The How of Happiness A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-30
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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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.

Author Biography

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and an award-winning researcher.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 1
How to Attain Real and Lasting Happiness
Is It Possible to Become Happier?p. 13
A Program for Lasting Happinessp. 14
Do You Know What Makes You Happy?p. 16
Discovering the Real Keys to Happinessp. 19
The Most Rewarding "Work" You'll Ever Dop. 24
Why Be Happy?p. 24
How Happy Are You and Why?p. 27
Where Do You Fit In?p. 30
Happiness Mythsp. 38
The Limits of Life Circumstancesp. 41
The Happiness Set Pointp. 52
The Promise of Intentional Activityp. 63
Conclusionp. 67
How to Find Happiness Activities That Fit Your Interests, Your Values, and Your Needsp. 69
Three Ways That Strategies Can Fitp. 70
Corniness, Againp. 72
Person-Activity Fit Diagnosticp. 73
P.S. More Optionsp. 78
Final Wordsp. 79
Happiness Activities
Foreword to Part Two: Before You Beginp. 83
Practicing Gratitude and Positive Thinkingp. 88
Expressing Gratitudep. 89
Cultivating Optimismp. 101
Avoiding Overthinking and Social Comparisonp. 112
Investing in Social Connectionsp. 125
Practicing Acts of Kindnessp. 125
Nurturing Social Relationshipsp. 138
Managing Stress, Hardship, and Traumap. 150
Developing Strategies for Copingp. 151
Learning to Forgivep. 169
Living in the Presentp. 180
Increasing Flow Experiencesp. 181
Savoring Life's Joysp. 190
Final Wordsp. 204
Happiness Activity No. 10: Committing to Your Goalsp. 205
Six Benefits of Committed Goal Pursuitp. 206
What Kinds of Goals Should You Pursue?p. 208
Recommendations for Committed Goal Pursuitp. 214
Taking Care of Your Body and Your Soulp. 227
Practicing Religion and Spiritualityp. 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 Happinessp. 257
The First How: Positive Emotionp. 258
The Second How: Optimal Timing and Varietyp. 266
The Third How: Social Supportp. 270
The Fourth How: Motivation, Effort, and Commitmentp. 273
The Fifth How: Habitp. 277
Conclusionp. 280
The Promise of Abiding Happiness: An Afterwordp. 282
Postscript: If You Are Depressedp. 285
What Is Depression?p. 285
The Causes of Depressionp. 289
The Most Effective Treatments for Depressionp. 293
The Cure for Unhappiness Is Happinessp. 302
Surmounting Setbacksp. 304
Additional Happiness Activities That May Fitp. 305
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Notesp. 313
Indexp. 359
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