A Course in Happiness: Mastering the 3 Levels of Self-Understanding That Lead to True and Lasting Contentment

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Penguin, 2008 - Psychology - 294 pages
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A three-part course in one of the most vital subjects known to man: how to be happy.

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands . . .

The simple lyrics of this nursery-school song tune small children in to the important life skill of recognizing and acknowledging good feelings within themselves. For adults, getting in touch with a sense of happiness is rarely so simple. It seems what so many of us need is an education on the subject . . . a virtual Course in Happiness. In this book, Mardi Horowitz draws on more than forty years of experience as a psychiatrist to provide readers with just this.

According to Dr. Horowitz, in order to identify the root causes of our discontent, it is necessary to consider all the experiences, memories, and emotions that constitute selfhood, the true 'I' in each of us. A Course in Happinessguides readers through a strenuous but deeply rewarding education in mastering the three essential life skills that underlie the achievement of this level of self-understanding:

  • INTEGRATION: the ability to assemble all the pieces of one's self into a whole, understood, and respected 'me.'
  • INTIMACY: the capacity to remain closely connected to the warmth of relationships with family, friends, and others in a social community.
  • INTEGRITY: an awareness of which of one's values are most dear and which are lower in priority - and then to be true to what is most important, even in the midst of conflict.

A Course in Happinessoffers a road map for achieving genuine contentment in life.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
lesson one Finding All the Facets of Self
21
lesson two The Importance of SelfReflection
55
lesson three Using Stress for Personal Growth
81
lesson four Connecting to the World
109
lesson five Overcoming Grievances
147
lesson six Setting the Heart Straight
179
lesson eight Breaking Through Roadblocks
219
LESSON nine Surviving Hammer Blows
243
Make You Happier
271
Acknowledgments
281
Supplemental References
293
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David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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