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5.0 out of 5 stars Skeptical about the "Science" of Happiness? Buy (don't steal) this Book !, January 13, 2008
This review is from: The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (Hardcover)
As a psychologist for twenty years, it has been drilled into my head that as psychologists we are both scientists and practitioners. Having been a clinician for the majority of my career as well as a book-a-holic, I have been anxiously awaiting Lyubomirsky's book. As Gilbert accomplished in Stumbling on Happiness, Lyubomirsky accomplished in this fine piece of work, a wonderful marriage of both the "science" of psychology as well as the "practical" aspects of psychology. A dream for scholars and clinicians...what a fine contribution this book is to our field.

Lyubomirsky has created a work which will be interesting, challenging, and useful to researchers, practitioners, and the general reader as well. Her book answers the questions about happiness by backing up her assertions with a fine review of the empircial literature. "Harumph", no more touchy-feely stuff for the "soft science of psychology"...Lyubomirsky has created a book that will appeal to both my neighbors as well as my colleagues. This book would be appropriate in a psychology graduate course or a local reading group....

Her tone is deliciously real and edgy, her presentation delightful and well-thought out, and her suggestions concrete, specific, realistic and engaging.

There is something for everyone in this book.

I hate goals, I rebel against goals, tell me I "should" and I certainly won't. Well, after reading this book, taking the tests, I have actually done some goal setting that I might find I can complete without gritting my teeth and gutting it out.

Thanks, Sonja, I will be thinking of you tomorrow at 6am as I head out to the gym.

Beth Waddel, PhD.
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Initial post: Aug 5, 2008 8:38:27 AM PDT
Tony Qski says:
I am just curious if Beth still heads to the gym at 6am. Pat C

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2008 7:38:50 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 8, 2008 7:31:12 PM PDT
she does, i saw her on the stair machine this morning. she was wearing hot pink spandex--hard to miss.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 11:43:17 PM PST
Eleuthero says:
Yeah, right. It helps one to get over trauma or depression by
writing in a journal which only keeps one's mind STUCK in said
trauma or depression. I wish that some small percentage of
you psychological genii had half an ounce of common sense.

I got out of clinical psychology after my masters and went into
a hard science which, at least, has some correlation with reality.
Self-help authors package hackneyed ideas in new garb and
imagine they've "innovated". I think they're just waiting for the
revenue streams, personally.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 11:46:10 PM PST
Eleuthero says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2013 11:54:47 AM PDT
J. Quillian says:
A friend lent me her CD's. I'm here to buy my own copy, and plan on getting gifts for others. You obviously didn't read the book or listen to the CD's, because Sonja does not recommend re-hashing negative things as a way to become happier. She indicates that doesn't work and you already know that. Her suggestions are based on actual double blind studies and research. Wish I'd had this 40 years ago, but then, the research hadn't been done then. You should give it a chance.
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