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The Good Among the Great was a Boston Globe Bestseller for the week of May 22-29! It came in number 7 on the Nonfiction Paperback list, just below Malcolm Gladwell and tying with Anthony Bourdain. Thanks for your support! To order your own copy from Amazon, click here.





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Life Magazine recently featured Diana, Princess of Wales on the cover, in a morbid tribute to her 50th birthday—of course, if she had only lived. What struck me, besides the inappropriate attempt to make money from a lost icon, was the profound sadness of Diana in the picture; see below.

 

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Click here to watch author Donald Van de Mark reveal the secrets to success of those who’ve reached the top. The Good Among the Great.
KDKA CBS Pittsburgh, May 19, 2011.





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Click here to watch author Donald Van de Mark reveal the secrets to success of those who’ve reached the top. The Good Among the Great.
Boston Fox AM show, May 17, 2011.





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Click here for video and radio interviews of Donald Van de Mark discussing the 19 traits of the good among the great.





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Everyone is always wondering what makes some people simply happier than others.  I’ve learned over the years that there are a series of traits—yes, 19 specific traits—that help make one joyous as well as successful.  And  little by little psychologists, behavioral economists, social psychologists and even neuro-biologists are proving that to be true.

It’s even true on a national basis.  Go to this great piece by psychologist Robert A. Lavine in the Atlantic Monthly to see the reasons for the Danes’ elevated levels of happiness as a people. Continue Reading…





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“It really was an odd coincidence that a book about people who are happy and effective helps to counsel those who are potentially unhappy and paralyzed by their own unnecessary speed bumps or superficial external pressures. You have created something special and I am so grateful (for my own enjoyment) and happy for you that you tapped into a very potent topic that is so meaningful and helpful to your readers. Congratulations and thank you!”
Christina French, Publisher & Editor, Table Magazine





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The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People by Donald Van de Mark is now available at Amazon.com.  It explores the 19 personality traits shared by the good souls among the highest achievers in business, the arts and more. Do you have the traits?





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On Sunday, May 1, Donald spoke to Sydnie Kohara, host of CBS News Channel 5 San Francisco’s “Bay Sunday,” about some of the traits described in his book The Good Among the Great. Click here or on the image to view the video.





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Hollywood has produced a crop of hit movies about mind control.  Bob Mondello’s excellent April 15th piece on NPR’s All Things Considered, Movies That Mess with Your Mind, is a great review of four recent hits about struggling to control one’s mind and life:  Inception, The Adjustment Bureau, Limitless and Source Code.

The gist of each plot is that contemporary men and women are losing control of their very selves; and further, that there are insidious and pervasive others who control us. In our highly connected, media-soaked lives, it’s easy to think that this is a new phenomenon. It’s not.

The late great psychologist, Abraham Maslow, wrote that the vast majority of people “do not make up their own minds… They are pawns to be moved by others rather than self-moving, self-determining individuals. Therefore, they are apt to feel helpless, weak, and totally determined. They are prey for predators, flabby whiners rather than self-determining, responsible persons.”

Ouch! It’s bad enough that we’re “pawns to be moved by others,” but Maslow has to throw in that we’re “flabby whiners” too. (No wonder the hottest consumer product these days is the new girdle, Spanx.) Setting aside America’s weight problem, how is it that most of us are pawns, to be moved about by others?
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