You Can be Happy No Matter what: Five Principles Your Therapist Never Told You

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New World Library, 1997 - Self-Help - 141 pages
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Many people believe they can only be happy when their problems are solved, relationships improve, and goals are achieved. In this simple guide, Dr. Richard Carlson shows readers how to be happy right now - no matter the situation. His plan, based on the principles of Thought (thoughts are voluntary, not involuntary);Mood (thinking is a voluntary that varies function varies from moment to moment and these variances are called moods); Separate Realities (everyone thinks in a unique way and lives in separate psychological realities); Feelings (feelings and emotions serve as a barometer for when one is "off-track" and headed for unhappiness); and the Present Moment (the only time when genuine contentment, satisfaction, and happiness).& This timeless book guides readers through life's challenges and restores the joy of living along the way.

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User Review  - realbigcat - LibraryThing

To good to be true. I've read a lot of what I can "self-help" books and this is not one of the better ones. The book repeats itself many times over to fill in the pages. This books says to control ... Read full review

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This is a very good book for someone who is very unhappy with themselves. It really helps someone get back on track and to be happy. Read full review

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The Principle of Thought
The Principle of Moods
The Principle of Separate Realities
The Principle of Feelings
The Principle of the Present Moment
A Brief Review of the Principles
Solving Problems
Habits and Addictions
A Checklist for Your Life

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Author and psychotherapist Richard Carlson was born on May 16, 1961 and grew up in Piedmont, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, his Ph.D. in psychology from Sierra University, and an honorary law degree from Pepperdine University. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a psychotherapist in private practice. His wrote 30 books that deal with psychological and spiritual health, including the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He was a supporter of the National Center for Family Literacy. He died of cardiac arrest on December 13, 2006.

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