Focusing on life’s biggest, messiest moments, Sonja Lyubomirsky provides readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life. Lyubomirsky argues that we have been given false promises—myths that assure us that lifelong happiness will be attained once we hit the culturally confirmed markers of adult success. This black-and-white vision of happiness works to discourage us from recognizing the upside of any negative and limits our potential for personal growth. A corrective course on happiness and a call to regard life’s twists and turns with a more open mind, The Myths of Happiness shares practical lessons that prove we are more adaptable than we think we are. It empowers readers to look beyond their first response, sharing scientific evidence that often it is our mindset—not our circumstances—that matters most.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Myths of Happiness 1
Part I Connections
Chapter 1 I'll Be Happy When … I'm Married to the Right Person 17
Chapter 2 I Can't Be Happy When … My Relationship Has Fallen Apart 50
Chapter 3 I'll Be Happy When … I Have Kids 83
Chapter 4 I Can't Be Happy When … I Don't Have a Partner 101
Part II Work and Money
Chapter 5 I'll Be Happy When … I Find the Right Job 115
Chapter 6 I Can't Be Happy When … I'm Broke 144
Chapter 7 I'll Be Happy When … I'm Rich 163
Part III Looking Back
Chapter 8 I Can't Be Happy When … the Test Results Were Positive 185
Chapter 9 I Can't Be Happy When … I Know I'll Never Play Shortstop for the Yankees 211
Chapter 10 I Can't Be Happy When … the Best Years of My Life Are Over 233
Conclusion: Where Happiness Is Really Found 248
What People are Saying About This
"In this thought-provoking volume, Lyubomirsky... examines happiness and conventional notions about how it's nurtured in relationships, at work, and in one's own psyche...Lyubomirsky demonstrates that positively reframing life events can mine the best out of even the darkest situations. Provocative and fresh."
"Informative and engaging….The author examines how the 'shoulds' of happiness not only undermine well-being, but also make it hard for individuals to cope with the sometimes difficult realities of adulthood."
"No matter what your personal world is like, The Myths of Happiness will change the way you approach your daily life. Lyubomirsky's thorough research and practical solutions will not only add joy and contentment to your life, but will also allow you to take on issues that you may have been sweeping under the rug for too long."
"In her new book, The Myths of Happiness, Dr. Lyubomirsky describes a slew of research-tested actions and words that can do wonders to keep love alive."
—Jane Brody, New York Times