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The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy And Meaning In An Upside Down World [Paperback]

Alan Gettis Ph.D.
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June 30, 2006
The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy And Meaning In An Upside Down World is a collection of parable-like stories, myths, and anecdotes. Dr. Gettis draws from his 38 years of clinical experience as a psychologist and combines that with the latest research on the science of happiness. The result is also markedly influenced by Dr. Gettis' passionate involvement with eastern philosophy in general and Zen in particular. The book is written in a down-to-earth, non-pedantic style, that makes it easy to read and digest despite dealing with complex human issues. It combines Zen wisdom with cognitive behavioral therapy, spirituality, and a new paradigm of positive psychology.

The Happiness Solution confronts our societal notions of what brings us happiness. We now know that you're unlikely to find happiness in the mall and that a new BMW will not solve a midlife crisis. So, if power. prestige, sex, money, and possessions don't work, what does? Fame and fortune, education and IQ scores seemingly are also not key players in the formula for happiness. Dr. Gettis uses humor, pathos and stories to provide the solution. He believes we are hard wired for stories, dating back to the earliest cultures and our collective unconscious. He believes that the stories in " The Happiness Solution" may indeed change the way the reader lives her life.

Editorial Reviews


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.

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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK! April 16, 2006
By Dr. Joe
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
"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, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Uncle April 17, 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had two more hands... September 8, 2008
Format:Perfect Paperback 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Welbutrin April 21, 2006
Dr. Alan Gettis is a masterful story teller. In this remarkable book he succeeds in weaving together a series of stories designed to gently lead his readers to happiness. many of the stories are funny. all the stories are designed to uplift the consciousness of his readers. He has an excellent way of suggesting a shift in values from competition and strain to peace and kindness. Yest, the reader doesn't feel bullied into being happy. Rather, he or she leaves with ideas about how to just be happier. I cannot think of a better book on this topic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oprah should read this one! April 23, 2006
Dr. Gettis has written another profound (and easy) read. Anyone who has ever felt lost, alone, discouraged or sad, will find valuable insights into life's quandries. Through stories and histories, Dr. Gettis shows the reader how they can take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings and behavior. This is a good book for the professional and the lay, and Oprah should put this book on her list!
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Everyone should read this book! It makes you find happiness, almost without thinking about it. It just seems to happen. Will be getting this for friends for Christmas this year!
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It gives a very good perception of how to find happiness in very simple things in our life.should be read carefully
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2.0 out of 5 stars made me feel worse
I couldn't read the whole book it just made me feel so miserable.

It was kind of one of those change the way you think and you will feel better.
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