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Beyond Happy

Over the course of a decade, positive psychology authority Dr. Beth Cabrera has surveyed and interviewed more than a thousand women to gather insight into how to effectively balance career and family responsibilities. Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being gathers essential findings and offers women proven strategies for living more authentic, meaningful lives. Through the lens of shared experience, Cabrera thoughtfully examines the challenges women face and presents a simple yet powerful model for enhancing well-being that can both improve and transform lives. Helpful self-assessments guide you toward feeling good and doing good, and each chapter delivers tried-and-true tactics that real women have used to manage the difficulties of fulfilling their multiple, often conflicting, roles. Discover pathways to reducing stress, experiencing greater joy, and finding more meaning in your life by employing Cabrera's solid strategies for thriving based on personal values, developed strengths, and what matters most-enduring family ties and relationships.
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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Struggling to Manage It AllPart I: The Path to Well-Being1Women and WorkWhat's the Problem?What Can Be Done?2Understanding Well-BeingFeeling GoodDoing GoodEnhancing Well-BeingPart II: Feeling Good3Be MindfulSlow DownDon't MultitaskConnect With NaturePauseMeditate4Be GratefulNotice the GoodCount Your BlessingsExpress GratitudeReframe Situations5Be HopefulVisualize the FutureSet Specific GoalsMake a PlanIdentify AlternativesNote Your SuccessesFind Role ModelsPart III: Doing Good6Live Your ValuesClarify Your ValuesAlign Your BehaviorDiscover Your Purpose7Develop Your StrengthsIdentify Your StrengthsApply Your Strengths8Make a Positive ImpactDetect a NeedDo Meaningful WorkPart IV: What Matters Most9Connect With OthersSpend Time With Family and FriendsBuild Relationships With Co-workers10 Strengthen Your RelationshipsEngage in Positive InteractionsShow AppreciationEstablish TrustBe GenerousAfterword: From Struggling to ThrivingNotesAdditional ReadingAbout the Author

About the Author

Dr. Beth Cabrera has spent the last 10 years focused on the issues of women's careers and positive psychology in her roles as teacher, researcher, writer, and speaker. After finishing her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she moved to Spain with her husband and earned tenure as a professor in the Business Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. When she moved back to the United States, Dr. Cabrera became a professor at Arizona State University. After that she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Currently she is a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. She has an active speaking business through her company, Cabrera Insights. Dr. Cabrera has published over 30 articles (as E.F. Cabrera) in some of the world's leading academic and professional journals. She regularly gives talks at companies and conferences on how to use positive psychology for greater success and well-being. At George Mason University, she is part of an initiative to create a well-being university by working to promote the science and practices that lead to a life of vitality, purpose, and resilience. As a working mother of two teenagers, Dr. Cabrera has personally experienced the challenges of combining motherhood with a professional career. And as the wife of a university president she also understands the complexities of being part of a dual-career couple. Dr. Cabrera currently resides in Fairfax, VA.

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