Summary of The How of Happiness

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Singer Bobby McFerrin had a monster hit in 1988 entitled Don't Worry, Be Happy. The hypnotically perky, happy song hopped its way across the globe, magically lifting the spirits of listeners everywhere. The lyrics say: “In your life expect some trouble / When you worry you make it double / Don’t worry, be happy / Be happy now.” If only happiness were that easy to achieve. Indeed, happiness requires considerable focus and effort, but psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky promises that it is eminently achievable, even for the galactically unhappy. She outlines some proven psychological stratagems and explains why they work, if you put in the effort. Just be aware of and implement specific mood-lifting techniques to improve the level of happiness in your life. Whether or not you cheer up when you hear McFerrin’s catchy tune, getAbstract suggests giving Lyubomirsky’s scientific happiness-inducing techniques a shot. Don’t worry, be happy: They just might work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the requirements of happiness are;
  • What the happiness “set point” is; and
  • How you can use the 12 “activities” and five “hows” of happiness to become happier.

About the Author

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, and winner of the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize.



You Can Be Happy
Don’t be one of those people who believe they are destined to be unhappy. Reorganize your thinking and guess what? You can be happy, even if you aren’t wealthy, thin, beautiful, admired by your peers or a lottery winner. External circumstances don’t determine true happiness...

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    Cong Vo 1 year ago
    Great lists of habits. Will definitely implement
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    Jorge Abraham Guerrero Alejo 4 years ago
    A very interesting summary. Happiness, as most things in life, requires a process and not a magic trick, This Summary engage and encourage yourself to search within yourself what you need to be happy. It's not a Houdini scene, it's just a matter of wishing, trying and be totally convinced that happiness it's in the front of your mirror.
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    Guest 7 years ago
    The ePub and Mobipocket summary has been re-generated, so there are no strange characters anymore.
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    Janne Ohtonen 7 years ago
    There is something funny in characters of iPad version. That doesn't prevent you from reading the abstract, just a minor annoyance.

    The abstrat itself contains 12 steps for happiness and 5 how-tos of taking them in use in your life. These steps are really simple, but I so agree with them. If you are looking for more happiness in your life, then you should read this abstract. But if you are fairly happy and you already have ideas how to imcrease happiness by yourself, then this won't give you much new. Just keep on telling yourself that you are happy...

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