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Read This Book – The How of Happiness


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“Only about 10 percent of the variance in our happiness levels is explained by differences in life circumstances or situations — that is , whether we are rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, beautiful or plain, married or divorced, etc.” from The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

The How of Happiness –

A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

by Sonja Lyubomirsky


Borrow it, buy it, or I will give it to you.

  • Your local library probably has a copy on the shelf.
  • Today, Amazon will sell you the trade paperback edition for $11.53.
  • I will buy a copy for the first twenty people who ask for a copy and agree to write a brief comment (positive or negative) about the book.

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Personal Strength Focus

Recently I’ve picked up a series of books based on surveys about personal strengths conducted by Gallup, the pollsters and market researchers. My brother-in-law, who used to work at Gallup, gave me a copy of Soar with Your Strengths. In it the authors argue that each person has a primary strength and that you should focus on developing and utilizing that strength, rather than trying to correct your weaknesses. A later book in the series, Strengths Finder 2.0, provides access to an online assessment that readers can use to determine their top five strengths.

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