Appetites: On the Search for True Nourishment by Geneen Roth

By Geneen Roth

Roth tells of her personal stories with a non-blink frankness cushioned via the gracefulness of her prose."—Chicago Tribune. "Just the right combination of confession, sass, and style."—Publishers Weekly.

Geneen Roth's bestselling while nutrients Is Love profoundly explored the connection among consuming and intimacy in women's lives. Now in Appetites, she takes the topics of longing, self-denial, and nourishment and places them into the wider context of women's adventure.

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He believes it’s important to give back some of the good fortune he’s accumulated throughout his life. Lanny also attends church regularly. At the time I interviewed Lanny, there were no significant stresses in his life, but there had been in the past — the deaths of four siblings, his parents, and his wife, all as a result of severe and lingering illness. Still, on that 1-to-10 happiness scale, Lanny rates himself a 10. He believes it’s important to look for opportunities to be happy and to work hard to achieve that end.

It’s the feel-good emotion. Generally, you’ll have an easier time finding happiness when you’re leading a life that pleases you. If you hear someone say, “I’d do this job even if they didn’t pay me,” you’re listening to someone who derives great pleasure in her work. If you look at your husband and think, “I wouldn’t trade him for all the money in the world,” you’re obviously pleased with the person you go to bed with every night and wake up next to each morning. The pleasures of everyday life come from both being and doing.

That’s an example of satiation — you’ve had enough food. Now, answer me this: How did you feel when your stomach got that full? If you felt satisfied — content that your stomach was full — you weren’t looking for anything more to eat. But, what if your head was telling you, “As full as I am right this minute, I sure could go for a piece of pie”? If that sounds familiar, you may have been satiated (full), but you were far from satisfied. How satisfied are you with your current life situation? Pleasure Happiness is a pleasurable experience.

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