Happy This Year!: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All

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A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, resulting in greater sustainable levels of happiness. Regardless of what the year and your life may bring, we can become ...

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Overview

A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, resulting in greater sustainable levels of happiness. Regardless of what the year and your life may bring, we can become measurably and sustainably happier.

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Those searching for the key to happiness may feel like they've been here before. Motivational speaker Bowen (A Complaint Free World) imparts a lot of familiar advice to readers, like "believe you deserve happiness"; "see yourself as a happy person"; and "write a new story" for yourself. Still, Bowen be-gins this book with the example of a prosperous, but unhappy individual, and moves on to provide simple and specific questions and exercises to help readers reframe their thinking and increase their happiness. At the end of each chapter, Bowen provides helpful recaps and reminders, and offers a ho-listic approach that moves beyond reframing thinking to include physical fitness and lifestyle. There are some unexpected surprises, like why readers should avoid horror movies, or how his simple "Combo" formula (based on the anticipation of good deeds) might make a difference in personal out-look. Bowen also includes a wide variety of references and quotes to expand his appeal—from the Bi-ble, Bart Simpson, Thoreau, and George Carlin. Whether readers buy into his program remains to be seen, but Bowen is serious about his approach and insists that a strictly disciplined life is worth the payoff. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611099294
  • Publisher: Brilliance Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 483,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Bowen is the founder of A Complaint Free World, a nonprofit organization that has touched the lives of more than 10 million people in 106 countries. He is the author of the international bestseller A Complaint Free World. Will has been featured on Oprah, the Today show, ABC World News, CBS Sunday Morning, People magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, O magazine, and more.

For more information visit www.happythisyear.com.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    My thoughts: I am sure that the majority of people have a deep

    My thoughts: I am sure that the majority of people have a deep desire for happiness. According to Will Bowen this can be achieved. Not because of your circumstances but because you tap into an inner self that focuses on happiness.



    Mr. Bowen speaks early on of religious and spiritual aspects in our lives and their effect on our happiness. He seems to dwell on the spiritual part of our being as having a highly causative effect on our pursuit of happiness. But his definition of spiritual and mine are somewhat different.



    The author quotes Confucius, Buddhism, and the Christian Bible (as he himself titles it). He seemingly gives more or less equal weight to the validity of each. Personally, I believe that while some sayings outside of those in the Christian Bible are good thoughts, they can not be considered in equal terms with verses from the Holy Bible (consisting of Jewish Old Testament and Christian New Testament sections).



    Sitting in a prescribed position, holding one's hands in a certain style, and chanting or saying anything repeatedly or a respective sequence of times will not induce a state of happiness.



    I think that focusing more on those things in our lives that are positive (our joyful occasions, our blessings, our up-times) and beneficial and less on that which is negative (our down times, our sorrows, our hurts) will tend to lend a happier countenance to us and outlook on life for us. But sometimes life simply hurts and we have sad moments. It is how we handle those moments and what source of strength we draw from that determines our success in handling the bad moments and the good moments.



    I personally can not recommend this book although aspects of it were interesting and point-on.



    DISCLOSURE: I was sent an invitation to review Happy This Year! and render my honest opinion. Grand Harbor Press on behalf of the author provided a complimentary copy for this purpose. No compensation has been provided for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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