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"Wise counsel from one of America's most respected psychiatrists." -Irvin Yalom, author of Staring at the Sun and When Nietzsche Wept, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University

For many, getting in touch with that elusive thing called "happiness" is rarely simple—and achieving any kind of lasting happiness can feel like an insur­mountable challenge. Perhaps what we need is an education on the subject . . . A Course in Happiness. In this book, Mardi Horowitz draws on ...

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Overview

"Wise counsel from one of America's most respected psychiatrists." -Irvin Yalom, author of Staring at the Sun and When Nietzsche Wept, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University

For many, getting in touch with that elusive thing called "happiness" is rarely simple—and achieving any kind of lasting happiness can feel like an insur­mountable challenge. Perhaps what we need is an education on the subject . . . A Course in Happiness. In this book, Mardi Horowitz draws on more than forty years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist to provide readers with just this.

According to Dr. Horowitz, happiness is essentially a by-product of self-knowledge; in order to be happy, we need to understand who we truly are. In A Course in Happiness, he details a deeply rewarding course in mastering the three levels of self-understanding that underlie happiness:

Integration: the ability to assemble all the pieces of one's self into a whole, complete, understood, and respected "me."

Intimacy: the capacity to remain closely connected to the warmth of relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and others in a social community.

Integrity: the insight to know which of one's values are most dear and which are lower in priority—and then to be true to what is the most important, even in the midst of conflict.

A Course in Happiness offers a road map for achieving genuine and lasting contentment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585427802
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/24/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mardi Horowitz, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as the director of the Center on Stress and Personality at the Langley Porter Psychiatric institute. A recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Fund Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and many other honors, he has written numerous professional books and articles. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

    Clear and Deep

    The work goes beyond positive psychology suggestions to tell how mastering our stressful life experiences may be part of our road in the pursuit of happiness. The stories show how the lessons work for such purposes, and the lessons in each chapter are nicely summarized at the end. It is a quick and easy read BUT you may want to reread or slow down in order to take the lessons personally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2009

    best book I have read on this topic

    The author writes beautifully and gives extremely practical advice about how to achieve fulfillment and contentment. His case vignettes illustrate how the techniques can apply to anyone. His chapters on dealing with grievances and trauma are the best I have ever read. This book is complex in its understanding of the barriers to happiness and yet relatively simple in its advice about how to overcome obstacles. I highly recommend this book as having the best advice about how to become a happier person. I have read excerpts to my friends and relatives.

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