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Product Details

  • Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: StepWise Press (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965826198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965826198
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Todd is a gifted storyteller. And the powerful, uplifting stories he shares in Finding Happiness motivate and inspire us to strive for the stars. Juxtaposing stories about being bullied as a child with magnificent narratives about his impact on worldwide leaders, Todd provides a true-life path to follow that can take any one of us from despair to hope, from anguish to joy. Todd is the real deal; he has the credibility of life experience to guide us on a quest for happiness.
---Dr. Richard Levin
Executive Coach & Leadership Developer, Boston, MA

Depression with high achievers is sadly too common. Todd Patkin courageously pulls back the curtain on this disorder and uses his own life experience to help us understand its perils. This is a must-read for any high achiever who struggles with depression, as Todd reveals to us through his own heartfelt story a practical prescription to a more balanced and satisfying life.
---Jeffrey S. Davis
CEO & Founder of Mage, LLC

This book tells one man s compelling story but it s also a powerful call to action. It s time for us to change what we prioritize, how we live our lives, and how we measure success. We can choose to pursue our present course of being overstressed, overworked, and fundamentally dissatisfied, or we can choose to take Todd Patkin s message of healing and hope to heart. The lessons he teaches apply to people from all cultures and walks of life. And best of all, in Finding Happiness, Todd also gives us the tools to get started growing in a healthier, happier direction.
---Salman Ahmad
Founder of Pakistani Rock Band Junoon UN Goodwill Ambassador

About the Author

Todd Patkin is forty-six years young, and hopes to help as many people as possible to live much happier and much less burdened lives.


Patkin was born into a family who loved him very much and gave him many opportunities. And yet, these privileges didn t translate to happiness. Throughout his growing-up years and even in high school and college he struggled with low self-esteem, being bullied, separation anxiety, and debilitating perfectionism.


Just as Patkin s perfect childhood didn t bring him happiness, neither did his perfect job. After graduating from Tufts University, Patkin joined the family business. He shouldered a lot of responsibility early on, and his first few years at Foreign Autopart (later Autopart International) were marked by even more anxiety and a driving desire to achieve. He was deeply stressed.


The first turning point in Patkin s journey to happiness came in his early twenties when a colleague introduced him to motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Robbins teachings showed Patkin that he could control his thoughts and reactions to the things that happened in his life, and they also gave him the tools to begin managing his overwhelming anxiety and insecurities.


Around this time Patkin also met his beautiful, wonderful wife, Yadira, who is his mainstay and one of his greatest teachers in how to live a truly happy life.


For the next decade, Patkin grew Foreign Autopart, motivated its employees, and welcomed his son, Josh, into the world. He thought he was living the good life...and then everything came crashing down.


After a perfect storm of mental and physical blows, Patkin suffered a crippling breakdown at the age of thirty-six. He couldn t work, exercise, laugh, or even reason, and he thought that, for all intents and purposes, life as he knew it was over. He didn t think he would ever be normal again.


To make a long story short, Patkin s breakdown was actually his breakthrough. He was no longer willing to ruin his own life, as he now realized he had been doing for the last three and a half decades. And today, Patkin can honestly say that he is a truly happy and fairly relaxed person.


Patkin now also realizes that his past bouts of depression, anxiety, and even his breakdown itself are not reasons for shame. Instead, they are the very common results of living lives based on our culture s skewed definition of success an achievement that comes at the expense of balance, family, and, thus, happiness.


Ultimately, Patkin believes that he was put on this earth and made to go through so much unhappiness and anxiety so that he could one day be able to help others learn to become much happier themselves. And if Finding Happiness improves your life in any way, then Patkin s greatest ambition will have been fulfilled.



