Don’t worry, be happy. It’s easier said than done! But science has shown that we can live a more joyful life—and quickly go from feeling miserable to marvelous—by changing our habits.
This book investigates the latest breakthroughs in positive psychology and examines the most effective ways to increases a reader’s sense of satisfaction with life. From exploring the benefits of the mind-body connection and the power of gratitude to the surprising ways that money, parenting and relationships can impact happiness, this publication will give readers the essential skills to finding peace—and make them appreciate the life they already have.
Alyssa Shaffer appreciates what it takes to live a healthier, happier, more balanced life. A longtime writer and editor who specializes in health, nutrition and fitness, she is the author of four best-selling books on these topics. She is the former executive editor of Muscle & Fitness Hers and fitness director for Fitness magazine and has written for dozens of consumer print magazines and websites. Alyssa lives and works in New York City with her husband, teenage twins, and a very sweet dog who helps alleviate stress with every belly rub.
In this full-color, magazine-like work, Shaffer (How to Beat Stress), a fitness coach, shares scientific research about living a joyful life. Drawing on positive psychology approaches that contend that “focusing on others makes us much happier than focusing on ourselves,” Shaffer organizes her advice around the topics of parenting, relationships, money, career, and aging. Useful observations (“Try to understand your fear and learn as much as you can about it”; “When we reduce what we own, and essentially detox our house, it has a detoxifying effect on our bodies”) are peppered throughout the step-by-step guides for being kinder, “beating the Monday blahs,” and finding greater meaning in one’s career. Her plans for action are rounded out by photos, listicles, tip-filled sidebars, and tables of statistics (such as lists of the happiest countries and cities). She stresses that the key to achieving a happier life is rooted in focusing on the essentials and getting rid of “baggage,” and includes interviews with experts such as celebrity organizer Marie Kondo and research from organizations such as the Mayo Clinic to bolster her claims on the mind-body connection and the importance of building good habits. Those looking for easily perusable self-help lessons will love this. (Mar.)