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How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People--Their Secrets, Their Stories Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Foster and Hicks conduct workshops internationally in the development of interpersonal skills. For this book, they interviewed happy people from all walks of life, from the United States to Eastern Europe. The resulting personal stories, writing exercises, and quotes together inform and instruct the reader in the nine principles discovered by the authors in their travels. Foster and Hicks use their nine choices to teach leadership development in the corporate world and also as a diagnostic tool for medical doctors. These choices include the active intention to be happy, accountability, identifying needs and desires, and centralizing goals by creating a dream list. These are followed by recasting (looking at experiences in positive ways), exploring options, appreciating every day, the art of giving, and, finally, exploring truthfulness. Similar to Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance (Warner, 1995) and the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, this is recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.?Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY
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First, I agree with the author's explanation of happiness, defining the concept in humanistic terms rather than materialistic, sensational, or the result of a quick jolt of adrenaline. They describe it as a rich sense of well-being, sourced in self-awareness, engagement, and self-esteem.
Second, was the chapter on recasting, the ability to deal productively and creatively with all that life offers - good and bad - to turn any experience into a source of hope for the future.
Third, presenting happiness as a choice involving nine specific considerations, all of them interrelated.
In terms of weakness, like many self-help books, this one drags after the first 100 pages, too many predictable anecdotes and dramas as told by all the ordinary happy people interviewed for the book.