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The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky The How Of HappinessA groundbreaking, practical guide to attaining happiness based oninnovative scientific research, The How of Happiness is a powerfulcontribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people whohave sought to take their happiness into their own hands. Drawing uponyears of her own pioneering research with thousands of men and women,psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals that much of our capacity forhappiness is within our power. Detailing an easy-to- follow plan, includingexercises in new ways of thi nking and understanding our individualobstacles, The How of Happiness offers a positive and empowering way tosustain a new level of joy in our lives.Features:* ISBN13: 9780143114956
* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesPersonal Review: The How of Happiness: A New Approach toGetting the Life You Want by Sonja LyubomirskyI loved this book. Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky is called a pioneer in the area ofPositive Psychology. She has authored a book and several papers on thesubject, and is currently Professor of Psychology at the University ofCalifornia, Riverside. Everything in "The How of Happiness" is backed upby Lyubomirskys research of thousands of subjects.The main aspect of Lyubomirskys book I liked the most was the fact that itcan be treated like a manual. Maybe its the shade tree mechanic in me,but when I want to learn how to do something, I want a short, easy way toget the information I want, like a motor bike repair manual. When I work onmy motorcycle, I often have to consult my trusty manual to figure outexactly how to accomplish my task. I scan the table of contents, find thesection I need-- for example, brakes-- and then go directly to that portion ofthe manual to learn what I need to know. I dont have to read the wholemanual cover to cover. I just need the section on brakes.I dont want to suggest that Lyubomirskys book is as dry as a repairmanual because it is not. It is filled with fascinati ng facts and information.But the comparison to a manual of sorts isnt too far off. The authorinstructs her readers at one point in the book to skip over the sections theydont need if they wish. How often have you come across an author whotells you NOT to read what doesnt apply to you?Lyubomirsky can do that because the book is set up so that as you read,you can assess yourself and your own style. In fact, there is an actualdiagnostic assessment you can take to help you understand what kinds ofhappiness-increasing activities are probably best suited to you. Thisassessment appears at the end of Part One so that you can go into PartTwo knowing a lot more about what is likely to work for you.This is really refreshing because so often in "self-improvement books" weare directed to do what has worked for someone else. While thats notalways bad advice, Lyubomirskys approach is scientific --no surprise there.This is critically important because it allows readers to explore themselvesand to choose the activities that feel right for them, which, in turn,increases the likelihood that readers will continue to practice the activities.Like Dr. Martin Seligman, Lyubomirsky explains that about 50% of yourhappiness level is determined by your happiness "set point." That set pointis genetically determined, and is largely unchangeable. She also statesthat another 10% of happiness is based in circumstance. So, that leaves40% of any one persons happiness up to what? Of course you know theanswer to that: 40% of your happiness level is up to you to determine, and
this book helps you understand exactly how to practice activities thatsupport your maximum happiness.In Chapter One, Lyubormirsky explains her view of happiness: ". . .Happiness isnt a knock of good fortune that we must await, like the end ofrainy season. Neither is it something we must find, like a freeway or a lostwallet, if only we know the secret path and if only we could acquire theright job or the right boyfriend. Interestingly, the notion that happiness mustbe found is so pervasive that even the familiar phrase the pursuit ofhappiness (link to my article on HI on this subject) implies that happiness isan object that one has to chase or discover. I dont like that phrase. I preferto think of the creation or construction of happiness, because researchshows that its in our power to fashion it for ourselves." "The How of Happiness" gives readers a dozen strategies to use tobecome more aware, and to increase their overall happiness level. Shecalls the strategies "intentional activities." To become happier, you mustfirst become more aware of yourself and how you behave. It isnt going tojust happen because you read a book. You actually have to "practice"happiness. The How of Happiness gives you great strategies for doing justthat.I encourage you to buy the book, and to follow through with the strategiesthat you find match your style. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!