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A practicing psychotherapist and former executive director of a mental health clinic, O'Connor (Active Treatment of Depression; Undoing Perpetual Stress) suggests that it's possible to increase happiness and decrease misery without pills, chemicals, or years of therapy. In a graceful blend of philosophy, research, and practical advice, he argues that happiness is a life skill that can be learned. O'Connor begins with a discussion of happiness that is followed by chapters on why being happy is not the normal human condition, strategies for increasing happiness and joy, and useful thoughts on coping with unhappiness and inevitable losses in life. O'Connor concludes with discussions of the essential but elusive search for meaning in life, a review of key points of the book, and a reading list. He succinctly summarizes current relevant research in psychology and brain science as well as key concepts like mindfulness for his intended audience of educated general readers and counselors; others could benefit from selective reading and practicing the simple but rewarding exercises he presents. Substantive yet accessible and engaging, this is highly recommended for public libraries and general psychology collections.