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The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy and Meaning in an Upside Down World

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A hundred teaching stories that are moving, humorous, educational, and therapeutic. The reader learns how to:
• identify obstacles to feeling better
• simplify, rather than complicate
• let go of anxiety, insecurity, and unhappiness
• obtain peace of mind
• feel inspired and empowered

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Overview

A hundred teaching stories that are moving, humorous, educational, and therapeutic. The reader learns how to:
• identify obstacles to feeling better
• simplify, rather than complicate
• let go of anxiety, insecurity, and unhappiness
• obtain peace of mind
• feel inspired and empowered

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979875519
  • Publisher: Goodman Beck Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 203
  • Sales rank: 425,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Alan Gettis is a clinical psychologist who is well steeped in both Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. His previous books include Sun-Faced Haiku, Moon-Faced Haiku and the critically acclaimed Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up: Landing On Your Feet In An Upside Down World.

In the 1960's, Dr. Gettis was a Viet Nam-era army psychologist stationed at a military hospital. In the 1970's he was Chief Psychologist at a large mental health center in northern New Jersey. For the past 32 years, he has maintained a private practice in River Edge, NJ, where he specializes in individual psychotherapy for adults. He lives in northern New Jersey and in Cape Cod with his wife and children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Singin' in the Rain 7

Are You Happy? 10

The Cardiff Giant 12

Remember Me? 15

Way to Go, Zoe 18

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place 21

What's It All About, Alfie? 25

A Matter of Perspective 29

Blah Blah Blah 32

The Hundredth Monkey 35

If Only... 38

Mending Fences 42

For Members Only 45

The Present 47

Coffee, Anyone? 50

I'll Be Happy When... 53

The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth 56

Do the Right Thing 60

Don't Blink 63

Salad Days 65

Keep It Simple 67

How Can I Help? 70

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over 73

Get Ready 77

A Tale of Two Vases 80

The Sound of Music 84

Move It 87

Foofaraw 89

Junk Mail 91

Give It Away 93

The Life of Meaning 96

Life Is Strange 100

Odysseus, Penelope, and Calypso 104

Helen and Maya 107

Ho Hum 110

Off to See the Wizard 113

Thank You 117

The One-Minute Happiness Quiz 119

Check Your Software 121

Please Make Mistakes 124

Go Straight Ahead 126

What, Me Worry? 128

The Tibetan Book of Wolves and Bicycles 131

The Scream 135

If I Only Had a Brain 138

Michaelangelo, Beethoven, Shakespeare, and Winston 141

Bruce 143

Just Breathin' In, Just Breathin' Out 146

Pavlov's Dog 149

Henny-Penny 152

The Butterfly Effect 155

The World According to Freud 158

The Bridge Project 162

On Hawaii, Alaska, and the 47 Contiguous States-Reprisal 165

Impersonating a Doctor 168

Seeing Is Believing? 173

Oh, What Tangled Webs We Weave 177

Dulcinea 180

Mind Over Matter 183

At the Zoo 185

Smile 188

The Search 191

I'm Not Religious, But... 194

Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde 199

Honeymoon 201

Some Things Never Change 204

Reaching for the Starfish 207

The Struggle 210

Baba Yaga 213

This Is the Spot 215

Four in a Fiat 219

Wabi-Sabi 222

What Were You Thinking? 226

Up the Ante 229

The Chosen Ones 232

To Be or Not to Be 236

Coyote 239

The Verizon Store 243

Just Passin' Through 246

Big Fred 248

What's the Point? 250

Make It Happen 252

Learned Happiness 255

Epilogue 259

References 261

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Good book

    A roadmap to finding the way out of the darkness. It was a good read. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Learn from everything around you

    This book is real, light, and deep all at the same time. Reading the fresh or ancient stories feels like I am hanging out with Dr. Gettis on a Sunday afternoon knowing all the while that I'll remember elements of what I'm learning throughout my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    Helps anyone find true HAPPINESS

    After reading his first book...I had to read this book by Dr. Gettis. Easy to read. Short chapters lets you read at any pace and stories really work to help. Have ordered many copies to give out to friends, family and business associates who all thank me over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    I wish I had two more hands...

