Good Heart, The

Good Heart, The

101 Ways to Live a Positively Long, Happy Life

The Good Heart message: Think more positively. Feeling optimistic and responding to everyday life with patience and generosity may be as important as exercise when it comes to the health of your heart.


Rooted in positive psychology, focusing on cardiac prevention and recovery, The Good Heart: 101 Ways to Live A Positively Long, Happy Life helps readers replace depression, stress and anger with self-confidence, generosity and optimism. The book, with its 101 one- to two-page tips, written in easy-to-understand language by a well-respected expert in her field, targets the millions throughout the world who suffer from some form of diagnosed cardiovascular disease, as well as those dedicated to disease prevention. This formula for providing succinct, up-to-date research-based tips helps readers quickly absorb information on how to behave, feel and think, approaching heart health in a new way—emphasizing more than exercise and diet—with changed attitude as the key to prevention and recovery. Combining information gathered from 30 years experience in cardiac psychology, hundreds of cardiac studies, and the most recent findings of both cognitive and positive-psychology literature, The Good Heart will change lives.

…a great book that will give you practical, easy-to-use pieces of daily wisdom to give balance and meaning to your life. Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, Author of The Worry Cure

Dr. Austen Hayes helps others think more positively and, in doing so, lowers their chances of suffering a heart attack or other life-threatening disease.


The Good Heart is a great book that will give you practical, easy-to-use pieces of daily wisdom to give balance and meaning to your life. It helps you reduce stress moment-to-moment. Clear, concise, and convincing, The Good Heart will be your daily companion. ~ Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, Author of The Worry Cure

The Good Heart has the makings of a successful mass market book. ~ Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Author of Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, among many other titles

“Over the past years I have heard regularly from my patients how terrifically helpful you have been. I can now see why first hand. The Good Heart tips combine medicine, psychology and common sense into well written, easily digestible lessons. Instructive comments on dealing with the difficulties of cardiac disease, and helpful advice on preventive measures are expertly combined.” ~ Russell Berdoff, M.D., Cardiologist at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City

Dr. Hayes is superb in her compilation of tips and thoughts concerning emotional issues in those who have experienced heart disease -- rethink your situation, your approach to life and to others, and you can change for a better cardiovascular and experiential outcome, a distinctly useful cognitive behavioral approach to changing one s thoughts and behaviors. ~ Donald Smith, M.D., Cardiology Institute, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City

“I underwent an open-heart, quintuple by-pass operation in December 2005. . . .Without qualification, I am convinced the treatment I received from Dr. Austen Hayes . . . was as beneficial to me in the long run as the physical treatment. Perhaps more so. . . . I found The Good Heart absorbing to read, and insightful. I see myself in several of the descriptive passages, and appreciate the prescriptions about easing my dilemmas.” ~ Sanford Socolow, former CBS News Bureau Chief, Producer, 60 Minutes, Executive Producer, Cronkite Productions, Inc.

“Dr. Hayes has made a profound difference in my life. The cognitive program she has developed can be the basis for achieving true positive change, understanding and lasting happiness.” ~ Jack Bratman, Creative Consultant, New York City

This book is great! Just what's needed for people struggling with the doubt and sadness that often accompanies heart disease. I am so grateful for the help I've received over the years from Austen Hayes. Now everyone can share in her insight and wisdom. Learning to be more optimistic has done as much for my health as medicine and exercise. ~ Stanley Faust, Treasurer (Ret.) for the Dreyfus Corporation, New York City

Austen Hayes
Austen Hayes Dr. Austen Hayes is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator and consultant. Since 1978 she has been helping others acquire skills and lif...
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