- Paperback: 259 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (January 19, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312321597
- ISBN-13: 978-0312321598
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better Paperback – January 19, 2004
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“Baker's advice is sound and his presentation engaging.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This wonderfully helpful book is sure to increase the number of happy people with its wisdom.” ―Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“Everyone wants to be happy. So much suffering and illness occur when we look for happiness in the wrong places. In What Happy People Know, Dan Baker distills the best of science and spirituality, sharing with deep and profound wisdom how we can learn to be happy and let go of suffering. Highly recommended.” ―Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; ad author of Love and Survival and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
“Dr. Dan Baker has created a book that we all have been waiting for. It is a significant, practical, insightful, easy-to-read book filled with nuggets that lead us to the road of happiness.” ―Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love is Letting Go of Fear
About the Author
Dan Baker, Ph.D., was one of the original developers of Canyon Ranch and has been director of the award-winning Life Enhancement Program there for 15 years.
Cameron Strauth is the author of 14 books, including several bestsellers, and has been published in nine languages.
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The book discusses the one single key that it all boils down to in life, imo:
There are two primal, overpowering emotions, Love and fear. The tendency toward fear is slightly stronger in most people bc it was so protective of us in the caveman days. The really cool thing is that to some extent, especially just by trying to do it for a while, we can shift to a mostly Love mindset.
Since it is basically not possible to feel Love and fear at the same time, that means fear and things that come out of it like anger, sadness, violence, hate etc. can be hugely cut down and then we are happy most of the time, not anxious or sad. Seriously, it works.
But it was a book to help me to see clearly despite the muddying of psychological understanding the many convoluted, worthless, baseless self-help books out there. What I got from the book is that everyone has a choice in their actions. Even if the choices are limited by calamitous circumstances, they still exist. Instead of falling into the attitude of blame, excuses, and/or paralysis, instead of dwelling on what is impossible, dwell on what is possible. Dwell on solutions. Just this focus on a plan of action to overcome challenges is enough to help a person achieve happiness. I also like how even though the author is obviously religious, and mentions his Christian god a few times, he doesn't emphasize his belief in that god. I'm fundamentally anti-religion and I liked this book.
Highly recommended. However, it's not recommended for all people of course. I bought a copy for a friend but she stopped reading it after a couple of chapters. To her it was "common sense" and really didn't bring her any additional enlightenment. I agree with her that the concepts were very simple and straightforward and everyone knows it. For those who are clear in knowing that life must be lived not in defeat but considering the possibilities, then this book will not be very helpful as they already have that mindset in place in their lives.
It is due in large part to what Dan Baker describes in this book, especially during his discussion of "Job." Ironically, during my grief work my therapist referred to me in the same terms. With the dubious honor as Job2, allow me to whole heartedly recommend Baker's method. It can rock your world.
In spite of it all, no matter what has happened, you will find that elusive sweet spot we call happiness. And you will know how to create more and more of it in your life more and more often.
I highly recommend this book - for everyone. Once you realize that you not only have the power, but the tools, to make your own happiness, you'll never settle for anything less again.
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The biochemistry parts can be bypassed.
The psychology is understandable