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Add More Ing to Your Life

A Hip Guide to Happiness

Gabrielle Bernstein



1. Gabrielle suggests that limiting thoughts come 5. Gabby warns against designating our romantic
from buried feelings from past negative relationships as “special.” Do you think this is a
experiences. Do you think this is true? Have you wise idea? How would you describe a healthy
ever suffered from a limiting belief? Were you able relationship? Should we value our romantic
to find the source of that belief? relationships over our friendships?

2. In the forgiving chapter, Hanna is able to stop 6. In the chapter on stretching, Gabby suggests that
playing the victim and experience her relationships the human tendency to rationalize is actually a
with her parents for “who they are,” not “who they tendency to tell ourselves “rational lies” to keep us
were.” Do you think that someone can choose to down. Is this a good description? What are some
stop seeing herself as a victim? Do you think other ways that guilt can affect us?
people have a tendency to hold on to who people
were in the past, limiting their ability to see when 7. Beethoven, Einstein, and Edison have all had

they’ve changed for the better? quantum moments. Was this surprising? Has some-
one in your life ever had a quantum moment?
3. When she discusses balancing, Gabby describes our
culture as being left-brained. Is this true? What 8. Gabby stresses the need for physical activity to

problems are there with being too logical and bring balance into our lives. How important do you

analytical? Would you describe yourself as left- think physical activity is to your emotional health?

brained or right-brained? Was there an exercise in the book that you found
particularly enjoyable or helpful?
4. In the mirroring chapter, Emily finds her parents’
resistance to her dream of going to Africa 9. Which chapter did you relate to the most?

unbearable, only to discover it was a reflection of

10. Which chapter did you have the hardest time
her own feelings of unworthiness. Why do you
applying to your life?
think we can learn so much from people who push
our buttons? Have you ever found yourself in a
similar situation?

Reading group guide for Add More Ing to Your Life by Gabrielle Bernstein. Copyright © 2011 by the Crown Publishing Group. Distributed by permission of the
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