    ...so I could give this book '4' four thumbs up! ¿At last, happiness¿ rubber meets the road! The Happiness Solution is a wonderful blend of the teachings of The Law of Attraction, Far East philosophy and Positive Psychology. I highly recommend this book to all and will be rereading it soon.¿ - Donald A. Wilhelm, Author of This Time¿s a Charm-Lessons of a Four-Time Cancer Survivor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    The Happiness Solution

    On a scale of 1-5, 'The Happiness Solution is a 20. I have just one word for 'The Happiness Solution', and that is AMAZING. I believe this is one of the best books I have ever read. Alan Gettis has done a fantabulous job of bringing happiness into this world. This book is so easy to read. Many authors just write useless words that do not get to the meat of the book, but Alan uses very short chapters to get his message across. I had a hard time putting down this book. I felt so inspired to do great things every time I read it. I know now that anything is possible, and you can be happy doing it. Thank you Alan for changing my life. Michael Monji, author of 'Does It Pay To Die?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    The Happiness Solution by Yvonne Phillips FSII

    The Happiness Solution is exactly what the name says! If you are a person who always sees the glass 'half full', then it is more fire to add to your personal happiness. If you are the opposite, Dr. Gettis will help you to see there is another way and perhaps you need to read and take in all of these great stories and add them to your life's journey. I would highly recommend this book to those who are on the search for 'Happiness.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    Finding Healing and Happiness From Stories, Anecdotes and Humor

    Alan Gettis has compiled 100 brief stories and anecdotes in ¿The Happiness Solution.¿ Alan is a first-rate story teller with a conviction that healing and happiness come from interacting with stories and real life narratives. These stories are filled with humor, counsel and inspiration. Alan has awakened in me an ability to experience joy, happiness, and peace of mind through the simple yet profound lessons highlighted in his narrative. He offers the reader invaluable insight into developing a life of fulfillment through these short vignettes. The stories draw lessons from parables using life experiences, cognitive behavioral psychology, Zen wisdom, or Eastern philosophy. He creatively weaves together unique stories calculated to lead the reader to savor authentic happiness. Gettis encourages the reader to take responsibility for their own feelings, passions, and behavior so that they might embark on a new adventure in living. The book is more than a self-help guide. I found the chapter 'Keep it Simple' of great benefit. Another favorite chapter of mine was 'A Matter of Perspective.' Alan is a brilliant and gifted communicator. He uses this gift to encourage the reader to proactively face life's struggles by accepting them as open doors to a life of lasting fulfillment. ¿The Happiness Solution¿ is a book you will want to read, read again, and then again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    When I was writing my first book, The Healing Power of Humor, my editor would insist I include one or more stories to illustrate every point I was making. Yet, no matter how many stories I would send him, he always wanted more. I was really annoyed with him but after the book was published, I understood how much more powerful the book is because of those stories. Stories are memorable. Stories are moving. Stories speak to the heart. Readers of The Happiness Solution will have no trouble finding delightful and insightful stories here, stories that not only entertain but educate. Stories that give the reader hope, and hopefully lead to happiness. If it is happiness you are seeking (and who isn't?) this insightful book can help you be one step closer to it. Read this book. You will be happy you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Put The Happiness Solution in all schools and colleges!

    I expected to enjoy this book, however I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Following the example of Alan Gettis' previous book, 'Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up,' one of the truly worthwhile things about 'The Happiness Solution,' is that by using fairly short stories to illustrate and teach the lessons that are important in achieving 'genuine happiness,' the author is able to cover a wide range of happiness related subjects and philosophies in these 200-odd pages. And he does it very well. The stories are cleverly told. In a Zen-like way, the messages are often subtle, worthy of reflection and thought, softly guiding the reader into a deeper understanding of the meaning of real happiness. These stories are profound without seeming to be so. I grew up in Africa, where the history and the fabric of each tribe was passed down from generation to generation, verbally, through stories. I remember when first hearing some of the stories, they just seemed to be great human stories. Little did I know that they were teaching those who heard them and retold them how to live life. Alan Gettis' stories have the same feel. From teenagers to baby boomers, in this upside down world, 'The Happiness Solution' offers entertainment coupled with gently delivered, easily absorbed wisdom. I would like to see it as required reading in schools and colleges. It is that meaningful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Entertaining and Insightful

    I took my time reading The Happiness Solution. Savored it like a fine meal. It is one of those books that you can open at any page and find something useful enough to ponder or just stop complaining and get on with your day. I recommend it for anyone's library just for the stories alone. --Doug Setter, Bachelor of Human Ecology, Author of One Less Victim and Stomach Flattening

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Should be on Oprah's list!

