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A course in happiness: well-being and personal development [Kindle Edition]

Frank Ra
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Book Description

Do you want to start cultivating joyful living, here and now? Do you want to give yourself permission to be happy? "A course in happiness" is here to facilitate you, both as Kindle book and online course you can take at your own convenience.

This book has already made a difference in the lives of thousands of people like you, and it received stellar media coverage in North America, Europe and Asia. It offers tools to assess one's subjective well-being, and approaches to live a happier, purpose-driven and flourishing life.

The first eleven chapters of the book are based on AmAre, an acronym which stands for "being":
- Aware and Accepting
- Meaningful and Motivated
- Active and Attentive
- Resilient and Respectful
- Eating properly and Exercising

They also address questions like “Is happiness an inside job? Or does it depend on external factors?” by thinking in terms of degree of facilitation. “Some events are like a weight” says Frank, “making harder for people to fly; some are like a lift, facilitating people's happiness. However, considering even the way human beings discern between weights and lifts is subjective, happiness is about attitudes and choices, it is not a place to reach through external factors”.

Topics covered in the book include:
- Happiness is a way of living
- Power of context
- Being aware of awareness: consciousness matters

The author of the book, Frank Ra, is a Dharma instructor and well-being facilitator, has been coaching and working in eCommunication since late 1995; he studied Dharma, Business, and graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy.

He is Italian, has spent most of his adult life in North America, England and Estonia, and travelling around the World. He settled in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

=== Testimonials about Frank, his well-being work and this book ===
"This book can change your life, as it did with mine. It works better when you share your expanded awareness with people who are dear to you, so you can share the joy".
Kai

"I was moving to a new city and was gifted this book for the plane ride. I could feel a sense of peace moving across my body as I read through the chapters."
Tracy

"This amazing book was suggested by a friend of mine who was very impressed by the author(')s "am/are" approach to personal development".

"Reading this g(a)ve me more motivation to continue whith the live that i have dealing with my sick parents and praying daily for more energy to continue taking care of them. Thanks for your kin(d) words".
Luz

"Thank you for the great book"
Peter, NY

=== Quotes about happiness ===
Some people CHASE happiness. And some people CHOOSE happiness...
― Robert Holden

What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
― Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

I feel that when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.
― Louise Hay

Happiness is a habit, cultivate it.
― Elbert Hubbard

To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.
― Cicero


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About the Author

Frank Ra is the author of the Amazon best-sellers (Kindle and paperback edition) "BioHarmonizing" and "A course in happiness". Frank is Associate Producer of Eckhart Tolle's movie Milton's Secret, and facilitator of the Eckhart Tolle Vancouver meetup. Frank is Italian, has spent most of his adult life in North America, England and Estonia, and travelling around the World. He settled in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. He is a Dharma instructor; has been coaching and working in eCommunication since late 1995; he also studied nutrition, business and graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy. Travelling around the World and meeting different cultures, he understood what we need to be happy is already available here and now; we just need to look and see the context with open eyes. He also think that life is the ultimate koan, with hints can be found both within and outside one's tradition, and the final answer lies only within oneself - or the lack of it as understood in the conventional way. You can contact him on http://www.amareway.org/ In Italian, AmAre means "to love"; in English, interconnectedness: (I)Am (we) Are. AmAre stands for being: A - Aware and Accepting M - Meaningful and Motivated A - Active and Attentive R - Resilient and Respectful E - Eating properly and Exercising You can measure your AmAre Index on http://www.amareway.org/ which also publishes daily updates about spiritual insights and evidence-based research, to facilitate living a happy and meaningful life for the benefit of all beings. It hosts guest-posts from leading researchers and practitioners in different fields, from neuroscience to First Nations' wisdom, from Dharma to positive psychology, etc..

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  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
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  • Publisher: A course in happiness (June 13, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00563YNYK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achieving happiness has never been easier. March 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Throughout our voyage in this wonderful quest called life, we sometimes hit a few bumps in the road. Too many of these in a row might steer us off course and into unfamiliar territory. However, a couple of setbacks shouldn't deter us from traveling any farther. Sometimes it's better to stop and ask for directions or even talk to someone who's traveled down the same path. Wherever you may end up in life, it's not the goal at the end that defines us but the journey along the way that makes us who we are.