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Customer Reviews

Regardless of age or struggles this book will help you let some sunshine in.
Tabitha
From getting beat up by a girl, and not being able to recover from it, to being terrified to leave home without his mommy.
jimreaper
Although I am only part way through the book I have already found truth in Todd's words.
Jay Maloney

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Jorgans on January 22, 2012
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I was diappointed with this book. Expected a lot more. Saw the author on FoxNews interview and I was inspired. Bit came to findn out that this was more about his entire life story, and his success in business. Chapters dedicated to his business accomplishments veered too far away from the ideas I was looking for. It was the first time I've seen an author put his own 'quotes' into his book. Probably a nice read if you were interested in this man's life, but not the story of beating depression that I was expecting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mo Green on November 8, 2011
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i found this book to be quite simplistic and not very well written. not to belittle the author's experience with depression, but i'm not quite sure he experienced the true hopelessness one feels when severely depressed as he claims. or, he was just extremely lucky and his depressive episode was quite brief.

i wanted to like and learn from this book. i'm in my first ever severe depressive episode and continue to search for answers. i really didn't find any in this book. maybe i misunderstood the true purpose of this book?

the author sure likes to write about himself and how great his actions were in overcoming depression. to be honest, i was put-off by this. the author is well-off and had the resources to get the best care for his depression and anxiety. great that he takes advantage of this. many depressed individuals are unemployed and uninsured. not a word about this group of people in this book.

if you are a little down and need some simplistic ideas, quotes, etc. about how to get 'back on track' then this book may be for you.

if you are suffering from severe depression i cannot recommend this book. look elsewhere.

* i find it very interesting that most, if not all, the other reviewers have only this book reviewed on amazon? friends of the author perhaps? just saying...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jimreaper on May 16, 2013
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I'm sorry but I just couldn't get over the author's incessant whining and sniveling. From getting beat up by a girl, and not being able to recover from it, to being terrified to leave home without his mommy. Arrghh! I gave up 35% into it. I surely wasn't seeing any happiness; in fact I was becoming increasingly more depressed. I cannot recommend this book. I might try to finish it another time but until then, I have some wet paint that needs to be watched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loves Barbie on June 30, 2012
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The author spends most of the book bragging about his achievements and involvement in various organizations. The editors should have deleted about 200 pages, because it's the same stuff over and over. The last section talks about actions you can take to fight depression. That section is helpful, but the material is covered in other books. I'm sorry I purchased it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Berenson on June 3, 2011
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As the title suggests, Todd Patkin revealed his quest to beat depression and anxiety. But more importantly, he revealed his courage by writing openly and honestly about a disease that most sufferers hide under the rug and combat privately with a great deal of shame. Patkin's chronical can only serve as an inspiration and road map to those who face similar challenges as well as to their loved ones. Other fine books have been written on depression and anxiety by knowledgeable professional mental health providers, but Finding Happiness adds a valuable and understandable front line perspective of someone who has personally confronted the challenges of a disease that needs to be better understood by all those who have been touched by this topic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Cassel on August 24, 2011
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I was a bit skeptical about reading a book on happiness. But I found this book easy to read and quite innovative in its format. It is logically oriented, but shifts to various stories and topics enough to be interesting but not too much to divert from the main points. This book has made me reflect on what my own growth has been in my life trajectory - growing up, college, first jobs, later work experience, etc. The book offers very good advice on business practices, staff motivation, and how to balance work with life to keep to the positive and make life sustainable. The stories will stick with you, and the recommendations will be a good resource over time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ray-Jay on August 19, 2011
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So many books say, "Use these principles to be successful" but do not give good examples on how to actually APPLY them to REAL life. Todd tells us what to do AND tells us HOW HE did it! The book is written in a "Memoir" approach using personal stories as examples and how he applied the recommended principles to his own life to change it. An excellent read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha on July 7, 2011
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Finding Happiness is one part compelling story, one part education, and one part inspiration. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, finding balance, finding your passion or finding clarity in your life path, this book will give you information and inspiration. Regardless of age or struggles this book will help you let some sunshine in. Get a copy today; you will be glad you did.
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