What Happy People Know

What Happy People Know

How the New Science of Happiness Can Change your Life for the Better

Book - 2003
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What Happy People Know

Dr. Dan Baker, director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, has devoted his life to teaching people how to be happy. And apparently, most of us could use a little tutoring.

Research has shown that the root of unhappiness--fear--lies in the oldest, reptilian part of our brains, and negative reactions are often dictated by primal instincts. We're literally "hardwired for hard times."

In What Happy People Know , Dr. Baker uses evidence from the new science of happiness to show us how we can overcome this genetic predisposition toward negative reactions and lead a truly rich, happy, and healthy life.

Maybe you're wishing for more--more money, more friends, more status--thinking that "more" itself will insulate you from fear, making you feel safer and therefore happier. But Dr. Baker's clinics have been filled with VIPs who are just as unhappy as the next guy--some even more so.

In What Happy People Know , Dr. Baker shares the program that has revolutionized the lives of countless unhappy people, VIPs and regular Joes and Janes alike. First, you'll learn the only two issues that ever cause unhappiness and devise your plan to overcome both of them. Then, Dr. Baker teaches you how to spot the happiness traps, the five doomed ways we try to make ourselves happy, only to dig ourselves further into misery. Finally, he shares his happiness tools, the six simple skills that, when practiced consistently, will inevitably lead to greater optimism, courage, good humor, and fulfillment--in short, to happiness.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2003
ISBN: 9781579546021
1579546021
Branch Call Number: 158.1/BAK 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Stauth, Cameron

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ksoles Dec 29, 2012

According to Dan Baker, happiness brings together a healthy outlook on life, physical and mental wellness, a sense of spirituality and personal fulfillment gained through acts of altruism and kindness. His book, "What Happy People Know," guides readers in shaping a happy, meaningful life by providing tools for attaining self-awareness, gratitude and joy.

The book does not aim to "cure" its readers' pasts; rather, it focuses on building on individual strengths to sustain and enrich their lives. Baker writes in a conversational, first-person style and does not lapse into academic lingo. No standard psychobabble self-help text exists here, just clear guidance and universal advice enhanced by Baker's wealth of personal experience.

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k5kat
Jan 25, 2010

Just skimmed this book.

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