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How we choose to be happy : the 9 choices of extremely happy people-- their secrets, their stories
Foster, Rick, 1949-
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1999]

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xxi, 227 pages ; 23 cm
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What does it mean to be truly happy? Is there a secret to happiness?To most people it is self-evident--the secret to true happiness is not found in riches, things, or events. The source of happiness, as revealed in this insightful, inspiring, and infinitely practical book, is to be found in the way we choose to live our lives.Truly happy people make conscious decisions about how they will confront all of life's challenges. In the face of sometimes overwhelming circumstances, they create happiness by making the same nine internal, principle-centered choices.The people whose stories illuminate this book, representing a wide range of ages, and economic, social, political, and religious backgrounds, all make an active commitment to be happy. They are accountable for their own actions, thoughts, and feelings. They identify what makes them happy and make it central to their lives. Happy people find meaning and emotional energy in every event. They are flexible and open to life's many options. They appreciate what they have, and give unceasingly with no expectation of a "return." Happy people are truthful with themselves and others.How We Choose to Be Happy explores the nine choices that extremely happy people make, and shows how anyone can follow these tenets to create a unique personal experience.

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Booklist Review

What are the common links between people who are happy? Are they all free from adversity? Lucky? Or were they happy from childhood on? Corporate trainers Foster and Hicks set out on a quest to find out what happy people have in common by interviewing scores of people across the country described as happy by themselves and others. What they discovered was not a set of circumstances that linked them but nine choices that people made at some point in their lives that kept them happy, even in spite of tragedies in their lives. Through case studies profiling such diverse individuals as a dance instructor, a limousine driver, and a former teacher who is now an invalid, they clearly explain each choice. The authors describe the choices as analogous to spokes in a wheel--without one the wheel is not balanced. Exercises in each chapter will prompt readers to take stock of their own happiness levels and discover how to change their perspectives and make the choices that allow for happiness in their lives. For all self-help collections. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0399144609Marlene Chamberlain

Library Journal Review

Foster and Hicks conduct workshops internationally in the development of interpersonal skills. For this book, they interviewed happy people from all walks of life, from the United States to Eastern Europe. The resulting personal stories, writing exercises, and quotes together inform and instruct the reader in the nine principles discovered by the authors in their travels. Foster and Hicks use their nine choices to teach leadership development in the corporate world and also as a diagnostic tool for medical doctors. These choices include the active intention to be happy, accountability, identifying needs and desires, and centralizing goals by creating a dream list. These are followed by recasting (looking at experiences in positive ways), exploring options, appreciating every day, the art of giving, and, finally, exploring truthfulness. Similar to Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance (Warner, 1995) and the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, this is recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.‘Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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