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Posted June 14, 2011
"A course in happiness, meaning, motivation, and well-being" offers tools to assess one's well-being, and approaches to live a happier, purpose-driven and flourishing life. A course in happiness, meaning, motivation, and well-being" is different from other well-being books, because it offers a framework which is, at the same time, coherent enough to be easily remembered and implemented, and also flexible enough to be applied in different context and aspects of life.
The first eleven chapters of "A course in happiness, meaning, motivation, and well-being" are based on AmAre, an acronym which as you know stands for "being":
- Aware and Accepting
- Meaningful and Motivated
- Active and Attentive
- Resilient and Respectful
- Eating properly and Exercising
They also address questions like "Is happiness an inside job? Or does it depend on external factors?" by thinking in terms of degree of facilitation. Some events are like a weight, making harder for people to fly; some are like a lift, facilitating people's happiness. But, at the end of day, considering even the way human beings discern between weights and lifts is subjective (same event can be considered in various ways, and especially with different degrees of effect, by different people), happiness is about attitudes, it is not a place to reach through external factors. Enjoying the life from moment to moment is beneficial, getting attached to what gives pleasure is not. Pain happens, suffering is optional; change happens, growth is subjective; it is up to each person to decide which direction is taken.
Two other chapters are devoted to measuring the external outcomes of living happily, both on a personal and social level. The last two chapters are showing the connection between Consciousness and Science of happiness, and how to start Shifting paradigms to facilitate our joyful living.
The Appendix offers examples of how AmAre can be applied to several aspects of daily life (relationships, peace, parenting, etc.), an Overture to future releases, short Inspirations, a list of Suggested readings, a final assessment of the personal AmAre index and a wrap-up to put all together with an action plan.