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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412010462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412010467
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Happiness Solution is an extraordinary book filled with wisdom, wit, and profound solutions to creating a life of deep joy and fulfillment. Each page will make your heart dance and your soul smile. This book is perfect for anyone facing challenges and also for anyone who is seeking a deeper level of happiness and meaning in their lives. Through the use of delightful stories, Dr. Gettis is able to impart profound answers in a magical and uplifting manner. It can be read alone or read together with your family. In this very busy world we live in, The Happiness Solution is like a breath of fresh air. Truly a magnificent beacon of wisdom. --Debbie Milam: UPI Syndicated Columnist

Every once in a while, a book comes along that may change the way you live your life. Using psychology, philosophy, humor, and practical experience, Dr. Gettis will teach you that happiness is an option. You'll find this book to be a distillation of dazzling stories, myths, and anecdotes that offer a simple solution to a mundane, unhappy, or struggling life. It will awaken within you a capacity for true and genuine happiness. Dr. Gettis will show you how to remove the obstacles that interfere with your happiness. This is not only an important book, but it is a brilliant, eye-opening book. --Dr. Joseph Luciani, author of The Power Of Self-Coaching

First there was Elavil, then Prozac and Wellbutrin. Now, there is Dr. Gettis' remarkable new book. This book consists of a series of stories, some personal and some almost archetypal. Each story contains the potential to inspire the reader to think, feel, and behave in a self-enhancing way. This book, full of wisdom, gives countless tips and ideas to pull out of low energy and depressive states, and pull into the joy, beauty, and creativity of life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be happier and live a more spiritual and satisfying life. --Dr. Sam Menahem, President of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy.

This book is intoxicating. It may change the way you live your life. --Dr. Joseph Luciani, bestselling author of The Power of Self-Coaching

The Happiness Solution is extraordinary. It is filled with wisdom and profound solutions. --Debbie Milam, UPI Syndicated Columnist

This book is intoxicating. It may change the way you live your life. --Dr. Joseph Luciani, bestselling author of The Power of Self-Coaching

The Happiness Solution is extraordinary. It is filled with wisdom and profound solutions. --Debbie Milam, UPI Syndicated Columnist --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Alan Gettis is a clinical psychologist who is well steeped in both Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. His previous books include Sun-Faced Haiku, Moon-Faced Haiku and the critically acclaimed Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing On Your Feet In An Upside Down World.

In the 1960's, Dr. Gettis was a Viet Nam-era army psychologist stationed at a military hospital. In the 1970's he was Chief Psychologist at a large mental health center in northern New Jersey. For the past 32 years, he has maintained a private practice in River Edge, NJ, where he specializes in individual psychotherapy for adults. He lives in northern New Jersey and in Cape Cod with his wife and children.


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Dr. Alan Gettis is a masterful story teller.
Samuel Menahem
You will put it on your shelf and reread it in a month, or reluctantly, you may loan it to a friend with the stipulation that you must have it back!
Dr. Joe
If the reader keeps an open mind, this book can help anyone begin the steps to allow more peace and happiness into their lives.
Carol Brown

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joe on April 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Happiness Solution by Dr. Alan Gettis isn't the type of book you buy, read a few pages and wind up saying, "Oh well." This is a profound and powerful book that you will want to read from cover to cover. You will put it on your shelf and reread it in a month, or reluctantly, you may loan it to a friend with the stipulation that you must have it back!

I'm a confessed devotee of Dr. Gettis's unique healing philosophy and wit. His first book, Seven Times Down, Eight Time Up, has served me and my patients for years. I'm a psychologist who works with anxiety and depression; people who long for solace and happiness in their lives. At some point, every one of my patient gets introduced to Dr. Gettis's writing. I do this because Dr. Gettis looks at life differently. His gift is to be able to distill the essence of why we struggle and then, using parables, anecdotes, and humor (that I guarantee will have you laughing out loud), offers the reader an honest-to-goodness solution. There's only one word to describe this book, "intoxicating!" It is truly a reading `high,' that will change you, buoy you up, and get you to believe that happiness isn't something that happens to someone else-it's something that you generate!

