Foreword by Lars-Eric Uneståhl
It was with great curiosity and high expectations that I began reading Marianne’s book. Knowing Marianne since many years back I knew that she used to take every opportunity– through courses and books – to learn about every area connected to “a good life”.
Yet the book has surprised me in a very unique and positive way. You seldom find a book so full of information and from such diverse areas, but which still manages to hold on to a central theme: Providing hope of – and practical tools for – a better life. The book reflects Antonovsky’s criteria for a good and healthy life: comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness.
Marianne has succeeded to explain the most complex facts in a simple and understandable way, which is especially important for readers with little knowledge about this field.
Marianne knows that feelings of meaningfulness is important for high Life quality and wellbeing and consequently she shows how the book’s principles can be used to increase the perception of meaning in life. There is an emphasize on the difference between knowledge and competence and on the development of Life Skills by the transfer of knowledge to Competence through Practice and Training. Usability and Manageability is therefore included as an key component in which both learning by doing and applications practices are connected to – and synchronized with- the training and action model.
The big emphasis on life as a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) project, together with quantum physics’ hypothesis that we “create our own reality” gives this book a strong and optimistic core message, which is especially important in our time. It also gives the reader access to the principles and methods needed to create and maintain a good life.
Lars-Eric Uneståhl, Ph.D.
President, Scandinavian International University, Sweden
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