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The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment Paperback – September 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608822834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608822836
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you have this book in your hands you are about to make an exponential leap forward in your own personal evolution. Altman's compassionate, sturdy voice gently guides you through seemingly disparate pieces of your internal landscape back to your center, from which self-reliance, self-worth, empathy, and a renewed sense of your innate natural joy can abound. This is a calming and inspirational manual for restructuring any faltering emotional system; an exploration of this book may result in effervescent joy and unbridled contentment.”

—Christopher Kennedy Lawford, goodwill ambassador to the United Nations, CEO of Recover to Live and Global Recovery Initiative, global speaker on recovery, and best-selling author of Moments of Clarity and Symptoms of Withdrawal



“The most important discovery that human beings can make is the discovery that they can change their state of mind from negative to positive. We do not have to be victims of our minds and its moods. In this book Donald Altman describes eight simple ways (tested and proven by research) that we all can become more joyful and at ease in our lives. It's just what the doctor prescribed—free happiness medicine! Why don't you try it?”

—Jan Chozen Bays, MD, pediatrician and Zen roshi (teacher), and author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food and How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness



The Joy Compass is a refreshingly user-friendly manual that nimbly demonstrates Donald Altman's decades of expert experience teaching practical techniques of applied mindfulness. This potent little book provides extremely timely advice for a stressed-out society!”

—Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, coauthor of You Are Not Your Brain



The Joy Compass presents invaluable insights and exercises for training yourself to be more present, lucid, and filled with joy—even during life's most ordinary moments. It is a must-read for anybody who is serious about developing present-moment awareness, simple happiness, and freedom from anxiety and depression. Use it just like a sailor uses a real compass—as a guide into the calm joy of sunny skies and quiet seas.”

—Tobin Blake, author of Everyday Meditation: 100 Daily Meditations for Health, Stress Relief, and Everyday Joy



“What a refreshing guide to rejuvenation and self-discovery. Donald Altman’s new book, The Joy Compass, provides eight strategies that will open your mind to possibilities you may never have considered. This book is a must-read for all who are seeking mental enrichment in ways that are as fun to read as they are perceptive.”

—John Baldoni, author of Lead with Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself



“Study after study shows that people who are happy and optimistic are also healthier and live longer—and now Donald Altman has given us a wonderfully practical guide to achieving the very emotions and attitudes that ensure good health. Highly recommended!”

—Bill Gottlieb, CHC, author of Alternative Cures



“Donald Altman’s books are always full of creativity, kindness and wisdom. This former Buddhist monk is a monastery onto himself, growing a virtual sangha of readers around the ancient meme of joy and presence. The Joy Compass is perhaps Altman’s most brilliant metaphor to date. Life is a pursuit of well-being, and learning to pay attention to this body/mind compass of joy within us is the ultimate skill of living. With engineering precision, Altman introduces the know-how of attention-training and intention-training and then walks you through a variety of life-applications. The result? A comprehensive map to well-being, with an effective built-in compass to guide your journey!”

—Pavel Somov, PhD, author of Eating the Moment, The Lotus Effect, and Reinventing the Meal



“Don’t be fooled, The Joy Compass is not the latest ‘feel good’ book—though it certainly will point the way to living a life of mindfulness, purpose and fulfillment. Donald Altman’s ‘compass’ comes from his years of practicing in his own life what he teaches in this book and facilitates for his clients and students. He describes the various paths and practices it takes to live life as a creator, rather than a victim to all the forces in the world that conspire to steer us away from a life of choices and vitality. His simple—yet profound—writing rhythm offers ‘content, practice, and reflection.’ This is the ‘CPR’ our modern life needs for resuscitation!”

—David Emerald, co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center and author of The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) and co-author of TED for Diabetes: A Health Empowerment Story

About the Author

Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a practicing psychotherapist, an award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME.org), and an adjunct professor at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. The author of One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Code, and other books, Altman leads workshops around the country on mindful living and mindful eating. He lives in Portland, OR.

Foreword writer Robert Biswas-Diener, DrPhilos, is widely known as the "Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology." His research on happiness has taken him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, Kenya, and India. Biswas-Diener is also the author of The Courage Quotient. He lives in Portland, OR.


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Donald is a psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. Born in Chicago, he now resides in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University as an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program, and is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Donald also serves on the board of directors of "THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL EATING."

In his own words: "Mindfulness is my passion. I ordained in a Burmese Buddhist monastery with a wonderful mindfulness teacher-- the venerable U. Silananda (author of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness). Later, while leading workshops on spiritual eating, I found many people coming to ask me about eating disorders that they were struggling with... and so I returned to school and am now a licensed psychotherapist. I believe it only takes a few grains of mindfulness each day to deepen enjoyment in daily life, and I have seen how it has changed lives in a positive way... one moment at a time!"

In addition to bringing practical mindfulness skills and strategies to anyone wanting a less chaotic life, Donald also travels around the country teaching therapists and professionals how to use clinical mindfulness interventions for anxiety, depression, and stress.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy in Portland on January 4, 2013
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Altman reminds us that joy is accessible via such time-tested paths as laughter, gratitude, meditation, and more. However, we each need to pay attention to our own internal states and embrace our inner work with intention; the author provides easy, helpful exercises to do this. The book is a small, compact guide to mindfulness practices. Very helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LynniePenny on June 22, 2013
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This book would be great for a therapy or support group. A great self-help and self-care tool. It is an easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet on May 22, 2013
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This book's intent is to give us the tools to get beyond the everyday worries, troubles, and stress that keep us from enjoying the joy in every moment. It offers tips and methods for circumventing our brain's natural negativity. We then can better our moods, laugh, and enjoy happy times. There are 8 mindfulness strategies in this book to help you reset your "joy compass" and help you keep joy at hand.
The book was well paced, carefully written, had appropriate anecdotes and enough spirituality to satisfy my soul.
I really found it a reminder to go back and do what comes naturally. Thank You to the author for reminding me of what's truly important.
I gave the book 4 stars because of the ease of reading and application, as well as the writers subject knowledge and my own emotional response.
*I received my copy from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying "Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be." Although easy to say, making up your mind to be happy (joyful) can be hard to do. For those not even aware that this is a conscious choice, Altman's book can be a profound change in life for the good. For those who already know it's possible, but are seeking help in making it happen, this book is a straight-forward and encouraging path.

Free of psycho-babble and religious proselytizing, the book follows a time proven, three-step cycle for making ideas actionable: A point is explained, a case study provides a clear example, and an exercise is described that can help you to immediately turn your new understanding into a positive step toward a more joyful life.

More than just the opinion of its psychotherapist author, this book is well supported with reference to other books and studies, making it both a single volume that brings it all together and a great starting point for more rigorous study.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Vinal on November 27, 2012
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This book had some exercises to try and insights into causes for joy and things that inhibit joy that were very insightful and helpful.
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