The New Happiness: Practices for Spiritual Growth and Living with Intention

The New Happiness: Practices for Spiritual Growth and Living with Intention


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We all want to be happy, but how do we achieve it? This unique workbook blends spiritual wisdom with evidence-based psychological practices to help you achieve lasting fulfilment.

Most of us are searching for happiness in one form or another, but the “happiness” we’ve been conditioned to pursue is often elusive and fleeting. When we base our happiness on what we have—such as material possessions or status recognition from others—our happiness is no longer in our control. This workbook will show you that happiness is not about accumulating and consuming, or even achieving some deep state of spiritual bliss. Instead, you’ll find a fresh perspective on how to achieve authentic happiness rooted in spiritual values and actions.

Written by two best-selling authors in the field of psychology (The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook), this guide blends mindfulness-based spiritual practices with evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you develop your own spiritual action plan. Using the practical guidance and exercises in this guide, you’ll create a set of principles and behaviors aligned with your deepest values and sense of purpose, and learn to make decisions with a wise mind.

Every moment of your life is an opportunity to make choices based on your own personal, deeply held spiritual values—why not start now? This workbook will give you the hands-on tools you need to get started.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684033379
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 379,960
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, ACT on Life Not on Anger, and Seeking Jordan. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic grief. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Jeffrey C. Wood, PsyD, lives and works in Las Vegas, NV. He specializes in brief cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); executive coaching; and guidance for spiritual development to include hypnotic regressions. He is coauthor of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, and author of The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Personality Disorders. He can be reached at

Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is foundation professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition, and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and the promotion of human prosperity.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

1 Finding Spirit 5

2 Your Values 15

3 The Moment of Choice 31

4 How Pain Shapes Our Spirituality 41

5 Deep Knowledge Meditation 51

6 Identifying Your Life Purpose 59

7 Preparing for the Moment of Choice 81

8 Gaining Wisdom from Spirit 101

9 Barriers to Living Your Spiritual Values 113

10 Compassion for Self and Others 127

11 Making Amends 139

12 Impermanence 151

13 Finding a State of Grace 165

14 Bringing Spirit to Your Daily Life 171

A Note for Therapists 179

References 181


McKay resides in the greater San Francisco Bay Area; Wood resides in Las Vegas, NV.

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