Diet to me is ground breaking material for a new mindset. I've read it through once, and I'm revisiting chapters again to refresh my memory and absorb the process a bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/29/2013

    " Just finished this one on the way into work today. I'm sure it would be more effective to have the actual book but I did like the audio and it makes a lot of sense! Now if only I could stay on track with being positive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Fielding | 11/19/2013

    " good points. just have to actually practice them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 10/14/2013

    " There are several concepts on this Joy Diet that I still use on a regular basis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/17/2013

    " Love all things Beck! This is the best of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryl Morgan | 8/10/2013

    " A great companion to The Four Day Win by Martha Beck but if I had to choose one it would be the latter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie | 4/2/2013

    " Martha is full of wit and wisdom - always a pleasure (a hoot or two!) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawnmarie | 2/1/2013

    " I can't even bring myself to finish it! I am so disappointed in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Mulvey | 10/14/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! One minute i was laughing at her snarky comments & the next minute i was getting teary- eyed over a sweet insight into human relationships. I wish the author hadn't left the lds church...she's thiiis close to the complete truth about our true nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/15/2012

    " This was totally helpful to me. I'm on a constant kick for self-improvement, and this suggested a bigger picture approach to all that. She's so reasonable and human, it's hard not to respond to her approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 7/26/2012

    " I enjoy Martha Beck, and am never disappointed. Wise and witty and full of life experiences that she is always willing to share. This book holds many gems to help those who seek to better understand themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 7/23/2012

    " Totally awesome book-- I listened to the audiobook and I felt like it made such a difference in my life and my outlook overall. I listened to the audio on my way to work and I noticed a big difference in how I'd handle stress and other work issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 7/3/2012

    " I highly recommend this book/CD. Martha Beck includes some very clear and sound ideas to create a life of joy. You can use these 10 steps for the rest of your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Royale | 12/14/2011

    " The title is misleading, but the book is eminently readable, useable and interesting. I love Martha's sense of humor and everyday language style. It's like having personal sessions with your favorite life coach! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerstin | 11/13/2011

    " I enjoyed the key concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 9/2/2011

    " upbeat, practical, not-preachy self-help book... I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/26/2011

    " Perhaps I've had my fill of self help books because I felt there was nothing new here. Clever title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H.s. | 10/30/2010

    " Love all things Beck! This is the best of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/1/2009

    " Smart, perceptive, and genuinely useful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 7/16/2009

    " good points. just have to actually practice them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie | 5/1/2009

    " Martha is full of wit and wisdom - always a pleasure (a hoot or two!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/9/2009

    " This was totally helpful to me. I'm on a constant kick for self-improvement, and this suggested a bigger picture approach to all that. She's so reasonable and human, it's hard not to respond to her approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 2/7/2009

    " The perfect traveling companion for how to make sure you have a daily dose of joy when you're doing the hard work of remaking your life. "

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About the Author

Martha Beck is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology, all from Harvard. She is currently a monthly columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine and the author of the bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live and the memoir Expecting Adam. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.