How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People--Their Secrets, Their Stories

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2004 - Self-Help - 256 pages
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Now featuring new research and the most current information on the science of happiness, this book presents an outline of the nine choices happy people consistently make.

Also included are tools for self-assessment to allow readers to measure happiness-and to find out what might be holding them back from having more of it. Insightful, intimate, and inspiring, How We Choose to Be Happy lets readers learn by example, and take substantial steps toward joining the ranks of the extremely happy.

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User Review  - hagertyhartfeldt - LibraryThing

required reading for work, wellness discount for insurance, but surprisingly insightful to me, triggered several moments of reflection and thought. Read full review

How We Choose to be Happy

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recommended by a friend of mine and I am enjoying it quite a bit. There are very specific suggestions and ideas. Thought provoking and helpful Read full review

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Kathryns StoryPart One
Our Happiness Model and Scientific Research
The Definition of Happiness
Our Journey to the Happiness Model
Who are the Happy People?
Finding and Studying Happy People
Happiness History and Choice
What You Can Expect?
Is Happiness Superficial and Selfindulgent?
Happiness in the Long Term
Tony Centralizes His Dream List
Cash Versus Centrality
Insecurity Instability and Centrality
When Life Gets in Our Way
Recasting Fear
Recasting LifeAltering Events

How Happy Are You? Rate Yourself
Setting Intentions All Day Long
Daily Intentions
The Lifelong Intention to Be Happy
Janet and Arthurs Big Adventure
Getting Started
Kathryns StoryPart Two
The Blame Game
Defending Yourself
Overcoming Omnipotent Responsibility
Happiness Is Hell for Victims
Turning Life Around
Convergent Versus Divergent Thinking
Creativity Limitations and Boredom
Appreciating Others
Loving Myself
The Commerce of Giving
Kathryns StoryPart Three
The Internal Contract
My Truth
The Truth About What You Need
Like Pebbles in a Clear Lake
Two Happy Lives

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Rick Foster and Greg Hicks are professional training consultants with a specialty in developing interpersonal skills. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, they conduct workshops and seminars throughout the United States and internationally, in public, private, and corporate forums, including in such major venues as Hewlett Packard, Toyota America, U.C. Berkeley, and UCLA.

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