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What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women's Lives for the Better
     

What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women's Lives for the Better

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by Dan Baker
 

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The director of Canyon Ranch's award-winning Life Enhancement Program draws on the latest discoveries in psychology and gender-specific medicine to help all women enjoy richer, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

In this innovative book about what brings women happiness, Dr. Dan Baker focuses on the five traps that can compromise happiness and leave women

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The director of Canyon Ranch's award-winning Life Enhancement Program draws on the latest discoveries in psychology and gender-specific medicine to help all women enjoy richer, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

In this innovative book about what brings women happiness, Dr. Dan Baker focuses on the five traps that can compromise happiness and leave women yearning for a better life.

Unlike clinical psychology, which focuses on trying to fix what's wrong with an individual, positive psychology builds on a person's natural strengths. The root of most unhappiness, fear, finds a special expression in women, who too often succumb to the happiness traps of perfectionism, wanton wanting, people pleasing, seeking revenge, thinking I'm nothing without X, and overinvesting in their careers.

In What Happy Women Know, Dr. Baker synthesizes a wide range of current research on how women uniquely respond to life's slings and arrows and how they can best bounce back from them. The book offers women a compelling set of tools that will help them accept the past and actively move toward a happier future of their own design.

Editorial Reviews

For Dr. Baker, happiness is a byproduct of living life in a certain way. The medical psychologist also knows that people can victimize themselves, falling prey to the "happiness traps" such as people-pleasing, perfectionism, seeking revenge, wanton wanting, and overinvesting in their careers. The director of the famed Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Program has learned from daily experience that happiness is best nurtured by using positive psychology, not improvised fix-it strategies. In What Happy Women Know, he draws on recent research findings and gender-specific medicine to pinpoint the actions and attitudes that bring women happiness.
Publishers Weekly

Happiness is in many ways "gender specific," says Baker (What Happy People Know), because women's brains are wired to allow them to feel more, and more frequent, positive feelings than men. Baker, founding director of Canyon Ranch's Life Enhancement program, and Greenberg (What Happy Companies Know) draw on positive psychology to show women how to find happiness. Negative traps prevent women from achieving happiness, they say. These traps are easily recognizable: perfectionism, thinking you'll never be happy without a lot of money or a man, focusing on work as opposed to relationships. Happy women, on the other hand, have a sense of personal responsibility, the ability to find opportunity in adversity, a sense of purpose and courage. Writer Yalof helps make all this accessible, but many of these ideas are truisms, and the authors sometimes characterize women with facile generalizations, for example: "Most women don't know themselves well enough to determine what their special qualities are." Still, women who find themselves in one of the negative traps may find help here in learning how to look on the bright side. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609617066
Publisher:
Rodale
Publication date:
05/15/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
776,765
File size:
711 KB

Meet the Author

Dan Baker, PHD, is a medical psychologist dedicated to the study of human behavior within an organizational setting. For the last 20 years, he has carried out his research in the perfect laboratory--the world-renowned Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona--where he was the founding director of the award-winning Life Enhancement Program. He is also the best-selling author of What Happy People Know and What Happy Companies Know.

Cathy Greenberg, PhD, has held leadership positions at two of the world's most recognized consulting firms, CSC's Global Organizational Change Practice and the Accenture Institute for Strategic Change. She has traveled the globe through her work as an organizational consultant and executive coach. She is the coauthor of What Happy Companies Know.

Ina Yalof is a writer with a background as a medical sociologist. She is the author or coauthor of 11 books. She teaches writing for Dartmouth College's ILEAD program.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
1955
Date of Death:
May 22, 2003

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had come across this book earlier in life, but every day from here on out will be better for me because of the ideas in this book. My sister lent it to me, I started reading it and had to buy my own copy as I knew I would want to revisit the book many times. It was a slow read for me because I wanted to allow time to think about the concepts. Not heavy reading, but concise, insightful, thoughtful and supportive of a healthy, well-lived life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so beautifully written. This is the first self- help type of book i've read. It was given to me by my sister, i love this book. I talk a lot about these subjects in my classes (im in college) I am really trying to use the methods. This book is a must read for all females!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book interesting and readable. It had some good ideas and examples. It wasn't hard to read. It was simple at times but it got it's idea across and would be helpful to someone who needed help in getting started in taking some positive steps in their life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader on 'happiness' I liked the straight forward ideas, stories and solutions outlined - anyone can use.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with other doctor's opinions about the woman's brain and studies from multiple universities, psyco babble, theory after theory.