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“If you would like to live a more fulfilled life, Samantha Boardman has exactly what you need. Everyday Vitality is one part memoir, one part wisdom from years of experience as a psychiatrist, and one part cutting edge scientific evidence. Brilliant, warm, and best of all - an actionable guide to a life well-lived." (Angela Duckworth, New York Times best-selling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance) 

Science-backed, research-driven, actionable strategies for countering stress and building your resilience 

“A great deal of everyday wellbeing lies beyond what is happening inside a person’s head. Everyday opportunities and activities that foster growth and build positive resources are not 'icing on the cake,' but the active ingredients of everyday resilience.” (Samantha Boardman, Everyday Vitality)

In Everyday Vitality, psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Boardman shows listeners how to find strength within their stress and how to transform full days into more fulfilling days. Drawing from scientific research and her own clinical experience, she shares strategies for cultivating vitality - the positive feeling of aliveness and energy that lies at the core of well-being and at the heart of a good day. 

You will discover how increased vitality boosts productivity, builds coping skills, and enhances your ability to manage negative emotions. Dr. Boardman demonstrates how to override counterproductive responses to the onslaught of daily hassles and to respond with flexibility and fortitude instead of fear and rumination. Rather than disengaging from the world while you "find yourself", she shows you how to boost your vitality by living well within the world.

As Dr. Boardman explains, the three main wellsprings of vitality are: meaningfully connecting with others; engaging in experiences that challenge you; and contributing to something beyond yourself. These activities foster resilience by boosting emotional stamina and generating uplifts - the counterparts to daily irritations and annoyances. Whether it is having a good conversation, doing a favor for someone, going for a walk, or reading an interesting article and then calling a friend to talk about it, commonplace experiences and micro-moments serve as the building blocks of everyday resilience. Everyday Vitality explains how to identify them in your life, develop them, and use them as a foundation on which to thrive. 

Whether you are 20 or 80, Everyday Vitality will give you the tools you need to get the most out of each day and to live your life to the fullest.

©2021 Samantha Boardman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Boardman’s most successful argument is that society’s focus on self-care does more harm than good, as building community and finding supportive friends and family is crucial to well-being, while focusing too much on the self can increase rumination and, ultimately, depression.... By encouraging readers to 'override the urge to do what’s easy but empty,' Boardman’s helpful suggestions rise above the standard self-help fare." (Publishers Weekly)

“If you would like to live a more fulfilled life, Samantha Boardman has exactly what you need. Everyday Vitality is one part memoir, one part wisdom from years of experience as a psychiatrist, and one part cutting edge scientific evidence. Brilliant, warm, and best of all — an actionable guide to a life well-lived.” (Angela Duckworth, New York Times best-selling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance)

“An insightful, uplifting read about how to bring more liveliness into our lives. Whereas most psychiatrists focus on alleviating mental illness, Samantha Boardman cares deeply about promoting mental health too. She combines an impressive command of science with deep empathy for her patients. If you’re depressed, burned out, or languishing, this book is brimming with practical ideas — and even if you’re flourishing, it’s full of valuable reminders for sustaining energy and wellbeing.” (Adam Grant, number one New York Times best-selling author of Think Again)

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This book shows you what truly matters in life

The modern life by default takes away vitality which is why we all need uplifting experiences on a regular basis to break the downward cycle. highly recommend!

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AMAZING!!

This book was life-changing!! I will most definitely listen more than a few times!! It was easy to finish in fact, I couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to stop.

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I enjoyed most of the content of this book, however the editing of voice and/or recording made it impossible to listen to. I never finished it because it was so annoying.

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Relatable and practical guide to having more fulfillment in everyday

As someone who has not been in therapy I found d this book a useful perspective of a psychiatrist on the common daily stresses, their effects on mental health and practical strategies to cope, find “uplifts” in our surroundings and becoming more robust abs vital overall.

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never heard it or read it

I'm writing this review in hopes that this title, which appeared in my library without my knowledge or consent, will be removed from my library.