Dr. Joe Luciani
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
"The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy and Meaning in an Upside Down World" is a self-help guide by clinical psychologist Dr. Alan Gettis is a self-help guide that blends cognitive behavioral therapy and Zen wisdom. Structured in the format of very short vignettes, each with a lesson, "The Happiness Solution" encourages the reader to take control of his or her emotions for an improved quality of life. From giving oneself permission to be happy now, rather than wait for self- imposed conditions to trigger happiness ("I'll be happy when I'm married," or "I'll be happy when I get promoted"), to the importance of learning to lighten up and enjoy the gift of humor, "The Happiness Solution" offers valuable insight in the amusing form of parables. One insightful story tells of two shoe salesmen sent to a Pacific island; one writes his boss saying "Coming home tomorrow. No one here has shoes." and the other writes "I'll be here for a long time. No one here has shoes!" Helpful, amusing, and steeped in insight, "The Happiness Solution" is highly enjoyable simply to browse through even for readers who are already content with their lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sofia Steryo-Bartmus on June 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
By Sofia Steryo-Bartmus, Author, "Paws of Wisdom"- Valuable Lessons We
Can Learn From Our Pets

Stories are the best way to make a point and Dr. Gettis does that so well. Everyone will find a story which they can relate to. Therefore, through a collection of easy and simple advice you can use, this book will take you to the next level of happiness regardless of where you are now. Each story will add value to your life through perspectives you may not have thought about before. It is a book you can read over and over. Read a chapter or two at a time as a daily devotion and then apply what you learned.

We all have challenges in life, but it is how we perceive them that will make us happy or unhappy. There are too many illustrations to mention here, but I liked the question asked in one of the chapters: How can I be happier? And the answer? Consider the Chinese Parable: If you want
happiness for a year, inherit a fortune, if you want happiness for a lifetime, help others...What a great advice!

Not only did I enjoy the book very much, I also learned a lot about myself. I recommend it to everyone, young and old, happy or unhappy. There is no one who would not benefit from at least one new idea for more happiness in this Upside down World!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl Bachmann on April 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is like going to visit my favorite uncle when I was a kid. The family would sit around the kitchen table and listen to my uncle's stories, jokes and pearls of wisdom. No matter how bad I might have felt when we left to go to his house i always felt uplifted on the way home.

Dr. Gettis has a way of taking some of the most profound philosophical and religious ideas and making them practical and usable in our daily lives. No pie in the sky here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Wilhelm on September 8, 2008
Format: Perfect Paperback
...so I could give this book (4) four thumbs up!

"At last, happiness' rubber meets the road! The Happiness Solution is a wonderful blend of the teachings of The Law of Attraction, Far East philosophy and Positive Psychology. I highly recommend this book to all and will be rereading it soon." - Donald A. Wilhelm, Author of This Time's a Charm; Lessons of a Four-Time Cancer Survivor
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rod Harrington on July 25, 2008
Format: Perfect Paperback
The Happiness Solution is subtitled Finding Joy and Meaning in
an Upside Down World. The author's premise is that happiness is
not an elusive 'something' you'll have if you're lucky--but
it's a quality of life everyone can find and learn to
experience.

There's an Indian proverb: "Tell me a fact and I'll learn. Tell
me the truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will
live in my heart forever." This book isn't some psychologist's
textbook about the science of happiness. It's more like a
friend's journal, in which he shares anecdotes and stories
about happiness.

It's not a book that's stuffy and hard-to-read. It contains
over 80 short chapters, each one focussing on an anecdote or a
quotation. I love these: they make me think about my own life.
Here are a couple of quotes that made me ponder:

"Everyone dies, but not everyone lives." (Zoe Kaplowitz)

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you
do are in harmony." (Mahatma Gandhi)

In one chapter, I came across two little anecdotes that made me
think:

"If one places gnats inside a test tube and closes the top, at
first the gnats try to jump out and each time they hit the
closed top. After about an hour, they give up and one can open
the top and the gnats will remain put and eventually die of
hunger." Have I given up because of some past negative
experiences?

"In India, elephant keepers train baby elephants to stay put by
tying a rope, with a stake on the one side, round one leg and
placing the stake in the ground. The baby elephant pulls and
pulls on the rope to no avail.
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