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The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want Paperback – December 30, 2008
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"Finally we have a self-help book from a reputable scientist whose advice is based on the best experimental data... The How of Happiness is smart, fun, and interesting - and unlike almost every other book on the same shelf, it also happens to be true."
-Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University professor of psychology and author of Stumbling on Happiness
"A guide to sustaining your newfound contentment."
"Lyubomirsky's central point is clear: a significant portion of what is called happiness . . . is up for grabs. Taking some pages out of the positive psychology playbook, she coaches readers on how to snag it."
-The New York Review of Books
"Is lasting happiness attainable or a pipe dream? For the last eighteen years, University of California-Riverside professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has studied this question, and what she reports might even sway pessimists."
-U.S. News & World Report
"The right place to look for science-based advice on how to become happier."
-Martin Seligman, author of Learned Optimism
About the Author
SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY is professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky and her research have been the recipients of many honors, including the 2002 Templeton Positive Psychology Prize and a multiyear grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her family. Her next book, The Myths of Happiness, will be published by The Penguin Press in January 2013.
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It gives very practical and do-able exercises, supported by science, to help the reader create happiness in her/his life. Even better, it gives so many methods that the reader can pick and choose the kinds (s)he feels will work best for him/her. There is even a quiz to help give insight into which methods will work best for you.
What is interesting, is that it also warns against adaptation. Have you ever noticed that you get really happy about something, and then later it doesn't make you happy any more? The book includes advice on how to avoid adapting to things that create happiness.
The only weakness of the book is this: It makes you feel like the 50% of happiness that depends on genetics is totally out of our control. This is not true! What we eat influences our genetic "destiny"! Our diet feeds our genes. So that part of our control of happiness was overlooked in this book. Nonetheless, it is so packed with info, I felt it deserved 5 stars.
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