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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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 2nd ed. edition (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039952990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399529900
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"How do I help my patients learn to be happy? I prescribe this book."

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"Happy" is probably one of the first words we learnt in our life. It is important enough. However, how many of us are really consciously seeking the REAL happiness ? This book can facilitate this consciousness, and self discovery ... who am I, what do I really want ?
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.
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By A Customer on April 16 2004
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Perhaps I have read too many books of similar offerings in order to be happy about these books. My reaction was sadness after this -and many similar - book. This is not as naive and simple-minded as some others, but I am not convinced. Can we really follow these kind of directions? I doubt that we can really change our ways of life by just reading books. The world would be full of happy people. These kind of books may get you feel a bit better, but I doubt that there are lasting effects. There have bee happiness programs which consists of many hours of seminars and lecttures and their results have been meager. Positive, yes, but not markedly so.
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.
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I think a lot of us suspect that happiness doesn't actually spring from weiging less, getting rich or getting someone to love you. Plenty of books tell you what won't make you happy. But where does happiness come from, then? The authors of this book make it clear that it doesn't come from the Happiness Fairy, it comes as a result of certain decisions that anyone can make. I was very fortunate to come across an excerpt from this book in a review, on the fridge of a family friend. It listed the steps one must take in order to be happy. At the time, I was 21 years old, miserable and desperate, wanting to leave what I now know was a very abusive relationship. I was so beaten down emotionally that the idea that my happiness was important, that I needed to "intend" to be happy and to make it central to my life (2 of the steps), was astounding. I could do that?? Close to the end of the relationship (coincidentally?), I got this book. It was exactly what I needed. I learned how to figure out what things would make me happy and to take responsibility for doing those things. It's not about being selfish. Only truly happy people can be truly generous. This book was an important part of me leaving that person, getting back in school, taking care of myself for real, rebuilding my life. Nowadays, I am a happy person with a life that I love, and I periodically go back through the steps, because what makes you happy changes. As people have said, happiness is a way, not a goal. I would recommend this book to anyone, period. It was truthful, it was simple, it was helpful--not intrusive or dictating, just factual with that ring of clarity and common sense. It's not flighty or self-centered to want to be happy, it's the necessary first step to a life worth living through. You can make the choice too. It's work, but it's worth it!
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All I have to say is if a person tries to listen to their minds meaning their heads or the reasonings of anyone else other than ones own self there is going to be a price to pay. Are you willing to risk the lives of your babes if you have children not to mention the life of yourself. I'm not just talking your physical life either but something far more precious and to you than one can ever begin to imagine until you no longer have it your emotions, mental well-being, integrity, loyalties everything you have ever stood for in your life is slowly slipping away from you and why all because "You did not follow YOUR HEART" what you felt you needed at the time in your life only YOU know YOU the best don't you think. Listen to what your heart tells you it does not lie. God is in your heart and knows no deceivements. Thank you. JanMarie Von Tersch.. I know first hand experience I'm waking up I sure hope I'm not too late. Now I no why I have been so angry I've been angry with who no one but MYSELF. No more I have to follow my heart I want to be happy again I want to feel alive.
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By A Customer on Dec 10 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was somewhat on the fence about buying this book, but the "choose" in the title is what sold me. I'd just reviewed Stephen Covey's concept of proactivity being based on choice and I wondered if this would lead in the same direction. I found it did. My experience with Covey was that he was the business leader who expressed a system that focused on balancing what is best for the individual with the organization goals, as opposed to the barrage of downsizing, MBO, reengineering, etc. books that basically preached focus on the bottom line and the process, forget the people.
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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