Living Well: Doing the Right Thing for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Communities

Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, US

Series: Ethical Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: HEA032000



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We live in a challenging and often topsy-turvy world. Research on stress suggests that we have never been more challenged by anxiety, depression, and stress, and that it often feels for many that we, as a community, people, and society, have simply lost our way. Technological advances and other changes in families, communities, and society can unfold at head spinning speed. Stress and dysregulation now seem to be the norm. The world of today is not the world we recognize from not too long ago.

In Living Well: Doing the Right Thing for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Communities, Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP, a practicing clinical psychologist as well as a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University Medical School, offers a series of brief, thoughtful, evidence based, and research supported strategies to manage the challenges of life today. He begins with the important role of ethics in organizing and centering our lives, and then applies commonly embraced ethical principles to personal and spiritual well-being, health and fitness, intimate and other important relationships, parenting, and education. He takes a whole person approach to discuss how ethical decision making and important principles for living can be applied to body, mind, soul, and communities to maximize a better life for all.

Living Well emerged from the writings of Dr. Plante in Psychology Today magazine in a very popular blog called Do the Right Thing: Spirit, Science, and Health. This book is based on these posts.

A happier and more fulfilled life can be found by following fairly simple and time tested principles for living offered in Living Well.


Chapter 1. Reflections on Ethics

Chapter 2. Reflections on Health and Fitness

Chapter 3. Reflections on Psychological Well-Being

Chapter 4. Reflections on Spiritual Well-Being

Chapter 5. Reflections on Intimate and Other Relationships

Chapter 6. Reflections on Parenting

Chapter 7. Reflections on Higher Education and Success


About the Author

“Dr. Plante's book offers us the opportunity to find and follow our better angels as we cope with modern day challenges to living well in mind, body, and spirit. He has the knack of keeping it real even as he helps us see the promise of "doing the right thing" for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.” - Gerdenio (Sonny) Manuel, PhD, SJ, professor and chair of psychology and director of the Saint Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco

"Thomas Plante's newest book offers a flowing fountain of practical wisdom for enjoying a worthy and gratifying life." - Susan Heitler, PhD, author of Prescriptions Without Pills: For Relief From Depression, Anger, Anxiety and More

“Tom Plante’s new book, Living Well, offers valuable strategies for coping with today’s challenges and creating greater wellbeing for ourselves and our communities.” - Diane Dreher, PhD, author of The Tao of Inner Peace

"This book may change your students' lives as well as your own life. In Living Well: Doing the Right Thing for Body, Mind, Spirit and Communities, Plante provides an accessible way to enter into the enormous field of well-being and come out with evidence-based principles and practical strategies to live well. This is a treasure!" - Barbara Burns, PhD, Santa Clara University professor of Child Studies, Executive Director of Safe, Secure and Loved (a 501c3 to promote family resilience)

"Ever wondered how to become a better person? Read on! Drawing together threads from psychology, philosophy, and theology, this book offers practical, evidence-based wisdom to help you become a more ethical, content, and healthy person. Plante masterfully engages readers with his accessible yet erudite style, offering insights that nurture both the heart and the intellect." - David B. Feldman, PhD, Co-author of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link between Suffering and Success, and Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University

Keywords: Ethics, Self-help, morals, health, behavioral health, wellness

Book written for general audience

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