The Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness

What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does

eBook - 2013
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The bestselling author of The How of Happiness reveals how to find opportunity in life's thorniest moments Focusing on life's biggest, messiest moments, Sonja Lyubomirsky provides readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life. Lyubomirsky argues that we have been given false promises—myths that assure us that lifelong happiness will be attained once we hit the culturally confirmed markers of adult success. This black-and-white vision of happiness works to discourage us from recognizing the upside of any negative and limits our potential for personal growth. A corrective course on happiness and a call to regard life's twists and turns with a more open mind, The Myths of Happiness shares practical lessons that prove we are more adaptable than we think we are. It empowers readers to look beyond their first response, sharing scientific evidence that often it is our mindset—not our circumstances—that matters most.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781101605509
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Lyubomirsky isolates the major turning points of adult life to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.


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lauk
Jul 14, 2017

An exceptionally good read. I highly encourage everyone to read this book . As I grow older, I totally agree that happiness is from within.

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paschalville
Oct 15, 2015

I benefited from reading the book. I'd place it in the same category as books by J. Haidt and M. Seligman and the positive psychology crowd. Her writing stands up with theirs, and is just as helpful.

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thebritlass
Jun 02, 2015

This book has the potential to leave you a much more content - and whole - person after its perusal. As the author notes, not all chapters are applicable. But the ones that are may be life altering. Clear, helpful, and specific suggestions provide a good starting place for change.

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GreenTara22
Sep 15, 2013

I agree with the earlier comments. I've chosen to read it as I would a magazine. She would have benefited from a coauthor. If she had one, she wasn't served well. Basic, pedestrian.

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cdimov
Jul 06, 2013

I am a big fan of Sonja Lyubomirsky. Her writings on Happiness, and Positive Psychology are exceptional. The Myths of Happiness does a good job of breaking out serious life events into different chapters. That way someone interested in how to remain happy despite feeling they are getting down because they do not have children, for example. This approach is good for those seeking to hone in on what they need to rebound, or maintain a sense of positive feelings.

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Pamellah
Mar 03, 2013

so badly written i couldn't get past the introduction

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