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The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

ISBN: 978-1-118-49316-8
208 pages
February 2013
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Discover the path to a happy life, from a woman who overcame the odds and achieved a joyful life

Author Marilyn Tam takes what she learned from being an unwanted, neglected, and abused child in Hong Kong to become an international business success and humanitarian who is happy, healthy, and at peace with herself. In The Happiness Choice, she teaches readers how to live the life of their dreams. This book reveals the principles, tools, and philosophies she has used to achieve a balanced, healthy, and joyful life. People want contentment, love, and happiness from meaningful work, personal relationships, healthy mind and body, a spiritual core, and a reason for living. Tam details a path to get you there.

  • Offers overall perspective, inspiration, and support to help people achieve their dreams
  • Packed with personal stories and advice from Tam, celebrated entrepreneur and sought-after speaker and consultant, working globally with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and non-profit organizations

The Happiness Choice, is filled with stories, tips, and insights on how anyone can live the life they've dreamed of living—a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life.

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Table of Contents





Chapter 1 This Is Not the Life I Thought I

Was Living 1

Chapter 2 Upturn, Downturn, Your Turn 7

Chapter 3 Life Purpose—Yours 17

The Four Stages in Life 26

Sudden and Unexpected Changes 31

Following Your Life Purpose 34

Life Purpose, Health, and Happiness 37

The Life Purpose Exercise Process 39

Summary of the Life Purpose Process 41

Chapter 4 One Step at a Time 43

Quality of Life Quiz 47

Summary of the Journaling Process 48

Chapter 5 Money and Other Means of Exchange 55

How to Make Money 60

Money and Your Life Mission 63

“Money Doesn’t Talk, It Swears” 67

Time and Money 69

Chapter 6 Relationships 73

Your Relationship with Yourself 76

Nurturing Your Relationships 84

How to Nurture Your Relationships 87

Wabi-Sabi Love 90

Uncoupling 92

Further Thoughts on Relationships 93

Gratitude 95

Chapter 7 Spirit 97

The Felt Sense 99

The Three Pillars of Chinese Wisdom 103

Spiritual Awakening 108

Chapter 8 Your Body 111

Moods, Stress, and Health 114

Diet, Exercise, Mind, and Health 118

Diet and Health 125

Antiaging, Longevity, and Health 128

The Body’s Filtering Systems 129

Adrenal Glands and Stress 133

Thyroid and Health 134

Dental Fillings and Health 135

Reflections 136

Chapter 9 Your Community 139

Making Community, Making Money 142

Creating New Communities 143

Vitamin Angels 145

Another Kind of Global Community 147

One Small Person 149

An Uprising of Wellness 150

Chapter 10 Next Steps 155





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Author Information

MARILYN TAM is an author, speaker, and consultant, working globally with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations. She has been the CEO of Aveda Corp, president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, and vice president of Nike, Inc. Marilyn is also the cofounder and Executive Director of the Us Foundation, one of the partners for the United Nations' Habitat II, nominated as a candidate for the "Best Practice Award." Marilyn is a Director on the national board of SCORE Association, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Press Release

February 19, 2013
The Happiness Choice Shares the Principles, Tools, and Philosophies to Achieve a Balanced, Healthy and Joyful Life

Her mother regarded Marilyn as a waste of a pregnancy and she was abused and mistreated accordingly. As a teen Marilyn left her home in Hong Kong to come to America alone and became an international business success and humanitarian. In The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (Wiley; Hardcover & ebook; ISBN: 978-1-1184-9316-8) she shares how anyone can choose to be happy and successful. She shows that happiness is a choice; anyone can find the resources and tools within any circumstance to guide them to a better place. Happiness, as verified by studies at Harvard, Yale and Gallup research is not only good for one’s personal health; it increases productivity and creativity too!

The USA General Social Surveys show that women’s overall level of happiness has decreased compared to what it was 40 years ago—and to men. And the drop occurs regardless of their financial position, marital status, children, age, or race. The top 35 developed countries’ surveys show the same trend. The 21st century economic and social pressures are making men and women unhappier and it is affecting their health, relationships and productivity. Gallup research showed that in 2012, $550 Billion of productivity was lost due to unhappiness and low wellbeing at work.

“People want contentment, love and happiness derived from meaningful work. They want nourishing personal relationships, a healthy mind and body, a spiritual core, and reason for living,” says Tam. “But with only 24 hours in a day and all of the competing demands of modern life, the question is - how? Is it even possible?”

Marilyn Tam’s book is filled with stories, tips, and insights on how anyone can live the life they've dreamed of living. It includes personal experiences and advice from experts in the fields of business success, relationships, health and fitness, spiritual and community relations, to strengthen and broaden the perspective and tools available for readers.

The book guides readers in prioritizing their many roles so that they can feel fulfilled and balanced. Readers will learn that it is not only how much they get done but also what they get done – removing any sense of guilt and shame and allowing them to live in balance, joy and inner peace with insight.

“I am the second daughter in a traditional Chinese family, and my birth was followed quickly by the birth of three younger brothers. To say that I was unwanted would be an understatement – my mother left me in the hospital and had to be called to pick me up. Rising from an abusive childhood, leaving Hong Kong as teen for university in the United State to becoming a global business leader and humanitarian, I’ve found the secrets to achieving a better life than I’d ever dreamed was possible – and you can too.”

Tam’s inspiring story and her personal and professional achievements and experiences show audiences how anyone can overcome seemingly daunting odds to live the life of their dreams.

About the Awards

The Global Ebook Awards honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing: Ebooks. Now in its third year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories. Most ebooks are also available as printed books. For more information about the award and the winners, please visit: http://globalebookawards.com/2013-global-ebook-awards-winners/

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