Summary of A Life in Balance

Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

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A Life in Balance book summary
Meditation, exercise, love and nourishment are four essential elements of a happy life.


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Author Kathleen A. Hall explains how to develop strength, mental and physical flexibility, focus and happiness by nourishing what she calls the "roots of self." She offers a well-reasoned, well-researched approach to creating a harmonious work-life balance. Drawing from a broad range of disciplines, she makes the findings of mind-body medicine easy to understand, and shows that small, incremental changes easily within your grasp may add up to significant life changes. Though her style can be a tad repetitive, getAbstract recommends this book to stressed-out, overwhelmed workers and managers as a reliable, one-volume compendium of diverse health and happiness advice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the four roots of happiness are;
  • How you can nourish them; and
  • How developing even a little awareness of your habits can help you strike a better work-life balance.


Set Down Roots
In the natural world, only change is permanent. Observe an oak tree as it experiences the cycles of the seasons: it is flexible in the wind and rain, deriving its strength from its deep roots. As part of nature, human beings are also subject to life cycles. Accepting that...
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About the Author

Kathleen A. Hall is an expert on work-life balance. She is the founder of the Stress Institute and has appeared regularly on television to talk about mind-body medicine.

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