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How of Happiness A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

ISBN-10: 0143114956
ISBN-13: 9780143114956
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

A groundbreaking, practical guide to attaining happiness based on innovative scientific research, The How of Happinessis a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands. Drawing upon years of her own pioneering research with thousands of men and women, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals that much of our capacity for happiness is within our power. Detailing an easy-to- follow plan, including exercises in new ways of thinking and understanding our individual obstacles, The How of Happinessoffers a positive and empowering way to sustain a new level of joy in our lives.

John Zeisel is president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care and founder of the Heartstone Way, an innovative and practical approach to the care ofAlzheimer's sufferers. He developed the Artists for Alzheimer's program (ARTZ), which develops cultural experiences for Alzheimer's sufferers. He has a PhD in sociology from Columbia and has taught at Yale, Harvard and McGill.Sonja Lyubomirsky is Professor of Psychology at the University of California - one of the youngest people to attain the rank of full Professor in the University's history. She lives in Santa Monica with her family.

Foreword
How to Attain Real and Lasting Happiness
Is It Possible to Become Happier?
A Program for Lasting Happiness
Do You Know What Makes You Happy?
Discovering the Real Keys to Happiness
The Most Rewarding "Work" You'll Ever Do
Why Be Happy?
How Happy Are You and Why?
Where Do You Fit In?
Happiness Myths
The Limits of Life Circumstances
The Happiness Set Point
The Promise of Intentional Activity
Conclusion
How to Find Happiness Activities That Fit Your Interests, Your Values, and Your Needs
Three Ways That Strategies Can Fit
Corniness, Again
Person-Activity Fit Diagnostic
P.S. More Options
Final Words
Happiness Activities
Foreword to Part Two: Before You Begin
Practicing Gratitude and Positive Thinking
Expressing Gratitude
Cultivating Optimism
Avoiding Overthinking and Social Comparison
Investing in Social Connections
Practicing Acts of Kindness
Nurturing Social Relationships
Managing Stress, Hardship, and Trauma
Developing Strategies for Coping
Learning to Forgive
Living in the Present
Increasing Flow Experiences
Savoring Life's Joys
Final Words
Happiness Activity No. 10: Committing to Your Goals
Six Benefits of Committed Goal Pursuit
What Kinds of Goals Should You Pursue?
Recommendations for Committed Goal Pursuit
Taking Care of Your Body and Your Soul
Practicing Religion and Spirituality
Taking Care of Your Body (Meditation)
Taking Care of Your Body (Physical Activity)
Taking Care of Your Body (Acting Like a Happy Person)
Secrets to Abiding Happiness
The Five Hows Behind Sustainable Happiness
The First How: Positive Emotion
The Second How: Optimal Timing and Variety
The Third How: Social Support
The Fourth How: Motivation, Effort, and Commitment
The Fifth How: Habit
Conclusion
The Promise of Abiding Happiness: An Afterword
Postscript: If You Are Depressed
What Is Depression?
The Causes of Depression
The Most Effective Treatments for Depression
The Cure for Unhappiness Is Happiness
Surmounting Setbacks
Additional Happiness Activities That May Fit
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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