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

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If your job or relationships are bringing you down, and you are feeling a little blue, What Happy Women Know can teach you the secret to recapturing joy.

If you are like most women, you are great at making sure everyone around you is happy and your own happiness is an afterthought-if thought about at all. Now, it's time to seize the satisfaction that is waiting for you. This ...

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Overview

If your job or relationships are bringing you down, and you are feeling a little blue, What Happy Women Know can teach you the secret to recapturing joy.

If you are like most women, you are great at making sure everyone around you is happy and your own happiness is an afterthought-if thought about at all. Now, it's time to seize the satisfaction that is waiting for you. This book will show you how.

About the Author:
Dan Baker, Ph.D., author of What Happy People Know and What Happy Companies Know, is a medical psychologist dedicated to the study of human behavior within an organizational setting

About the Author:
Cathy Greenberg, Ph.D., coauthor of What Happy Companies Know, is an organizational consultant and executive coach

About the Author:
Ina Yalof is the author or coauthor of eleven books and teaches writing for Dartmouth College's ILEAD program

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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.
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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: 9781615531769
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
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
Bibliography     238
Index     239
About the Authors     251

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    A Validation

    Authored by a psychologist in the field of positive psychology, this book is written in a no-nonsense yet very approachable manner. Set up as a self-guided "workbook," the author validates what many women are feeling and/or experiencing - life isn't exactly what they expected or anticipated, making them less than happy. Yet the revelations Baker provides give support to those of us who struggle with and against our having more pessimistic than not genes. However, there is hope! Read the book to learn that it IS possible to train one's self to be more optimistic and, therefore, happier.

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