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Thursday, April 26, 2012

How of Happiness: Post #1--Overview

Overview: In The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky we learn that happiness is a full contact sport! Getting happy is not for the lazy or undisciplined. Oddly, happiness takes will, practice, attention, and intention. But the payoff is a life worth living—one full of people, family, friends, and meaning.  We’re all born with a set point for inherited happiness which accounts for 50% of our happiness. All other life events (hurt, divorce, good and bad jobs, ups and downs, etc.) only account for another 10%. But fully 40% of our happiness is up to us and what we intend to do. This is a powerful equation of hope that Lyubomirsky’s research has revealed.  And her equation compels the reader to digest the “hows” of happiness, such as: practicing gratitude; cultivating optimism; avoiding over thinking and social comparison; practicing kindness; nurturing social relationships; developing coping strategies; learning to forgive; increasing flow in your life; savoring joys; committing to goals; practicing religion and spirituality; and taking care of your body. This book is a must read for anyone seriously wanting to move toward a happier, healthier life.

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