Item description for The Magic of Groundhog Day: Transform Your Life Day by Day by Danny Rubin Paul Hannam...
The movie Groundhog Day has touched millions with its hilarious and profound tale of personal transformation. The day does not change, the location does not change, and the townspeople do not change. It is the main character, Phil Connors, who changes. His extraordinary journey involves no travel, only a change in his mind and heart. He turns the worst day into the best day of his life, simply by thinking and acting differently.
Now The Magic of Groundhog Day reveals how you can transfer the magic of the movie into your own life at home and work. You too can break free from repetitive thoughts and behaviors that keep you stuck in a rut, and transform a mundane day into a magical day by simply changing your attitudes. You too can wake up to the ever-present magic and discover the extraordinary in the ordinary. You too can create the Life you want to live, not the one you were conditioned to live.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 1" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 29, 2008
Publisher Waterside Publishing
ISBN 1933754575 ISBN13 9781933754574
Reviews - What do customers think about The Magic of Groundhog Day: Transform Your Life Day by Day?
Same old same old Aug 2, 2008
I loved the movie Groundhog Day and thought this would be a different type of motivational/self-help book.
Unfortunately, it offers just the same "live in the now" advice that, while true, can be found elsewhere in a more entertaining fashion. Among those places is the movie itself. You would be better off spending a couple hours watching the film again, even if, like me, you'd be watching it for the 20th time or so.
This is a slim book, with a lot of padding.
Waste of time Jul 8, 2008
This book has an interesting premise especially for those of us who liked Groundhog Day, the movie. Take the lessons learned by the main character, Phil the self-absorbed, obnoxious TV weatherman, and make them into a self-help book. Phil is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he finally reforms his egocentric ways. This is the ultimate do-over.
Unfortunately, a potentially charming idea becomes over done and rather creepy. Instead of using the idea as a springboard to his own more interesting take on the subject, the author continually refers back to the movie as if mining for some great insight. It is, after all, just a movie.
In general, this book is just a rehash of common self-help themes: love for others, gratitude, facing reality, yada, yada, yada. There is nothing new here. As with Phil, the author needs to take this idea and think about it more and come up with something more inspired.
Two stars for the idea only.
Groundhog Day Redux Mar 23, 2008
This book had a lot going for it. The author made several interesting points and had many valuable insights into living a better life. I liked the way he tied the movie Groundhog Day (one of my top five movies) into the book. He also had many insights into the movie that I found enlightening. Given all this, this book could have been a five-star book. However, I found the book repetitive and wordy. It was not as bad as your typical self-help book, but the author spread 80 to 90 pages of material over 182 pages. I found myself scanning sections of this book, something that is usually anathema to me. This book could have used a longer gestation period and/or a better editing. My other complaint with the book was that the author decided to tack on a final 21-page chapter attempting to tie the book in with his pet cause, the environment. The chapter had a very tenuous connection at best with the rest of the book, lacked any real insight, and was not going to convince anyone who was did not already share his opinions. It was completely out of place. Where was this book's editor? If you are looking for better books on a similar subject, I recommend The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, Stumbling on Happiness, and possibly Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts and Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics
The Magic of Ground Hog Day is a gem! Feb 16, 2008
If you, too, have watched the movie Ground Hog Day with delight over and over again, you have to read this book! In an easily approachable way, Hannam explores precisely what it is about the main character in this film that compels us to resonate so much with him and his situation. He then proceeds to identify the same things about ourselves that we can change to experience the true magic of Ground Hog Day in our every day lives. This little gem is not your ordinary self-help book, it is guaranteed to make you look at your life through a different lens. That's what it did for me!
A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE!!! Feb 6, 2008
This book is MUCH more than just another self-help book providing unoriginal advice that makes us feel good but does little to change our attitudes and behaviors. This book tackles the complex issue of change in a way we can all relate to, understand and apply to our daily lives. It's deeply philosophical, but also entirely practical.
I was one of the many fortunate graduate students at Oxford University that had the pleasure of taking classes with Mr. Hannam during the time he taught there. He was, by far, the best instructor I had at Oxford. Throughout his courses on Organizational Behavior, Environmental Leadership and other issues, Paul was able to get to the heart of any problem, rather than just focusing on the symptoms of that problem - as most academics and environmental scholars tend to do.
"The Magic of Groundhog Day" is no different. In this book, Paul transforms what for most of us is just a classic comedy with Bill Murray into an amazing metaphor about personal change. His advice is not only appropriate for changing our personal lives, but is essential if we are to change our relationship with our communities and with the natural environment.
Even as GDP has gone up in America and other industrialized countries, mental health indicators are on a steady decline. The richest countries are suffering from more depression, stress, anxiety and overall unhappiness than ever before. Indeed, our unsustainable focus on unconstrained economic growth has converted the global ecosystem into a commodity and has led to cultural homogenization, manic consumerism, isolating affluence, hyper-individualism and human alienation.
Paul's book helps those of us interested in breaking out of the drudgery of contemporary consumer culture and our unhealthy routines do so by focusing and appreciating the things that truly matter: time, security, mental health and authentic happiness.
Anyone who is interested in improving their own lives and, for that matter, life on this planet, should read this book.