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Live a Better Life

Aubrey C. Daniels & Alice D. Lattal

Please note: this is an updated version of Life's a Picnic, by Daniels & Lattal

Written from the authors' decades of real-world experience, Live a Better Life: Using the Science of Behavior to Drive Personal and Social Change shows you how to improve individual performance through the application of the science of behavior. If you want to be a better parent, spouse, teacher, friend, coworker or global citizen, you will find actual solutions in this science-based book that introduces decision-making and learning tools to immediately help you put those solutions into practice. Inside this indispensable guide, you ll find:

  • ideas for reducing the use of threat, fear, and punishment in managing others
  • solutions for how to go beyond the limiting biases of our particular histories to make better decisions about our own and others behavior
  • case studies that illustrate how science-based principles, used in positive ways, can accelerate learning
  • a revolutionary explanation of how labels can limit human potential and what to do instead
  • example-rich accounts across varied challenges at home, work and the larger society about how to shape a better world

After reading this book, you ll fully appreciate the fact that you are not captive to your past because you know how to shape a different and better future that, in fact, human potential in almost all ways, is unlimited.

Live a Better Life: Using the Science of Behavior to Drive Personal and Social Change offers readers a path with which to authentically better their lives by using the science of human behavior. Daniels and Lattal are known experts in the field with decades of successful applications of the science in settings ranging from oil fields to boardrooms, from homes to classrooms. But, as Daniels would acknowledge, of course their applications have been successful – it’s science, after all! Together, they explain the science and deliver strategies to proactively arrange the conditions necessary to thrive. Readers of all ages will come away with not only an understanding of why people do the things they do, but with tools that can be used to help themselves and others improve the human condition.

Mary Sawyer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Co-Owner & Director, Fit Learning Atlanta

Aubrey C. Daniels and Alice D. Lattal

Aubrey Daniels, a thought leader and internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, safety and workplace issues, is considered an authority on human behavior in the workplace. As founder and chairman of the board of directors of his consulting firm, Aubrey Daniels International, he and his staff help organizations employ the timeless principles of behavioral science to re-energize the workplace.


A. Darnell Lattal, Ph.D., is the President of Context Management. She has worked in public schools; mental health facilities; psychiatric prison units; clinical private practice and adult literacy; medical pediatric, oncology, and pain clinics; universities, holding both teaching and administrative posts at the provost and presidential levels. She has published three previous books about management.