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You hold in your hands a different kind of happiness book. The How of Happiness is a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of groundbreaking scientific research. It is also a practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, exercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy and ways to sustain it in our lives. Drawing upon years of pioneering research with thousands of men and women, The How of Happiness is both a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands. Book jacket.
Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and an award-winning researcher.
Table of Contents
|How to Attain Real and Lasting Happiness|
|Is It Possible to Become Happier?||p. 13|
|A Program for Lasting Happiness||p. 14|
|Do You Know What Makes You Happy?||p. 16|
|Discovering the Real Keys to Happiness||p. 19|
|The Most Rewarding "Work" You'll Ever Do||p. 24|
|Why Be Happy?||p. 24|
|How Happy Are You and Why?||p. 27|
|Where Do You Fit In?||p. 30|
|Happiness Myths||p. 38|
|The Limits of Life Circumstances||p. 41|
|The Happiness Set Point||p. 52|
|The Promise of Intentional Activity||p. 63|
|How to Find Happiness Activities That Fit Your Interests, Your Values, and Your Needs||p. 69|
|Three Ways That Strategies Can Fit||p. 70|
|Corniness, Again||p. 72|
|Person-Activity Fit Diagnostic||p. 73|
|P.S. More Options||p. 78|
|Final Words||p. 79|
|Foreword to Part Two: Before You Begin||p. 83|
|Practicing Gratitude and Positive Thinking||p. 88|
|Expressing Gratitude||p. 89|
|Cultivating Optimism||p. 101|
|Avoiding Overthinking and Social Comparison||p. 112|
|Investing in Social Connections||p. 125|
|Practicing Acts of Kindness||p. 125|
|Nurturing Social Relationships||p. 138|
|Managing Stress, Hardship, and Trauma||p. 150|
|Developing Strategies for Coping||p. 151|
|Learning to Forgive||p. 169|
|Living in the Present||p. 180|
|Increasing Flow Experiences||p. 181|
|Savoring Life's Joys||p. 190|
|Final Words||p. 204|
|Happiness Activity No. 10: Committing to Your Goals||p. 205|
|Six Benefits of Committed Goal Pursuit||p. 206|
|What Kinds of Goals Should You Pursue?||p. 208|
|Recommendations for Committed Goal Pursuit||p. 214|
|Taking Care of Your Body and Your Soul||p. 227|
|Practicing Religion and Spirituality||p. 228|
|Taking Care of Your Body (Meditation)||p. 240|
|Taking Care of Your Body (Physical Activity)||p. 244|
|Taking Care of Your Body (Acting Like a Happy Person)||p. 250|
|Secrets to Abiding Happiness|
|The Five Hows Behind Sustainable Happiness||p. 257|
|The First How: Positive Emotion||p. 258|
|The Second How: Optimal Timing and Variety||p. 266|
|The Third How: Social Support||p. 270|
|The Fourth How: Motivation, Effort, and Commitment||p. 273|
|The Fifth How: Habit||p. 277|
|The Promise of Abiding Happiness: An Afterword||p. 282|
|Postscript: If You Are Depressed||p. 285|
|What Is Depression?||p. 285|
|The Causes of Depression||p. 289|
|The Most Effective Treatments for Depression||p. 293|
|The Cure for Unhappiness Is Happiness||p. 302|
|Surmounting Setbacks||p. 304|
|Additional Happiness Activities That May Fit||p. 305|
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