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It's All in Your Head: Thinking Your Way to Happiness Hardcover – December 27, 2005
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
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.Read more ›
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Slow down, step on the brakes and take your time with this book. The info and journaling exercises really help to bring you into living in the present and allowing yourself to be... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stella
I've long been a fan of Stephen Pollan's common sense, practical insights into dealing with the challenges we all inevitably face in life. I think I've read every one of his books. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by A Reader
loved the straightforward approach of the book that let me understand my worries and fears can be overcome by a few simple changes in my thinking, attitude and behavior. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by dookie
This book puts things in a way that anyone can relate to. The personal stories along with the doctors' insights gave me a new perspective on things. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Darlene Glass
If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with someone on a normal level about undoing negative thinking patterns, this book is about the closest you'll ever get in written... Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by Steven Gregory
This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It's based on wisdom, gets to the point quickly, is practical and easy to apply to your life. Read morePublished on April 7, 2008 by Meta Stasis
Looking for a magic bullet to make you happy? Of course, you know there's no such thing. In the end, happiness all comes down to the choices you make each day. Read morePublished on August 30, 2007 by Linda Painchaud-Steinman