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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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This book is very inspirational and educational for anyone! You'll learn a lot about how to increase your life happiness.
I am an avid reader of psychology and self-help books, with a background in counseling and science. I am planning to become a therapist, and recently became interested in the new field of positive psychology.
While I had absorbed many useful insights from excellent books dealing with conquering negative emotions and depression, such as David Burns' "Feeling Good" and Harriet Braiker's "Getting Up When You're Feeling Down," I had always felt there must be more to psychology than that.
The new field of positive psychology -- moving beyond dealing with negative emotions into building one's positive emotions and strengths -- has been very exciting to me.
Professor Lyubomirsky's book is one of the best books in the field that I have read so far.
She synthesizes the results of dozens of scientific studies to create useful, practical, simple, common sense tactics for people to use who want more happiness and general positive emotions in their lives, and who also want to build up their positive strengths.
A reader does not have to have a science background or a counseling background to implement the strategies she extracts from scientific research done on happiness.
I am now on my third re-reading of her book. It is written in a clear, easy-to-read style, but it is soundly based on complex scientific studies.