The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
This is a Real Quote of the Buddha’s. This is also a Powerful Image, and the message strikes one as both Intuitively True, Commonsensical, and more so, it’s a “tried and tested Truth,” with 2,600 years of proven Research & Results. But that is is what is called “Allegorical Evidence,” not True Scientific Method, which can be measured with Empirical Data. I can tell you, without a doubt, based on my Experiential Knowledge.
But, what Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. has accomplished in The How of Happiness is just that; she has applied her methods as an Experimental Psychologist to apply the Scientific Method to actually Prove how one can take direct steps the impact the %40 of of our capacity for happiness within our power to change.
I have read many books; both “Self Help” and Dharma Books, i.e.those written by Buddhist, such as the Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, and Pema Chodron about using Buddhist, or Dharma/Meditation methods to become a Happier, Healthier (physically, emotionally and spiritually) Human Being. I Highly recommend the meditation practices called The Metta Bhavana, or The Cultivation of Universal Loving Kindness, and Ānāpānasati, or Mindfulness, that are written to address this exact issue of How to Become a Happier, Healthier Human Being. So, it is no surprise to me that Cultivating Mindfulness, and Meditation are among the dozen, or so methods laid out in The How of Happiness as scientifically proven methods to increase one’s overall degree of Real Happiness. However, what this book also does is provide you with a sort of smorgasbord of options to Pick and Choose from, that You feel you are most likely to actually use and keep using. Furthermore, The How of Happiness uses the proven Scientific Method to show Where and How your efforts and time are going to actually make a real difference. For example: one’s own Nature and Nurture, or Genetics and Childhood Development are what she calls our Set Point contributes to %50 of one’s Happiness, but only %10 of one’s happiness can be attributed to differences in life circumstances or situations! That means if you think More Money, or a Different Job is the Solution to you lack of Happiness, you are WRONG. This book is designed to address the remaining %40 that determines our level of Happiness, with Scientifically Tested and Proven methods to have the Greatest Impact on those aspects to which one has the Power to Change! This is why I recommend this book to All of my Friends, and anyone else that wants to be HAPPIER.🙂
Drawing on her own groundbreaking research with thousands of men and women, research psychologist and University of California professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has pioneered a detailed yet easy-to-follow plan to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives-in the short term and over the long term. The How of Happiness is a different kind of happiness book, one that offers a comprehensive guide to understanding what happiness is, and isn’t, and what can be done to bring us all closer to the happy life we envision for ourselves. Using more than a dozen uniquely formulated happiness-increasing strategies, The How of Happiness offers a new and potentially life-changing way to understand our innate potential for joy and happiness as well as our ability to sustain it in our lives.
Beginning with a short diagnostic quiz that helps you to first quantify and then to understand what she describes as your “happiness set point,” Lyubomirsky reveals that this set point determines just 50 percent of happiness while a mere 10 percent can be attributed to differences in life circumstances or situations. This leaves a startling, and startlingly underdeveloped, 40 percent of our capacity for happiness within our power to change.
Lyubomirsky’s “happiness strategies introduce you to the concept of intentional activities, mindful actions that you can use to achieve a happier life. These include exercises in practicing optimism when imagining the future, instruction in how best to savor life’s pleasures in the here and now, and a thoroughgoing explanation of the importance of staying active to being happy. Helping you find the right fit between the goals you set and the activities she suggests, Lyubomirsky also helps you understand the many obstacles to happiness as well as how to harness individual strengths to overcome them. Always emphasizing how much of our happiness is within our control, Lyubomirsky addresses the “scientific how” of her happiness research, demystifying the many myths that unnecessarily complicate its pursuit. Unlike those of many self-help books, all her recommendations are supported by scientific research. The How of Happiness is both a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to all those who have questioned their own well-being and sought to take their happiness into their own hands.
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