    Dr. Gettis has written another profound (and easy) read. Anyone who has ever felt lost, alone, discouraged or sad, will find valuable insights into life's quandries. Through stories and histories, Dr. Gettis shows the reader how they can take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings and behavior. This is a good book for the professional and the lay, and Oprah should put this book on her list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Simply genius

    Reading this book is like going to visit my favorite uncle when I was a kid. The family would sit around the kitchen table and listen to my uncle's stories, jokes, and pearls of wisdom. No matter how bad I might have felt when we left to go to his house, I always felt uplifted on the way home. Dr. Gettis has a way of taking some of the most profound philosophical and religious ideas and making them practical and usable in our daily lives. This book is not a one tme read. It's the kind of book that can be read again and again for inspiration and guidance. Like a favorite uncle in paperback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Simply Brilliant!

    The Happiness Solution by Dr. Alan Gettis isn't the type of book you buy, read a few pages and wind up saying, 'Oh well.' This is a profound and powerful book that you will want to read from cover to cover. You will put it on your shelf and reread it in a month, or reluctantly, you may loan it to a friend with the stipulation that you must have it back! I'm a confessed devotee of Dr. Gettis's unique healing philosophy and wit. His first book, Seven Times Down, Eight Time Up, has served me and my patients for years. I'm a psychologist who works with anxiety and depression people who long for solace and happiness in their lives. At some point, every one of my patient gets introduced to Dr. Gettis's writing. I do this because Dr. Gettis looks at life differently. His gift is to be able to distill the essence of why we struggle and then, using parables, anecdotes, and humor (that I guarantee will have you laughing out loud), offers the reader an honest-to-goodness solution. There's only one word to describe this book, 'intoxicating!' It is truly a reading `high,' that will change you, buoy you up, and get you to believe that happiness isn't something that happens to someone else-it's something that you generate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Highly enjoyable

    'The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy and Meaning in an Upside Down World' is a self-help guide by clinical psychologist Dr. Alan Gettis is a self-help guide that blends cognitive behavioral therapy and Zen wisdom. Structured in the format of very short vignettes, each with a lesson, 'The Happiness Solution' encourages the reader to take control of his or her emotions for an improved quality of life. From giving oneself permission to be happy now, rather than wait for self- imposed conditions to trigger happiness ('I'll be happy when I'm married,' or 'I'll be happy when I get promoted'), to the importance of learning to lighten up and enjoy the gift of humor, 'The Happiness Solution' offers valuable insight in the amusing form of parables. One insightful story tells of two shoe salesmen sent to a Pacific island one writes his boss saying 'Coming home tomorrow. No one here has shoes.' and the other writes 'I'll be here for a long time. No one here has shoes!' Helpful, amusing, and steeped in insight, 'The Happiness Solution' is highly enjoyable simply to browse through even for readers who are already content with their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    This book should be read like tea, not Gatorade...

    Dr. Gettis has succeeded in writing the type of book that you not only should savor, but you want to savor the words on each page. This book should be read like a cup of tea book, not Gatorade. My prescription for reading it is to read two chapters a night, put the book under your pillow if you want to, and let the stories and vignettes seep in slowly. My personal favorite chapters are ¿Coffee, Anyone?¿ and ¿A Tale of Two Vases,¿ but each chapter offers a different view of happiness through stories, legends, and quotes ultimately the reader begins to figure out that there are more ways to create happiness than they may have originally thought. - Heather Ramsey, Editor 'See 'Ville Run' and 'My Training Starts Tomorrow.'

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