The How of Happiness: A Practical Guide to Getting The Life You Want
by Sonya Lyubomirsky
Meeting at Tony’s on Wednesday 3rd October at 7:30 for 7:45
Review by Christine Carter for the Greater Good Science Center at University of California Berkeley https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/book_review_how_happiness
“A reference book disguised as a self-help book, The How of Happiness is far more credible than most other books whose titles promise you help “getting the life you want.”
It may be more useful, too. Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book makes the case that your happiness is largely under your own control, and that the benefits of happiness are available to just about anyone. Drawing upon years of research, including many of her own studies, Lyubomirsky argues that happiness is like a sport: Practice the right exercises and you are very likely to improve.
She emphasizes that happiness practices must fit your personality, and so each of the 12 science-tested, happiness-inducing activities she presents also come with several different ways they can be implemented, along with diagnostic tests to help you decide which activities are right for you.
No one is really meant to read this manual straight through, which is clear from its repetitive format. But I’d be surprised if it fails to convince you that you can make yourself happier.”
The Greater Good Science Center at University of California Berkeley https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/ is at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. Their FREE online magazine, Greater Good, turns scientific research into stories, tips, and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society. Its mission is to bridge the gap between scientific journals and people’s daily lives, applying cutting-edge research to homes and workplaces, particularly for parents, educators, business leaders, and health care professionals.
The book after that: To be decided
It was decided at the last meeting not to go ahead with reading “The Cut” by Anthony Cartwright – so apologies to any book club reader if you’ve already bought the book!