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Book Review: What happy working mothers know September 16, 2009

Science and sociology have made great strides in understanding what makes us happy and how we achieve it. Written by a behavioral scientist, Dr. Cathy Greenberg, and an international lawyer and career coach, Barrett Avigdor, What Happy Working Mothers Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Lead to a Healthy & Happy Work/Life Balance (Wiley; Hardcover; Sept. 2009) explores how working mothers and employees in all workplaces can be more content.

What Happy Working Mothers Know lays out the scientific research that has been done to show that happiness reduces stress related ailments and makes you healthier. Greenbery and Avigdor believe that “if you want to be your best at whatever you do, whether it’s a job, volunteer work or being a parent and partner, happiness will make you your best.”

Here are the top ten tips from What Happy Working Mothers Know:
1.  Learn to love yourself as much as you love your friends and family.
2.  Choosing your own path is always a good thing-no matter what you choose.
3.  Life happens – it’s what you choose to focus on that becomes your experience – so focus on the positive.
4.  Learn to forgive yourself the way you forgive others.
5.  If you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, don’t ever stop dreaming for yourself.
6.  Half the battle in life is choosing something you love to do. The other half is celebrating along the way.
7.  You may take a different path from the one you envisioned, but the detours are worth it because you learn as much from failure as success.
8. Happiness begins when you learn to accept that you’re loved and valued for who you are, not what you do.
9. When you accept that perfect does not exist and allow yourself a few mistakes, you’ll go a long way toward being happy.
10.  Set the same standards for yourself that you apply to your loved ones; cut yourself the same slack you give others.

What Happy Working Mothers Know is written by two working mothers who are also certified executive and personal coaches with a combined experience of over 50 years in the business world. Cathy L. Greenberg, Ph.D, is a former partner in two of world’s largest consulting firms and a recognized expert on leadership with over 50 articles and books. She is a master certified Professional Executive and Personal Coach (MPEC).

Barrett S. Avigdor, JD, is an international lawyer and talent development innovator. She is the Director of Legal Talent Strategy at Accenture, a global management consulting and outsourcing company, and a certified career coach.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: What happy working mothers know”

  1. […] Book Review: What happy working mothers know By admin | category: consulting jobs | tags: all-workplaces, barrett-avigdor, greenberg, […]

  2. Lindsay Says:

    I really love the 10 tips. I struggle with the idea that I have to be in a career instead of staying home with my baby. But I know it is for a better life for our family, and hopefully as time progresses it will get easier. It is hard though to be a working mom, so these tips are important to read! Thanks Rebecca!


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