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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People A classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey provides deeply insightful and practical principles that anyone can apply. I think about several of these habits daily, particularly regarding prioritizing activities and making sure I understand what is going on in a situation before I react to it.   Waiting for Jack In Waiting for Jack: Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie: How to Stop Waiting and Start Living Your Life, Kristen Moeller describes her own journey to the realization that ultimately we are each responsible for our happiness and fulfillment. Instead of waiting for the right moment and flash of insight, just live your life.
 
The Last Lecture The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch contains 61 short essays based on the author's experiences and life lessons drawn from those experiences. It is engaging and poignant, as several of the stories describe how Pausch and his family coped with his terminal illness.   The Practical Guide to Exceptional Living Jim Garland'sThe Practical Guide to Exceptional Living provides numerous recommendations and tools to help you define your ideal life and to move toward it through better health, gratitude and faith, sensible thinking about money, and effective goal setting.  
Moments of Being Barrie Brett's Moments of Being: Finding Your One Moment in Time presents true stories about people from all walks of life, each of whom experienced—and recognized—a critical, transitional moment that altered the course of their lives.   A Happy You A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness by Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo provides a prescription for reducing stress, generating greater happiness in your life, boosting your self-confidence, and improving your relationships with those around you.  
Getting to Yes Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In presents principles and techniques for negotiating toward win-win solutions in a variety of situations. I've kept these principles in mind at work, when making major purchases, and when dealing with troublesome neighbors.   A Blessing in Disguise A Blessing in Disguise: 39 Life Lessons from Today's Greatest Teachers presents philosophical and thought-provoking lessons, each written by a different author. The life lessons are grouped into: Overcoming Challenges; Soul Expression; Death and Dying; Life's Everyday Lessons; Spirituality; and Family, Love and Relationships.  
 
Pearl #4: Don't overreact to someone else's decision if that decision is not really about you.