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Happiness...as a Second Language: A Guidebook to Achieving Lasting, Permanent Happiness Paperback – May 1, 2013
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"There are lots of self-help books out there that deal with the topic of happiness, and how to get some, but this is honestly the best one I have ever read." - Cathryn Michon, bestselling author of The Grrl Genius Guide to Life: A Twelve-Step Program on How to Become a Grrl Genius, According to Me!
"Without any of the redundant verbiage and filler that plagues so many, this book is tight, smart, pragmatic, enjoyable, and deeply wise. Don't let its surface simplicity fool you. The author is doing nothing less than challenging the reader to examine everything in his life that stands between himself and happiness." -- Allison Burnett, screenwriter and author of Undiscovered Gyrl, The House Beautiful and Death by Sunshine
"I was pulled into this book because of the high quality of the writing, and I have to admit: isn't being happy more important than anything else? I have a new perspective on happiness and find myself helping myself against my will!" W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times Bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
About the Author
She has spoken at numerous companies, conferences and colleges on the topics of Happiness, Happiness in the Workplace and the Advancement of Women, and has appeared on more than 100 talk shows, radio programs, podcasts and web summits as an expert in these areas.
As a screenwriter, Valerie has worked with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Barry Sonnenfeld, Ice Cube, and others. She made her directing debut with the film, Making the Cut, and has written, produced and directed more than 50 short films, commercials and PSAs, most notably the anti-bullying short, Ballpark Bullies, and the groundbreaking ad, Say I Do, in support of marriage equality.
Prior to screenwriting, Valerie was a corporate securities lawyer with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, where she was one of the lead attorneys on some of the largest IPOs of the Internet era, including E*TRADE. She was an investment banker with SG Cowen and the VP of Business Development for PixelWorld Networks and The CLIC.
Valerie taught at U.C., Berkeley and the Berkeley Law School, and has her BA from Trinity University, her MS from U.C., Berkeley, and her JD from Berkeley Law. She also holds an Honors Certificate in the Science of Happiness from U.C., Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
Valerie makes her home in Los Angeles, where she and her husband, writer/producer Rick Alexander, live with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.
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Good writing doesn't mean the text is complex or difficult. Quite the opposite, good writing is straightforward, easy to understand, and maintains your interest. This book is very easy to get through, but the messages, exercises, and meaningful discussions underneath will stay with you for years, if not for life. The author's writing style makes reading the book a pleasure. The exercises she describes are easy to implement. And if you do what she says, it works.
I saw my friends, my family, in this book. There are things in your life that you can't put into words. You know something is wrong but you don't know how to fix it. Valerie tells you how. It's so simple, yet hard, because habits are hard to break. There are people that spend big money going to shrinks. I know people that have been in therapy for years. This book is a easy read but one that I will need to periodically keep rereading until I learn - my second language -.
I am going to buy a bunch of books and give them out as presents. Birthday's, Anniversaries, Thank you, Xmas, etc. I suggest you do the same. Maybe we can start a new movement where Happiness can take over the world. It seems so many of us wallow in our lot and don't know how to pull ourselves out of the hole. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
I have found myself (almost against my will) implementing the methods proscribed and finding that they do have very positive results. Have I journeyed to a place of constant happiness and bliss? No – and that’s not the author's suggesting. Rather I have learned very do-able, new, methods for changing how I speak to myself and how I look at the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants another tool to help improve themselves and their lives.
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