A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life

A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life


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ISBN-13: 9781604077889
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Andrea F. Polard

Andrea F. Polard, PsyD, is a German-born author and clinical psychologist with an extensive background in psychodynamic therapies, meditation, and Ericksonian mind-body work. Now practicing at the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology, she continues her mission to reduce suffering and promote happiness for individuals wherever they may be.

Table of Contents

Foreword Teresa Wright xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Happiness and The Two Modes of Consciousness

Chapter 1 The Two Wings of Happiness 7

Chapter 2 The HappinessQuestionnaire 31

Part 2 The Basic Mode

Chapter 3 The Fragility of Life 49

Chapter 4 Ambition 53

Exercises 67

Chapter 5 Competence 71

Exercises 87

Chapter 6 Connection 91

Exercises 121

Chapter 7 Confidence 125

Exercises 150

Part 3 The Supreme Mode

Chapter 8 The Strength of Life 155

Chapter 9 Receptivity 161

Exercises 184

Chapter 10 Tranquility 187

Exercises 225

Chapter 11 Reliance 229

Exercises 260

Chapter 12 Lightheartedness 263

Exercises 293

Conclusion a Synthesis of Western and Eastern Thought: The Theory of Elastic Consciousness 295

Notes 305

Happiness Resources 349

Additional Reading List 355

Index 357

About the Author 365

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A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MattBremen More than 1 year ago
"A unified Theory of Happiness" is an exceptional book! There are so many books about happiness out there, but Mrs Polard found a way of summarizing all different approaches, and in an unique way she points out very helpful tools to all of us on our search of happiness in our lives. The book obviously is written on a scientific basis as well as on personal and deeply felt experiences in Mrs Polards life. She seems to be a real expert on "happiness" and this makes it so convincible. "A unified Theory of Happiness" is written in a very personal and warm-heartened way, it is entertaining to read but always on the path of seriousness and truth. Even for me as a non-native speaker the book is a joy to read, it makes you feel that you are seen as a person. Beside reading through you can also use it as your personal reference guide. There is a "Happiness Questionnaire" (also found on her website), which you can fill out for yourself, and than choose which chapters in the book are the most relevant for your life. "A unified Theory of Happiness" should be in your bookshelf, seen as a dictionary for Happiness!
biunicorn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A Unified Theory of HappinessAn East-Meets-West Approachto Fully Loving Your Lifeby Andrea F. Polard, PsyDI enjoyed reviewing this 367 page masterpiece and it really brought home one of my favorite quotes, "Spiritual Principles are never in conflict". The author was able to show us that desire and non-desire can play together very nicely if done from a place of joy and fullness. I loved the flowing format and also the conclusion chapter that breaks it down and brings it all together. I would recommend this great find to anyone looking for the middle path of light and happiness. Thanks Andrea, it's nice to finally find the balance.Love & Light,Riki Frahmann
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely a must read book if you are serious about understanding happiness on a deep intellectual level and/or just  want to become happier.  Andrea Polard has obviously done her research, read hundreds of great resources (so we don’t have to), summarized it very nicely, comes across extremely passionate about the subject and more importantly for some readers clearly lives it.   Combining a scientifically proven research from the west with east tradition is not easy thing to do.  And Andrea has done an awesome job there.  I truly love the exercises she provided to us as an extra resource.  Read it, understand it, and apply it in your life.