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The Beethoven Factor: The New Positive Psychology of Hardiness, Happiness, Healing and Hope by Paul Pearsall

by on January 24th, 2009

Book Review

The Beethoven Factor: The New Positive Psychology of Hardiness, Happiness, Healing, and Hope

This book could not have a better message:  stress doesn’t have to impact you negatively.  There has been a theory out there for years that stress is bad for you, but according to author Paul Pearsall it is not the stress that is bad for you, it’s your reaction to it.  If you learn how to use positive psychology you can make your stress work for you.  In the book Pearsall uncovers and teaches what he calls stress-induced growth.  Using positive psychology will allow one to become engaged when stressed and strive in spite of it.  This will allow us to enjoy life much more, feeling happy and healing from the past.

The book is written in a very effective manner, outlining the research and effectiveness of positive psychology but also in stories about people who were able to thrive as a result of the stress in their life, using Beethoven as a prime example.  This is simply a great book that can allow everyone who reads it to live a more positive and fulfilling life, no matter his or her circumstance.

This book is recommended for people who are:

  • Working high stress jobs
  • Struggling with stress
  • Struggling with illness
  • Negatively impacted by stressful situations
  • Struggling in relationships

The top 3 reasons you may enjoy this book:

  • It gives you new insight on stress
  • You can lean how to deal with your stress more positively
  • Uplifting stories of triumphs

Sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to Rachel Johnson for this in-depth book review!

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