How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People--Their Secrets, Their Stories Paperback – Jun 1 2004
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Foster and Hicks conduct workshops internationally in the development of interpersonal skills. For this book, they interviewed happy people from all walks of life, from the United States to Eastern Europe. The resulting personal stories, writing exercises, and quotes together inform and instruct the reader in the nine principles discovered by the authors in their travels. Foster and Hicks use their nine choices to teach leadership development in the corporate world and also as a diagnostic tool for medical doctors. These choices include the active intention to be happy, accountability, identifying needs and desires, and centralizing goals by creating a dream list. These are followed by recasting (looking at experiences in positive ways), exploring options, appreciating every day, the art of giving, and, finally, exploring truthfulness. Similar to Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance (Warner, 1995) and the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, this is recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.?Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is easy to read. The authors systematize their happiness concepts to aid understanding. They provide simple tools and raise straightforward questions to help readers to reflect. There are examples of life scenarios that we commonly face.
There are positive messages (e.g. we choose our own feeling, turning negative emotions to positive energy) that make people feel good. You may find certain contents similar to other self help books. These can bore you, but it is natural to find some life principles appear before us often.
Suggest you don't read it in a rush. Give full attention, and take time to reflect. This can maximize the book's values to you.
Is this something typically American to be persuaded by books like this? I know that my attitude is very critical, because I read these as researcher of well-being and happiness. The best way to reach happiness is by practicing virtues and seek joint happiness.
This book focuses how an indivdual can change their life via the choices made on a daily basis. The examples of leadership and personnal growth that are chronicled in this book are the bedrocks of both happy lives and successful enterprises. Anyone who has worked or lived among morose, downtrodden and dispair ridden coworkers or family members can see the value and potential in people who come to the realizations outlined in this book. The individual transformations outlined in the book are similar to those I have seen in coworkers and family members over the past 20 years. Also, I can say that the areas in my own life that are not all I'd like them to be are in some way "out of alignment" with a principle outlined in this book. Overall, it is right on target.
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This book inspired, capitivated, and challenged me to grow. The wheel of happiness that Foster and Hicks illustrate is a method that works and has been integrated into my life. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Joleen
I wish that I could give everyone this book! When I read this book in my mid-30s, I had come to the sad conclusion that I was somehow incapable of being happy. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002
This book CHANGED my life. After my father had heart surgery last summer, my life was up-side-down. I was so sad and didn't know what to do to get back on track. Read morePublished on March 14 2000
The author's outline of the "9 choices of extremely happy people" seems fairly complete: intention (to be happy), accountability (for one's own happiness), identification... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 1999
I am a happy person. I won't go so far as saying I am wise, but I did not become happier by accident. It was a conscious choice. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 1999 by Jennifer
Beware of dismissing this book as a typical self-help book! Based on research of people who are happy, Foster and Hicks have written a book that is useful to a wide spectrum of... Read morePublished on July 25 1999 by CWTierney@aol.com