And THEN I'll Be Happy!: Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness and Put Your Own Life First

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True stories and practical advice for women about how to feel better today

Have you ever sacrificed your own happiness trying to make someone else happy? No big deal, happiness can wait. And—duh—it does. But it doesn’t have to. In a beguiling blend of practical advice and humor, Kristen Houghton debunks the myths about how and when women find happiness. She presents true stories, shares tips on avoiding ...

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Overview

True stories and practical advice for women about how to feel better today

Have you ever sacrificed your own happiness trying to make someone else happy? No big deal, happiness can wait. And—duh—it does. But it doesn’t have to. In a beguiling blend of practical advice and humor, Kristen Houghton debunks the myths about how and when women find happiness. She presents true stories, shares tips on avoiding similar problems, and identifies the major mindsets that keep women from happiness.
 

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“Any woman who wants to find out how she may be sabotaging her happiness needs this book!”

—Carolyn Chambers Clark, Ed.D., author of Living Well with Anxiety and Living Well with Menopause

“Remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Nothing was ever good enough for that girl! A master observer of women and relationships, Kristen Houghton uses her funny, warm, and deeply engaging style to open us up to the ways that we, as women, chronically postpone and deny our own happiness. As a clinical psychologist, I constantly see women in states of depression, low self-esteem, and body hatred. I am grateful to Kristen, who masterfully gets past our defensiveness to show us new ways to discover self-acceptance, inner peace and happiness. Thank you, Kristen, for your groundbreaking book. It’s about time someone addressed the concerns felt deeply in our hearts and showed us innovative, insightful ways to heal them! This book is a must read for any woman who puts herself last on her exhaustive ‘to do’ list.”

—Maria Rago, PhD, Clinical Director, Rago & Associates Counseling Center; psychological consultant for women’s issues

“Kristen Houghton is truly an inspiring writer, one whose ‘girlfriend therapy’ is the best kind of advice any woman can receive. She is candid, up-to-the minute on what today’s woman needs, and spices up her prose with a humor we can all use in our lives. Her writing is unparalleled in this arena, and her advice motivates her readers. All women need to read this book, and read it now! It is fresh, and filled with solid advice for anyone who has, as Kristen Houghton so perfectly writes, found happiness to be elusive in their lives.” 

—Diane Lang, MSW, adjunct professor of psychology, Montclair State University; therapist, Livingston Institute of Psychology; author of Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career

“Kristen Houghton’s writing thrives as she creates compelling articles for her nationally syndicated Relationship column. Her insight into relationship problems and their solutions is brilliant! Humorous, realistic, and right on the mark, she is the best relationship writer out there.”

—Greg Archer, San Francisco Examiner

“Kristen’s heartfelt perspectives are seasoned with frankness and wisdom, yet are boldly refreshing. Her advice, when heeded, will help you revive a relationship, reinvent your life, and make positive changes! This book on women and happiness is one I recommend wholeheartedly. It is an insightful, wonderful dose of reality. Great writing!”

Bill Mitchell, the 7 Day Detective, author of The More You Know: Getting the Evidence and Support You Need to Investigate a Troubled Relationship

“With a sharp, witty persona, Kristen Houghton tackles relationship building with humor. Her material is at times eye-popping, getting her message and guidance across with a juicy tone that garners attention. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot from her in 2009 as we all battle the recession, try to keep a handle on our relationships, and attempt to keep a smile on our faces.”

—Judy Martin, Emmy–award winning broadcast journalist, reporter for National Public Radio; writer/radio anchor at CNBC Radio

“Kristen Houghton is a brilliant writer who always writes timely and informative features. I look forward to reading her column on a daily basis—I never know what the articles are going to be about, but I know I can always expect a clever and entertaining story written by an expert in the field. Writing a book that encourages women to attain their goals and find their own happiness was the next logical step for Kristen. Her book is a definite must read!”  

—Danielle Duff, columnist, Washington Examiner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762754335
  • Publisher: GPP Life
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,446,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Houghton

Kristen Houghton writes the exceedingly popular column Relationships for Examiner.com, which has millions of readers worldwide. She is a regular guest on radio talk shows.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Will make you feel confident you can make major life changes

    This book really hits home for working moms and those staying at home. Moms in today's society too often put themselves last behind children, husbands and career, and as a result end up exhausted, depressed, and in poor health. Kristen Houghton does a terrific job illustrating the reasons moms behave in this way and more importantly how to make changes in life to find a more balanced lifestyle which ultimately brings more happiness to moms and their families. This is a great book and a highly recommended read for anyone looking for more happiness in their life!

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    Best happiness book out there

    Kristen Houghton's book, And Then I'll Be Happy! is the best book I have read on how to make positive changes to my life and go for my goals. She's right that we need to put our own happiness first. For too long women haven't done this, no matter our educational and career advances.

    Her book is great and I highly recommend it above any others. This woman knows about life and how only we have the power to make changes.I read her column in Living News in the Huffington Post. She is right on target and her humor is a gift to all along with her practical advice. Buy this book, you will be glad you did. I am.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

    And Then I'll Be Happy! is fantastic!

    Kristen Houghton is a masterful writer who garners our attention with the true stories of women who willingly postponed their happiness for others. She takes on their journey allowing us glimpses into lives that are quite similar to ours or others we know. After we read their stories Houghton gives a key 101 solutions to help us avoid the same pitfalls or to help us leave unhappy situations and make major changes. There's no psycho-babble, no bull just girlfriend friendly advice and solid thoughts. I also like that we do find out how the women's stories end and what they are now doing at the end of the book. Buy this book and you will be happy!

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

    And Then I'll Be Happy! is solid, girlfriend therapy

    I love this book! Finally, someone tells us it is alright to put our own happiness first! Kristen Houghton is the absolute best when it comes to writing about women and the problems we face in putting ourselves first on our priority list. She is a master story-teller, taking true life stories of women she has interviewed and adding down-to-earth modern solutions that make a helluva lot of sense. She does it with humor and style. You need to get this book and read it through. It will become your "happiness bible." It is that good.
    I gave a copy to my mom and bought two more for friends. They all feel the same way I do. A great book, a terrific read, and the best no-nonsense advice out there.

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