A few years ago, my friend Lisa and I led a women’s retreat on the subject of happiness. That’s when I realized there are people who study the subject officially and write books about it. Fun!
While looking at happiness literature, I found this neat little title:
Here are ten of my favorite tips from the book (although I like all of them).
Secret 12: Have realistic expectations.
Secret 22: Pay attention. You may have what you want.
Secret 34: It’s not what happened. It’s how you think about what happened.
Secret 38: Share of yourself.
Secret 49: Be a peacemaker.
Secret 51: Make your work a calling.
Secret 59: Be Your own fan.
Secret 71: Don’t accept television’s picture of the world.
Secret 82: Don’t dwell on unwinnable conflicts.
And here’s a good one if you’re feeling extra wrinkly today:
Secret 98: You have not finished the best part of your life.
Author and psychologist David Niven does a great job expounding on each secret with succinct explanations, suggestions, and easygoing examples. And he backs each secret up with psychological research.
Yes, a lot of the points ARE really simple, but I’m kind of slow to get some of this stuff. It helps me to read it in happy black and white. I like to pick this book up sometimes when I’m feeling grumpy or at loose ends, and you will too. That’s why I’m offering it as a GIVEAWAY. Post a comment below or send me an email saying you’d like to be entered in the giveaway. I’ll choose a winner at random on March 8.
Photo at the top of the post was taken by daughter Kath at a funky sandwich shop in San Diego this week.
Photo below is my daughter Laura, the school psychologist, at her graduation from Northeastern University last spring. (Since Laura spent seven years studying psychology as an undergrad and graduate student, I’m taking this motherly opportunity to post her picture on this post related to the study of the mind and human behavior.)
The book is One Hundred Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You can Use It. David Niven, Ph.D. Harper One, 2006.