- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hay House UK (3 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848501706
- ISBN-13: 978-1848501706
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Happiness Now!: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast Paperback – 3 Jan 2011
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Robert hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens! (http://www.hayhouseradio.com/hosts.php?author_id=444), he is an official contributor to Oprah.com (http://www.oprah.com/contributor/robert-holden), and his facebook page is www.facebook.com/drrobertholden.
Robert Holden's website: www.robertholden.org. Please click on the Events for Robert's courses and future public engagements.
Britain's foremost expert on happiness. (The Daily Mail)
Robert is a gifted teacher. His work transforms lives. (Deepak Chopra)
Inspirational motivator and founder of the Happiness Project gives his life-changing advice on how to be happy now --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Now while I'm a little more biased towards the scientific approach, let it be said there is MUCH to be gained by reading a book like this. It's what I like to think of as a "cognitive therapy" approach to making one happier. Cognitive therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people overcome their problems by identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking- which is just how I feel this book accomplishes its goal of trying to make people happier.
One interesting point of the book is that happiness is a decision, and that you can have it right now- hence the title of the book. Of course if it was thar easy, you or I wouldn't need to be reading a book about how to be happy, now would we? Therefore, the bulk of the book is spent discussing obstacles that get in the way.
To that end, one of the many quotes in the book goes like this, "A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." And changing your attitude for the better is definitely one thing this book succeeds at. Happy trails!
I bought it thinking it would be an extension or development of ideas that I have previously found useful - the biggest one being that happiness is within you, all the time. and it's true, the author does expand these ideas. And yet, I found my buoyant mood somewhat damped on reading this book, and had to turn to techniques I have learned from other books to restore it. So, it obviously is not successful in its objective for all people, not even those who buy into the basic premises.
I agree with most of what he says, but for me the main weaknesses are:
1. It continually tells you that you can choose to be happy, but doesn't give you any practical suggestions for how. There are actually some simple techniques that can help you find your inner happiness, but it's not as simple as simply pulling yourself up from your bootstraps and choosing it (at least, not for those of us who have struggled with depression). It's close, but not that close. Until you learn the techniques for identifying internal happiness (mainly meditation techniques, but also techniques for directing and calming your thoughts and quieting the "chattering monkey"), advice along the lines of "you can just choose to be happy" can be extremely frustrating. You end up thinking, "I know I should be able to just be happy, so what's wrong with me that I can't do it?" - it's just something else to make you feel bad about yourself.
So, weakness #1: very short on practical guidance
2. It's very spiritually oriented.Read more ›
Just when we start to enjoy things in life a mental cloud decides to stop the happy vibe. Why on earth would we do that to ourselves?
Holden spends time analyzing these and similar questions and in the process you become more informed about what's really going on in your mind and how it contributes to losing the happy vibe. This book is excellent for allowing you to gain insight into your own thinking process and how it can sabotage your happiness.
This is a must-have book for anyone wanting to understand how your thoughts keep you from your happiness. I also liked "Nexus: A Neo Novel" - a great novel about a spiritual journey through depression and The "Feeling Good Handbook" - a mood therapy book - for more insights.
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Having been recently bereaved, this book was recommended. I would NOT read this if you are grieving. Beside that, it is Pollyanna - ish. Read morePublished 20 months ago by selective buyer
I've read a lot of books on this topic & this is the one that stands out for me. In some ways the title - about feeling good fast - can make you think it is going to be superficial... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2014 by loopy
Although this book contains many wisdoms it also claimes many things I could not agree with. What I liked least about it is the frequent mention of God and prayers - surely... Read morePublished on 1 July 2011 by gros1440
What a treasure this book is, just like a best friend, - loving, compassionate and will always be by your side. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2008 by C. Talbot
This is without doubt quite the best book I have read on happiness - a real gem!
It is said that 'if you do what you've always done - you'll get what you've always had'. Read more
Robert is a talented and witty writer, and in this book he shares the true secrets of happiness, and dispells the myths about happiness being something to pursue, or something 'out... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2008 by Steve Jakab