Plaid Manual
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Plaid Manual

for an Interesting Life

About the Book

Are you looking for how be happy in seven steps? Are you looking for the secret of life? Or maybe some simple way to fill that hole you feel, to become complete as a person? Congratulations, today is your lucky day at last: you've chosen the wrong book. Leave it where it was, close your web browser, nice meeting you! Hugs.

Across the Internet, on the phone, or in person, in Notting Hill or in the People's Republic of China, all this can be summarized in one phase: "I'm just a person, in front of another person, asking for help." The Plaid Manual is a small, modest invitation to talk. It's not a treatment, or a voyage of discovery, or a miracle cure. It's a cup of tea, many questions, some jokes, and the real certainty that it will be worth the trouble.

This book is a translation into English of Manual Cuadros which was originally written in Spanish.

Table of Contents

  • Translator’s Acknowledgements
  • License
  • What is this and how does it work?
    • What is it?
    • Why is it called the Plaid Manual?
    • How does it work?
    • What can you and can’t you do with this manual?
    • Technical requirements
  • A modest proposal
    • What are we going to do?
    • Stages, phases, tasks and my neighbor on the fifth floor
    • On the edge of the impossible
  • A real person
    • Vulnerability and values
    • The good news
    • The bad news
    • The only thing that matters
  • Despair
    • Feel well to live well
    • Live well to feel well
    • Easier said than done
    • Our long Sunday afternoon
  • Commit to what matters
    • Hows and whys
    • What are values?
    • Apples and oranges
    • Presenting the “Core Life”
    • The task
    • Exercises and techniques for this task
  • Be flexible
    • When we get married in Las Vegas
    • The task
    • Exercises and techniques for this task
  • Gain autonomy
    • Welcome to the wonderful world of eating fried grasshoppers
    • A good plan
    • Scaffolds
    • The task
    • Exercises and techniques for this task
  • Cultivate serenity
    • What if the problem is control?
    • Two candles
    • Apatheia, indifference, acceptance… Serenity
    • The task
    • Exercises and techniques for this task
  • Make community
    • Make friends
    • What does Carnegie tell us?
    • Friends?
    • Let’s start with us
    • The task
  • How to be happy in 5 minutes

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