Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-09-14
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Over the course of a decade, positive psychology authority Dr. Beth Cabrera has surveyed and interviewed more than a thousand women to gather insight into how to effectively balance career and family responsibilities. Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being gathers essential findings and offers women proven strategies for living more authentic, meaningful lives.
Through the lens of shared experience, Cabrera thoughtfully examines the challenges women face and presents a simple yet powerful model for enhancing well-being that can both improve and transform lives. Helpful self-assessments guide you toward feeling good and doing good, and each chapter delivers tried-and-true tactics that real women have used to manage the difficulties of fulfilling their multiple, often conflicting, roles.
Discover pathways to reducing stress, experiencing greater joy, and finding more meaning in your life by employing Cabrera’s solid strategies for thriving based on personal values, developed strengths, and what matters most–enduring family ties and relationships.

Author Biography

Dr. Beth Cabrera has spent the last 10 years focused on the issues of women's careers and positive psychology in her roles as teacher, researcher, writer, and speaker. After finishing her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she moved to Spain with her husband and earned tenure as a professor in the Business Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain.

When she moved back to the United States, Dr. Cabrera became a professor at Arizona State University. After that she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Currently she is a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. She has an active speaking business through her company, Cabrera Insights.

Dr. Cabrera has published over 30 articles (as E.F. Cabrera) in some of the world's leading academic and professional journals. She regularly gives talks at companies and conferences on how to use positive psychology for greater success and well-being. At George Mason University, she is part of an initiative to create a well-being university by working to promote the science and practices that lead to a life of vitality, purpose, and resilience.

As a working mother of two teenagers, Dr. Cabrera has personally experienced the challenges of combining motherhood with a professional career. And as the wife of a university president she also understands the complexities of being part of a dual-career couple. Dr. Cabrera currently resides in Fairfax, VA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Struggling to Manage It All
Part I: The Path to Well-Being
1Women and Work
What's the Problem?
What Can Be Done?
2Understanding Well-Being
Feeling Good
Doing Good
Enhancing Well-Being
Part II: Feeling Good
3Be Mindful
Slow Down
Don't Multitask
Connect With Nature
4Be Grateful
Notice the Good
Count Your Blessings
Express Gratitude
Reframe Situations
5Be Hopeful
Visualize the Future
Set Specific Goals
Make a Plan
Identify Alternatives
Note Your Successes
Find Role Models
Part III: Doing Good
6Live Your Values
Clarify Your Values
Align Your Behavior
Discover Your Purpose
7Develop Your Strengths
Identify Your Strengths
Apply Your Strengths
8Make a Positive Impact
Detect a Need
Do Meaningful Work
Part IV: What Matters Most
9Connect With Others
Spend Time With Family and Friends
Build Relationships With Co-workers
10 Strengthen Your Relationships
Engage in Positive Interactions
Show Appreciation
Establish Trust
Be Generous
Afterword: From Struggling to Thriving
Additional Reading
About the Author

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