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  • Eloquent
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring


People routinely get knocked down or out. That’s life. But the essence of courage is summoning the grit to get back up, dust yourself off and get right back in the game. In her stirring yet commonsense guidebook, Joy Baldridge pays eloquent homage to the inspiration of human resilience. She provides a series of mental and spiritual exercises. Few are new or revelatory, but her book is a handy compendium. Her relentless belief in the power of positive self-speech may seem somewhat mired in the 1980s, but Baldridge offers coping techniques, strategies and problem-solving tactics with her “Golden Nuggets,” “Joy Gems” and collected quotations. If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, this fun, easy-to-read but eloquent overview on the necessity of positive thinking and mindfulness offers some charming spoonfuls. Baldridge’s upbeat spirit, encouragement and enthusiasm will, in keeping with the title of her uplifting book, bring you joy.

About the Author

Joy Baldridge, CPC, CSP, a keynote speaker, corporate consultant and TEDx presenter, founded Baldridge Seminars International.



In every life, things will go wrong, sometimes spectacularly wrong. Fortunately, knowing how to think positively, maturely and productively about difficult issues can help you manage stressful circumstances with responsibility, spirit and grace. You can embrace positive strategies, tactics, tools and techniques to face baffling problems with optimism, hope and wisdom. To meet challenges with your spirits up, maintain a clear-sighted perspective and seek wisdom.  

Bid Farewell to Your “WAFs”

The acronym WAF stands for “worry, anxiety and fear.” WAFs are pervasive and destructive, but with the correct knowledge and proper attitude, you can banish them from your life. Psychology Today reports that, “90% of what you worry about never even happens.” When you confront your WAFs, ask: What are the realistic odds of this coming to pass? Most often, the worries that plague you will never become real.

To put your WAFs to rest, confront them with the “prevent, acknowledge and release,” or PAR approach. To prevent worries, plan ahead to avoid trouble. Identify ...

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