"[This book] reminds us that the physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment we seek can be ours if we let go of habitual behaviors."Deepak Chopra. Have you ever wondered how you might carve more meaning and purpose out of your crowded days? The answer is simple: cut out the "soft addictions." As Judith Wright reveals in this revised and expanded edition of her classic self-help book There Must Be More Than This, many of us are addicted to seemingly harmless and socially sanctioned habits such as shopping, watching TV, and gossiping-robbing us of our time, clouding our clarity of mind, and masking our deeper longing for lasting joy. According to Wright, soft addictions are seductive because they satisfy powerful desires-and we easily become hooked because they are perceived as "normal" behavior, behavior that doesn't seem to demand the extraordinary measures of a drug or alcohol addiction. Yet soft addictions do call out for action and in this groundbreaking book, Judith Wright explains why they are so damaging and outlines an effective plan for overcoming these negative habits to discover more passion, love, commitment, and meaning in our lives.
A prescription for a more satisfying life
By Marilyn G. Pearson - January 18, 2007
Judith Wright's book is a must for anyone who's been looking for a way to add more "good stuff" (like time, money, and love) to their life while getting rid of the bad habits (like overeating, procrastinating, too much TV) that get in the way of them. I've personally discovered how much time I've wasted playing computer games and sitting in front of the TV. Not to mention the unconscious eating I've done. I've lost 35 pounds without trying just by paying attention to what goes in my mouth rather than mindlessly munching.
And it's not about deprivation - it's about adding things that are more nourishing than computer solitaire or too much food. So I feel more satisfied rather than less and filled up rather than overstuffed.
As a physician, I see the effects of our Soft Addictions all day, every day. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
The real deal
By Collin Canright - August 31, 2007
Judith Wright has such a forgiving and refreshing approach to bad habits. The way she talks about "soft addictions" makes me feel so much self acceptance and understanding for myself and why I do the things I do. Instead of hating and indicting myself, I feel compassion and insight. I realize I am looking for something more meaningful and nourishing and that I can decide to do something different and have a completely different experience. Judith's "math of more" is a brilliant way to think about making incremental positive changes that add up over time. Instead of trying to quit something cold turkey, Wright recommends identifying what I am really emotionally hungry for and finding a better way to really satisfy that hunger. The other night, I was on a business trip and was starting to surf the channels on the TV, killing time and staying up too late. I caught myself and realized that I was searching kind of aimlessly for something that would interest me, excite me or somehow make me... read more
I love the "Math of More"!
By Myrna Weinman "Nia Mama" - August 31, 2007
I've read other books about stopping my soft addictions, but this is the first one that had me add something to replace them. It's making all the difference! I never thought I was indulging my soft addictions because I was missing something deeper in my life. I find myself asking my husband to take time to connect with me when I feel the urge to go shopping. I've been able to consistently get to work on time, when I've been a chronically tardy person. A little bit at a time, I am eliminating the clutter in my house. This book is very effective in helping me make more out of my life and my relationships!
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