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"Dr. Bobinet manages to combine the core principles of design-thinking with the neuroscience of behavior change and present them in a way that allows anyone who picks up her book to become a designer. Her decision to include real-life examples and personal stories is authentic and compelling, and will empower readers to enact change within their own lives. This riveting book is a powerful tool for anyone looking to tackle behavioral challenges and better understand themselves." 
Larry Chu, MD, Associate Professor & Executive Director of Medicine X, Stanford University School of Medicine


"LOVE this book! Well Designed Life is so conversational and personal and brings science into the equation in such an easy-to-understand way. A breakthrough for people who have been searching for an effective way to make changes in their lives." 
-Lorraine Rapp, co-Host/Producer, Take Care, NPR affiliate WRVO Public Media


"Dr. Bobinet manages to combine the core principles of design-thinking with the neuroscience of behavior change and present them in a way that allows anyone who picks up her book to become a designer. Her decision to include real-life examples and personal stories is authentic and compelling, and will empower readers to enact change within their own lives. This riveting book is a powerful tool for anyone looking to tackle behavioral challenges and better understand themselves." -Larry Chu, MD, Associate Professor & Executive Director of Medicine X, Stanford University School of Medicine "LOVE this book! Well Designed Life is so conversational and personal and brings science into the equation in such an easy-to-understand way. A breakthrough for people who have been searching for an effective way to make changes in their lives." -Lorraine Rapp, co-Host/Producer, Take Care, NPR affiliate WRVO Public Media

From the Back Cover

"I know what I should do...I just don't know why I don't do it."
Has this ever been true for you?
Then you're 100 percent not alone.
In Well Designed Life, you will answer this question by painlessly learning the brain science and causes behind all the funky, mysterious things you do or don't do.
But, this is not just some "hmmm, isn't that interesting" brain fun fact mélange. Oh, no, my friend!
See, what you're really going to learn is that underneath your street clothes, you are a superhero designer of your experience . . . able to design your way out of any mess, doo-doo, or meltdown that life throws your way.
Oh, and you will do it mindfully, playfully, compassionately. (Yes, those things do go together!)
So c'mon in! But only if you are ready to free yourself from your "stuff" 
. . . and live your purpose.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: engagedIN Press; 1 edition (September 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996734570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996734578
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a must read for anyone with a strong interest in personal development. The author presents a compelling mindshift for looking at our efforts to engineer self-change from the perspective of a designer. Approaching change as a designer liberates us from the heavy burden of failed attempts to instill a given change. We just keep iterating and tinkering like any good designer. One key insight is the idea of anticipating and being prepared for relapse, as the new design battles the old design for primacy in our behavior patterns. The book may warrant multiple readings. It is at once anecdotal and filled with stories from the author's own life and those she has known. But there are strong underlying concepts as well that deserve reflection and study. I rate Well Designed Life 10/10.
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I received Dr. Bobinet's book from a good friend. I am very familiar with her work and have followed her for several years. If I didn't receive the book so quickly, I would have ordered it myself. In fact, I have ordered it for many family members and friends.

I believe the knowledge and principles highlighted in Well Designed Life are must know for living a life of our own choosing. All of us have goals and things we want to accomplish, but often "real life" gets in the way. Dr. Bobinet lays out many of the pitfalls that arise and derail us from our desired habits and behaviors and gives quick stories, anecdotes, and principles to design around those pitfalls and build systems of success.

Well Designed Life can transform you results and outcomes you receive while limiting the work and frustration that stops many of us in our tracks.
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Physician and neuroscientist, Kyra Bobinet, has written a wonderful book, Well Designed Life, that provides a roadmap for using design thinking to get the life you really want to live. She shaped the book around her 10 favorite brain science concepts, thus the subtitle: "10 lessons in brain science and design thinking for a mindful, healthy, and purposeful life." She says she did this because she wanted her readers to

"...BE ABLE TO USE HARD, COLD SCIENCE—NOT JUST WHIMSICAL THEORIES OR INSPIRATIONAL QUIPS FROM SOME AUTHOR—AS THE BASIS FOR BECOMING A BETTER DESIGNER OF YOUR LIFE AND YOUR BEHAVIOR."

I had a chance to chat with Kyra about her book, here is a link to our conversation: [...] I highly recommend this book if you have ever found yourself wanting to drop those bad old habits and replace them with the things you really want to do.
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I liked how this author took actual brain science to explain our repetitive behaviors. It made the material more interesting and approachable to have explanations of direct links between the two. It made me feel as though the areas I would like to improve and focus upon in my life are actually fixable with a manageable plan which Dr. Bobinet helps you to put in place. I've gone on to recommend this book to several friends and it has led to many interesting conversations. If you are interested in breaking negative behaviors and habits that keep you from moving forward in your life, this book offers a helpful science based approach.
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Dr. Kyra Bobinet makes neuroscience and behavior change accessible to all in an enjoyable, well-written read. A great book for anyone wanting to change their life, using personal examples and structured exercises to design change. I plan to recommend it to my patients who are struggling to stay motivated with their health and life choices. As one of her former medical school classmates, and current friend, I remain in awe of her wisdom, compassion and strengths, and her willingness to share personal examples to help others succeed in iterating behavior change.
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By David Ngo on January 14, 2016
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Wow. I've read a lot of books in this area of (applied) psychology, design, and life. I've even had the pleasure of engaing with Dr. Bobinet, too, on multiple occasions. AND . . . I still learned so much. Not only did I learn about specific neuroscience concepts, but also I learned more deeply (and importantly) who Dr. Bobinet is as a person. It was illumnating -- to the mind and soul. The book is authentic -- because the author is 100% authentic. Thanks for sharing this with the world.
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Dr. Kyra Bobinet succinctly lays out an excellent road map for navigating thru life at any age. While useful for me personally I plan on giving this book to all my children so that they can have an easier time on the journey. Thank you for the inherent wisdom and style displayed throughout this book and for sharing your experiences with us. A very uplifting, inspiring and humanistic approach.
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An Amazing Book! A fundamentally different approach to behavior change. The combination of neuroscience, meditation, mindfulness, and personal empowerment, along with practical design tools, makes this is a book you will go back and read again many, many times. The personal and engaging writing style made this one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a very long time!
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