The Book of Happiness: Brilliant Ideas to Transform Your Life
May 2006, Capstone
The Book of Happiness is more than just a practical guide to improving your happiness levels. It's a complete makeover, aimed at putting a spring in your step, and a permanent lift to your spirits. We all know happiness is a state of mind, but few of us know how to improve our share of it. Many people think that happiness just comes out of nowhere. Not so. The reality is you can create your own happiness by choosing what you do, what you say, where you go, what you remember, who and what you surround yourself with, what you think and what you listen to.
The Book of Happiness kicks off with a Happiness Questionnaire to give you an instant snapshot of your current state of mind. Once you have scored yourself, you will learn the areas you need to focus on. There is a workbook to complete at each key stage, as well as stirring anecdotes, tips and happy thoughts to keep you going.
Just remember: it only takes 21 days to get rid of an unwanted habit and to acquire a new one. Isn't it about time you got the happiness habit?
Introduction: What is happiness and how to develop the Happiness Habit.
1 The Happiness Questionnaire.
2 The Stairway of Happiness.
Creating an environment that will increase your happiness.
What we mean by Surroundings.
How your Surroundings affect your happiness.
Brilliant Ideas for improving your Surroundings and growing the Happiness Habit.
Workbook – practical actions you can take to increase the amount of happiness in your Surroundings. Take the Happiness Challenge!
Changing what you do to create the Happiness Habit.
What we mean by Behaviour.
How your Behaviour affects your happiness.
Brilliant Ideas for improving your Behaviour and growing the Happiness Habit.
Workbook – practical actions to increase the amount of happiness that results from the things you do. Take the Happiness Challenge!
5 Skills and Capabilities.
Making the most of your talents and using them to develop new happiness skills.
What we mean by Skills and Capabilities.
How your Skills and Capabilities affect your happiness.
Brilliant Ideas for improving your Skills and Capabilities to grow the Happiness Habit.
Workbook – practical actions you can take to make the most of your Skills and Competencies and therefore increase your happiness. Take the Happiness Challenge!
6 Values and Beliefs.
Being true to what you value and believe so that it adds to the happiness in your life.
What we mean by Values and Beliefs.
How Values and Beliefs affect your happiness.
Brilliant Ideas for living your life according to your true Values and Beliefs – and therefore increasing your happiness.
Workbook – practical actions you can take to make the most of the Values and Beliefs that work for you and which will result in happiness. Take the Happiness Challenge!
7 Identity – Be Yourself.
Being yourself – seeing yourself for who you are and using this knowledge to get the happiness you truly deserve.
What we mean by Identity.
How your Identity affects your happiness.
Brilliant Ideas for getting to know who you are and to be happy within yourself.
Workbook – practical actions you can take to increase the amount of happiness resulting from being true to yourself. Take the Happiness Challenge!
Being more than yourself – finding the path to the Purpose and meaning in your life.
What we mean by Purpose.
How your Purpose affects your happiness.
Brilliant Ideas for fi nding your Purpose in life and feeling happy about why you are here.
Workbook – practical actions you can take to set a course for happiness in your life. Take the Happiness Challenge!
Appendix 1: Happiness and Work – Questionnaire.
Appendix 2: Lancaster University Research Findings.
Anne Watson spent 18 years building up a successful and highly profitable research based headhunting business that was finally sold in March 1998. She now focuses on performance management and performance enhancement consultancy. She runs Luck Workshops with Heather Summers, challenging participants to take charge of their own destiny and outperform their own expectations.