"Why Being Happy Matters: Discover How The Power Of Joy Will Energize Your Life"

by Peter Jennings

"Why Being Happy Matters: Discover How The Power Of Joy Will Energize Your Life"

by Peter Jennings



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“Why Being Happy Matters” presents interviews with people in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia, each of whom reveal to the author what happiness means to them and why it matters. Readers also meet international Ph.Ds. who are actively studying the science of positive psychology.

The book features Peter Jennings in conversation with 37 intriguing individuals from around the world. These include John Robbins, heir of the Baskin Robbins empire (who tells Peter about turning down his inheritance and then losing his life's savings in the Bernie Madoff scandal, but still exhibiting a positive outlook of happy perseverance to life’s reversals); Roko Belic, California-based Oscar-nominated director of the award-winning film “Happy”; Dr. Christine Carter, sociologist and positive psychology specialist at Berkeley University (“Peter, you’re a happiness expert”); Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell (who shared with Peter the joy he gets from working with his buddy former President Jimmy Carter on key environmental issues); Major League Baseball legend Shawn Green; celebrated super-model & businesswoman Monika Schnarre; Time magazine humour columnist Joel Stein; 84 year old Playboy cartoonist Doug Sneyd; Leo Bormans from Belgium, author of the respected "World Book of Happiness"(who explains what lies behind his discussions with global experts); and much more.

“Happiness is booming!” says Jennings. “Magazines like Live Happy are flourishing and researchers are revealing dramatic truths: people who are happy earn more money, make better decisions, enjoy higher levels of trust, negotiate better, perform better, have more self-confidence and maintain better relationships. And yet, we see North Americans doing a poor job of capitalizing on happiness compared to global counterparts. This needs to change, and in the book I outline ways to do just that.”

“Why Being Happy Matters” introduces individuals who are confronting the same life challenges all of us do. Some of them are hard-wired “happy campers". Others have to work at getting to their state of joy, often rising from periods of despondency or real-life tragic events. But each has accepted that they have options on how to optimize their lives by choosing to integrate happiness into their daily existence.

"My goal with Why Being Happy Matters is to inspire readers," says Jennings. “Presenting enlightening discussions with credible individuals who have discovered the secret to being genuinely happy is so relevant right now in a world that’s straining under unhappy stress. We need to listen to people worldwide from all walks of life, from all socio-economic levels, from varied age groups who refuse to let the world get them down. The common theme that links them: they flourish. They’ve developed the talent and ability to be happy in unhappy times. They've harnessed the power of joy."

The book also reveals “Seven Steps to Happiness” outlined to Jennings by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar from Israel whose lectures on how to live a happy life have become the largest and most popular classes at Harvard University. “Everyone can become happier,” Ben-Shahar says. “A person who is happy can become happier, and a person who is depressed can become happier. We do hold the power to change our lives.”

As well, Jennings shares his “Happiness Breakthroughs”, conclusions that he himself came to while compiling the book. Readers will come away with reinforced optimism, recognizing that the key to contentment is powerful. They’ll also discover how to introduce happiness into their own lives or enhance what’s already there.

“Happiness is an advantage available to all of us,” says the author, an accomplished interviewer based on his TV show "Be My Guest". "But you need to know how to mobilize it. When you do, you’ll find it’s truly a game changer, one that can intensify your life with joy and real contentedness.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153678320
Publisher: Peter Jennings
Publication date: 08/12/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Prior to turning to writing full time, Peter spent his career in corporate communications running agencies handling marketing, advertising, branding, public relations and production of multimedia content, including websites and social media elements. Clients included hundreds of top-ranked businesses of all types and sizes, from McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Royal Bank, IBM, Coca-Cola, etc. to niche start-ups.
Peter has been a Guest Lecturer on marketing at Centennial College and at the Government of Ontario’s Self Employment Assistance Program (where he was voted 9 out of 10 for effective teaching by the students). He has served on the Boards of several charities, as well as chairing Boards, and provides pro bono marketing expertise to various not-for-profit groups. He also mentors members of his community who seek writing and communications advice.

Peter is the author of 9 books (with more coming) including...
• "Shark Assault: An Amazing Story of Survival" (sharkassault.com)
• "Being Happy Matters" (beinghappymatters.life)
• "Behind the Seams: The Marilyn Brooks Story" (marilynbrooks.com)
• "Pushing The Boundaries" (pushingtheboundaries.life)

• "For Want Of 40 Pounds" (forwantof40pounds.com)

• "Until I Smile At You" (untilismileatyou.com)

• "Ruth's Wonderful Song" (thewonderfulsong.com)
"Icons. Growing Up In The Shadow Of Greatness" (iconsbook.life)
He is currently researching/writing others.
In his leisure time, Peter enjoys regular visits with his son, two daughters-in-law, son-in-law and his young granddaughters. Also part of the festivities is his rescue dog Macy (a lab/shepherd mix). When he's not writing, he delights in Fairview, his modern lakeside residence overlooking Georgian Bay at Mundy's Harbour, Midland, where activities include listening to cool jazz and symphony, spirited conversations with good friends, singing, cooking, films and travel.

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