Small stuff, big stuff, and what really helps

How best can we help those around us when they are facing challenging times? What little things can make a big difference in our daily lives? And how do we find true wealth, understand the impact of the mother-daughter bond on young girls developing sense of sexuality and self esteem, or begin to comprehend the emotional rollercoaster for those who have faced infertility and loss of pregnancies?  Read on to find out more…

Syndetics book coverThe power of small : why little things make all the difference / Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval.
“The authors of the national bestseller ‘The Power of Nice’ once again tackle conventional wisdom with a provocative and counterintuitive book about the importance of sweating the small stuff in our lives and in our careers. Our smallest actions and gestures often have outsized impact on our biggest goals, say Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Did you double-check that presentation one last time, or hold the elevator for a stranger? Going that extra inch – whether with a client, customer, family member, or friend – speaks volumes to others about our talent, personality, and motivations. Written in the same entertaining, story-driven style that made ‘The Power of Nice’ the go-to book for finishing first, ‘The Power of Small’ demonstrates how all of us can harness the power of small to improve and reinvent our lives.” (from Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverWhat really helps : using mindfulness and compassionate presence to help, support, and encourage others / Karen Kissel Wegela.
“Most of us, at one time or another, would like to help a friend, family member, or acquaintance through a challenging time. But do we really know how to give meaningful support and guidance? And why do our best efforts at helping others often come up short? Here is a practical guide that will be of special interest to helping professionals-and anyone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of people they care about”. (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverBeyond wealth : the road map to a rich life / Alexander Green.
“Beyond Wealth by New York Times bestselling author Alexander Green is a blueprint for personal prosperity. But the rewards are more than just financial. The book reveals fail-proof, time-tested strategies to help you achieve maximum success in both your business and personal life. One of the nation’s highest-rated and most-admired investment analysts, Mr. Green offers ageless wisdom and a priceless perspective that draws on today’s best business minds as well as many of the world’s great philosophers from Ancient times right through to the Modern Era. Beyond Wealth is both a deeply inspiring read and a concrete plan that shows you the shortest and most direct route to what the author calls “True Wealth.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYour daughter’s bedroom : insights for raising confident women / Joyce T. McFadden.
“In ‘Your Daughters’ Bedroom’ psychotherapist Joyce McFadden argues that mothers loom large in the psyche of young girls and that, in their quest to create perfect daughters, mothers may be hurting them instead. By making offhanded comments that impair their daughter’s confidence or hiding facts about themselves as sexual women, mothers can unintentionally cause girls to feel isolated, left alone to confront their burgeoning sexuality during the most confusing time of their lives. Drawing on the personal testimonies of more than a thousand women, McFadden weaves together their stories about sexuality, self esteem, and the origins of their feelings. The result is a rich and powerful narrative about the complex mother and daughter bond and its enduring impact on women’s lives.” (Syndetics)

Baby gone : true New Zealand stories of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss /compiled by Jenny Douché ; foreword by Catherine de Groot. 
“It is commonly estimated that one in six couples are unable to conceive, one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, and 600 babies are stillborn or die soon after birth each year. The experience can be the most traumatic thing that couples ever go through. It is also very lonely and isolating. Many are desperate to read other people’s local and recent stories in order to gain comfort, however there are very few New Zealand stories available in published form. Baby Gone contains 45 true stories, written from the heart by those affected. The stories give moving accounts about the conception and pregnancy experiences, but perhaps most importantly, they talk of the emotional roller-coaster that is life after loss. The stories will help readers see that they are not alone in their feelings, and that they are not going crazy.” (Global Books in Print)