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Choosing Happiness : Life & Soul Essentials
by Stephanie Dowrick and Catherine Greer


Overview - Winner of the 2009 Silver Nautilus Award representing Better Books for a Better World
The message of this book is very simple: Right now, you can be happier
More things wont do it. Even a great relationship may not save you. In Choosing Happiness the focus is on the only place where real change can happen: in how you see yourself and relate to other people.
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Overview
Winner of the 2009 Silver Nautilus Award representing Better Books for a Better World
The message of this book is very simple: Right now, you can be happier
More things wont do it. Even a great relationship may not save you. In Choosing Happiness the focus is on the only place where real change can happen: in how you see yourself and relate to other people. The book uses practical guidance and warm, realistic inspiration to show clearly that while you can't always choose what happens in your life, you can choose your responses, values and behaviors ? and the results are life changing.
Choosing Happiness offers skills and insights across all areas, from your most intimate relationships to your friendships, extended family, work, and community. Psychologically positive and astute, it also looks at the big spiritual questions that let you value your life rather than just spending it. Small changes bring big results. Beautifully packaged, with a flexibind spine and a red ribbon placeholder, this book is like the wise, kind friend you can't wait to return to again and again."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585425822
  • ISBN-10: 1585425826
  • Publisher: Tarcher
  • Publish Date: January 2008
  • Page Count: 500
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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Books > Self-Help > Personal Growth - Happiness
Books > Self-Help > Motivational & Inspirational

 
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Choosing Happiness: Life and Soul Essentials by Stephanie Dowrick has a title that implies a premise that runs through all four books: that happiness is a choice, not something to merely be hoped for, stumbled upon or given to a lucky few. In fact, "no one can give you happiness," Dowrick asserts. "People, situations, events outside yourself will affect you," but ultimately, "you are responsible for your own happiness." A former psychotherapist and a spiritual retreat and workshop leader, Dowrick explains that by making choices that are right for you and your values, happiness becomes "more a way of living that can also . . . . encompass the times when things do not go right or well."

She ends each of her seven chapters with a summary section, listing "Essential Insights" and "Essential Actions, " such as these from chapter four, Building Self-Respect: Insight—"Self-respect and respect for others live back to back. What's more, self-respect brings peace of mind, as well as happiness." Action—"Encourage yourself as you would a good friend. Focus on your strengths." She divides each chapter into brief segments with subtitles such as "Workplace Values," "The 'Too Busy' Excuse," and "Better Than Fighting" which make it easy to dip back in for a quick "refresher" on a particular topic. You'll be glad this book is in your knapsack as you explore the many hills and valleys of the happiness trail.

 
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