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“With humor, humanity, and wisdom, puts the search for happiness firmly in place--within us.” (David Niven, Ph.D., author of "The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People")

“Pollan and Levine offer a deceptively simple way to make you happier and more fulfilled on an everyday basis.” (Robert DePuy, President, Major League Baseball)

“This is an approach to life that anyone can follow and I know will work. You can be happy.” (Christina Norman, President, MTV NetworksChristina Norman, President, MTV Networks)

“Stephen Pollan’s latest work is thoughtful, simple and uplifitng - a fantastic guide to a better life.” (Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Television)

About the Author

Stephen M Pollan is a New York City-based attorney, financial advisor, and life coach.



Mark Levine has been Stephen Pollan's collaborator for more than eighteen years. Together they have authored numerous books, including the national bestsellers Lifescripts, Live Rich, and Die Broke, and most recently, Second Acts. They have been nominated for three National Magazine Awards.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Second Printing edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060759992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060759995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The premise of "It's All in Your Head" is that we already have everything we need to be happy, because the "secrets"/tools are already in our "minds" - But we have to make a choice to shine a light on them again (remember them), and then get them out of our minds and into reality (use & experience them).

Stephen Pollan shares many great insights within the covers of this book - ones that can help us to remember what it takes to be happy - a feeling that many of us strive for day after day. Some of these insights include:

1. We are responsible for our own happiness or unhappiness - so it makes absolutely no sense to blame our unhappiness on

others, or expect others to make us happy.

2. Happiness is different from pleasure - external things can

bring us pleasure, but never happiness.

3. People who are experiencing great lack & illness can still

be happy

4. Happiness is an attitude that can be cultivated - but like

most things, it takes work.

5. Taking the time to remember what you're grateful for each

day can have an amazing impact on your level of happiness

The author suggests 8 "tools" to remember & use while you're working to create an attitude of happiness, and he also includes many different journal exercises to help you out along the way.

I really enjoyed his use of personal stories to bring his thoughts/ideas/tools home - I think we can all find ourselves in at least one of these people &/or situations - which I find to be a another great way to solidify what I'm reading & learning.

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable, insightful, helpful read on the topic of happiness. As such, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to increase their own level of happiness - it certainly has a lot to offer!
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Format: Hardcover
Are you tired of being unhappy? Are you tired of the pessimistic and cynical attitudes that pervade in today's society? Well, here's a prescription for health and happiness that is desperately called for. Stephen Pollan is America's foremost expert in the field of motivation psychology and the business of life. These are not sophist reflections that are not applicable to day to day life, but rather concrete approaches that will allow anyone...and I mean anyone, to find health and happiness right now. There are other writers that publish similar books, but the depth of their knowledge does not equal that of Stephen Pollan. He taught us how to manage our end-of-life finances in "Die Broke." Then he taught us how to "Live Rich" and to create our own "Second Acts." Now Mr. Pollan comes full circle with his guide to finding happiness. As a mental health professional working for one of the countries finest universities, I can't recommend this book more strongly to both my clients and my students. This book will change your life!
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Format: Hardcover
This is probably the best self-help/happiness book I've ever read (and I've read many.) Some readers could be dissapointed because there's not some magical secret that the authors reveal to guarantee happiness - it's more about changing your outlook on life and appreciating what you have. But the advice and exercises the authors provide really work!

This book is written in VERY plain language. No psychobabble, you won't even find mentions of "attachments" or "enlightenment" as are present in many happiness books. Each chapter follows a similar format:

1) An introduction to the idea of the chapter.

2) Examples of three people who suffered from the problematic ways of thinking that the chapter is teaching you to overcome.

3) An in-depth analysis and description of the ideas of the chapter.

4) A follow-up to show how the three people mentioned earlier used these ideas.

5) An exercise to help you get started with this way of thinking.

6) A closing and a bulleted re-hash of the main ideas of the chapter.

The authors also pepper the chapters with MANY examples from movies or books to exemplify the ideas they're trying to explain.

The only two drawbacks I found in the book were:

- it seemed to be geared more towards a middle-aged crowd. I'm in my 20's and most of the examples were people around "mid-life crisis" age. I could still use the ideas presented in the book but many of the examples didn't really apply to my life.

- In the Introduction of the book the authors explain that their use of "God" can mean whatever you want it to (Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Life Force, etc.
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Format: Hardcover
You can run but you can't hide: After reading this book I realized that what was holding me back wasn't my wife, my job (I'm an accountant) or my mortgage -- it was me. It's All in Your Head taught me to slow down, breathe and realize how to live my life today, enjoy it -- and appreciate it. I highly recommend it. Mr. Pollan's book inspired me to take a fresh look at myself -- I feel like I'm walking lighter. A revalation!
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A friend and colleague gave me this book after I noticed him to be in a better and more efficient frame of mind at work. I read the book this weekend and have already implemented the strategy at work and home. This book is clear and concise and, yes, important to find your place in the world.
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