If my introduction didn't lay it on thick enough, I must say that I've had my fair share of setbacks in my day. Nothing is worse than that horrid feeling of uncertainty that continually haunts our thoughts. The demand it takes on our bodies is sickening. But, as I've learned in my many years taking in and now imparting wisdom, that life doesn't have to be that way. We can control not only our fate but how we deal with the unexpected bumps along the way. I'm a huge fan of self-help books and this one by Frank Ra really stole my attention. His theories into controlling happiness really spoke to me and I had to dive in further for a closer look. I really enjoyed the rational, consistent, and logical arguments presented in his book. A lot of times, self-help books will preach the same message over and over again that it becomes dull and otherwise "preachy". That can be received very harshly by anyone trying to pull the real message from within. On the other hand, Frank's book A Course in Happiness succeeds where so many others have failed.

The entire book is broken up into specific segments and chapters. Each one defines in detail how your happiness is regulated and what you can do to control it. I particularly liked the chapter dealing with eating properly and exercising.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, researched book July 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an interesting and practical read dissecting the nature of how to be happy by being aware (of your body, relationships, environment). The book won't make you happy - that is still your job; the book gives practical steps to help you discover your own happiness.
The author has definitely researched the field and brought back a lot of useful information. The book gives a formula to calculate your level of subjective well being; it lays out the basic daily routine of Ayurveda to help you with balance; and tells you about the wisdom of the First Nations (eg. The Teachings of Seven Grandfathers).
I like that the author has taken a dry topic (can you really discuss happiness?) and made it a guide with practical examples and routines that help you be more aware of yourself and surroundings and thereby set you on your own journey to find happiness.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be always happy March 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is my happiness project blueprint, after reading many self-help books and attending personal development courses, I can say A course in happiness is the most inspiring and effective happiness book available. Other readers shared a similar journey, I can understand them.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The meaningful life March 23, 2012
By cohe59
Format:Kindle Edition
A happy life is a meaningful life, a life well spent. AmAre shows the path to joy, it is simpler than we usually think, we just need to let it unfold thanks to these wise affirmations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inner smile, smiling together March 23, 2012
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A Course In Happiness opens your inner smile, with practical tools and personal development strategies to live mindfully and happily. Smiling together on our way to a more joyful world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Choose to be happy here and now March 19, 2012
By ella
Format:Paperback
I love the author's blog and his online courses, and this happiness book has been my companion for weeks now, reading its pages, going back and forward through the text to uplift my mood, well done!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling well and doing well for the world March 20, 2012
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You and me are part of the same world, we know it, A course in happiness is a reminder to this fact, and a testament to a better present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness March 13, 2012
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I understood that happiness has to be at the top of your priority list, or other things will take precedence on it. I learnt to make happiness my priority with this "Course in happiness", you can do the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to live a meaningful life
If you have searched for happiness everywhere, often in all the wrong places as I did, this book can open your eyes and make easier for you to life a meaningful life. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Dragan
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST BOOK EVER. UNREADABLE.
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Published on June 24, 2012 by Stella Nemeth
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor grammar and expression made this unreadable.
I bought this after reading the rave reviews, but was disappointed. The poor grammar and expression were so off-putting that I couldn't read more than a few pages. Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by Mrs Readalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Read a best seller before it goes global
If other books failed you, A course in happiness is the anchor of joy you can count on.
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Published on March 25, 2012 by M. Hornish
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I see in the words of this book the same inspiring wisdom transmitted by masters like Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, condensed in chapters easy to read.
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Frank Ra is the author of the best-sellers "BioHarmonizing" and "A course in happiness". He is Associate Producer of Eckhart Tolle's movie Milton's Secret, and facilitator of the Eckhart Tolle Vancouver meetup.

Frank is Italian, has spent most of his adult life in North America, England and Estonia, and travelling around the World. He settled in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. He is a Dharma instructor; has been coaching and working in eCommunication since late 1995; he also studied nutrition, business and graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Travelling around the World and meeting different cultures, he understood what we need to be happy is already available here and now; we just need to look and see the context with open eyes. He also think that life is the ultimate koan, with hints can be found both within and outside one's tradition, and the final answer lies only within oneself - or the lack of it as understood in the conventional way. You can contact him on http://www.amareway.org/

In Italian, AmAre means "to love"; in English, interconnectedness: (I)Am (we) Are. AmAre stands for being:
A - Aware and Accepting
M - Meaningful and Motivated
A - Active and Attentive
R - Resilient and Respectful
E - Eating properly and Exercising

You can measure your AmAre Index on http://www.amareway.org/ which also publishes daily updates about spiritual insights and evidence-based research, to facilitate living a happy and meaningful life for the benefit of all beings. It hosts guest-posts from leading researchers and practitioners in different fields, from neuroscience to First Nations' wisdom, from Dharma to positive psychology, etc..


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