The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment

The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment


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Do you long for the ability to live fully in the moment? Do you wish that you could transcend everyday worries, dissolve discontent, and find true happiness? If so, The Joy Compass is your guide.

Packed with tips and strategies for overriding the brain’s natural negativity bias, this practical pocket guide will teach you to recognize your negative moods as early as possible and refocus your attention toward the people, pleasures, and thoughts that bring you the most joy. Inside, you’ll find eight unique mindfulness pathways to align your personal happiness compass and keep joy within arm’s reach—no matter the situation. So get ready to reset your moods, release your laughter, and discover meaning and happiness right here, right now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608822836
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 782,349
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a practicing psychotherapist, an award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating (, and an adjunct professor at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. The author of One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Code, and other books, Altman leads workshops around the country on mindful living and mindful eating. He lives in Portland, OR.

Foreword writer Robert Biswas-Diener, DrPhilos, is widely known as the "Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology." His research on happiness has taken him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, Kenya, and India. Biswas-Diener is also the author of The Courage Quotient. He lives in Portland, OR.


Donald Altman lives in Portland, OR.

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John_Morley More than 1 year ago
Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying "Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be." Although easy to say, making up your mind to be happy (joyful) can be hard to do. For those not even aware that this is a conscious choice, Altman's book can be a profound change in life for the good. For those who already know it's possible, but are seeking help in making it happen, this book is a straight-forward and encouraging path. Free of psycho-babble and religious proselytizing, the book follows a time proven, three-step cycle for making ideas actionable: A point is explained, a case study provides a clear example, and an exercise is described that can help you to immediately turn your new understanding into a positive step toward a more joyful life. More than just the opinion of its psychotherapist author, this book is well supported with reference to other books and studies, making it both a single volume that brings it all together and a great starting point for more rigorous study.