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Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A philosopher's simple guide to the psychology of joy, satisfaction, and a meaningful life Paperback – June 27, 2014
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"What a beautiful gift--four simple steps that can end what is so often, and for so many, a futile quest for a truly happy life...This is a simple, practical guide for anyone who's searching for that elusive state called true happiness." - John McGrail, Ph.D. Clinical hypnotherapist, self-help expert, and author of The Synthesis Effect: Your Direct Path to Personal Power and Transformation.
"This book includes a wonderfully concise distillation of the major precepts of the theoretical foundations of the discipline of psychology including the psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, and biological orientations as applied to happiness. The discoveries contained herein will make an essential addition to the toolbox, of not only mental health clinicians, but to any individual who seeks the essentials of a happy life." - Donald Lynch, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology at Unity College
"What a terrific text, especially for those who have yet to learn lessons of happiness, success, and their personal responsibility in making each happen. Definitely a must read for all!"- LaQuisha Beckum Ed.S. Professor of Psychology at De Anza College
About the Author
Javy W. Galindo, M.A., M.Eng., is a professor of philosophy, humanities, and psychology in Northern California. His latest book is Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A philosopher's simple guide to the psychology of joy, satisfaction, and a meaningful life. This former electrical engineer is also the author of the popular creative thinking text, The Power of Thinking Differently: An imaginative guide to creativity, change, and the discovery of new ideas.
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I will be keeping in mind much of what I have learned from the read, especially the sections concerning ‘flow’ and following intrinsic motivations. Highly recommended!
What strikes me most is having read something that actually convinced me to appreciate happiness as being a choice. That may seem an obvious lesson, but Authentic Happiness was also able to incisively peel apart the ways many of us unwittingly sabotage our ability to choose to be happy each day, because we’re far to busy trying to pursue it in other forms. These insights alone are worth the price of the book.
However, readers who give Authentic Happiness a shot will also find a valuable framework for not only daily living, but, more accurately, moment by moment living – and a path to discovering a freeing new way to enjoy life. Thanks to the author for sharing this work with the world!
The book is written from the perspective of psychology professor Dr. Wong writing emails to a woman named Vickay. She asks what happiness really is and why people who have so much still can't find happiness.
Dr. Wong responds in seven emails to Vickay breaking down the mis-beliefs of society and explaining what brings authentic happiness to our life.
The first part of the book dragged and I worried how the format would flow. Much of the studies the author noted were those that I had studied in college and so it resonated with me, but I wondered how the average reader would relate to the book without a background in psychology. I felt that midway through the book, the author hit his stride and was able to convey the concepts in a more relatable fashion with excellent anecdotes on life and the search for happiness.
While reading, I found myself trying out the tips suggested, smiling at the gift of taking a warm shower, having diapers to change my baby with, and food staples to make a dinner from scratch. Galindo shows in his book that those same tasks could be viewed in a negative light and I could be feeling sorry for myself for doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, wiping spit-up off my shirt. The magical gift of authentic happiness is found in a shift in perception.
I loved Dr. Wong's metaphors for living life Easy, Light, Smooth, and Meaningful taken from a running expert's wisdom. I found myself jogging one morning while reading the book and thinking about how my day could be Easy, Light, Smooth, and (Fast) Meaningful.
I'd recommend this book because I think that you could definitely glean several nuggets of life-changing wisdom from the positive psychology expertise of Dr. Wong.
I was given an e-copy of this book in return for my honest review.