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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 ...
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.
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)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Positive Psychology and the Science of Happiness 1
Perfectionism: You Can't Get There from Here 20
Wanton Wanting: The Myths and Burdens of Affluence 44
When the Good You Do Doesn't Do You Any Good 62
The Revenge Rut 86
I'm Nothing without Him 109
Circling the Career Track 133
Transcending Loss 154
Happiness and Health 174
Ten Qualities of Happy Women 200
What Happy Women Know 233
About the Authors 251
Posted September 13, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2008
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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