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How To Be Happier: Teach Yourself

How To Be Happier: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Paul Jenner
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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"It's an easy read and will help you to find the silver lining behind every cloud" (- Prima)

Book Description

How To Be Happier teaches you to think, eat and exercise your way to a happier life with more fulfilling relationships.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (29 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Jenner (born 1950) is the author and co-author of more than 30 books. After leaving school he trained as a journalist and had his first book published in 1979. But it was while working as a travel writer that a chance meeting with a duti (female Tantrika) in Bangkok led to a change of direction. A number of self-help books followed, including How To Be Happier, Kama Sutra, Get Intimate With Tantric Sex, Have Great Sex and Transform Your Life With NLP. In the 1980s he moved to the French Pyrenees and then to Spain where he lives with his partner, the writer Christine Smith, three ponies, two dogs and two sheep.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 15 Feb 2010
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I will admit that when I got this book, I was a tad sceptical. After-all, how can a simple book teach one to be `happier'? How wrong was I!?

This book is pretty good at what it does and has definitely had a significant impact on me. It is written in a nice, fluent style and is not condescending or patronizing. There is a lot the book covers in its 230 or so pages, it would be slightly inappropriate to cover it all in this review.

The book is divided into the following chapters:-

How happy are you?
Building a happy brain
Think yourself happy
Goodbye to negative eotions
Eating happiness
Inner happiness
How to get happy fit
Be happy being yourself
Relationships, love and happiness
Happy sex
Connection equals happiness
Your seven-day happiness plan

Each chapter is fairly short and you could wizz through it in a single sitting. None-the-less, the author aims to allow the reader to question themselves, rather than provide a `do-this-do-that' routine. There is plenty of peer-reviewed and quoted studies which have been referenced to back-up any claims and does go to show that the author knows their stuff.

Everyone has some kind of gripe with life and one point or another, but it is how we deal with these emotions that matters. I cannot recommend this book enough. If I had one complaint, it will be that the book was a little short!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good in theory 25 Mar 2010
By Josh W
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The book has various "quick fixes" that you can try depending on how long you have got to spare, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes and so on. Then you can read the whole book and it goes into more detail on how you can eat healthily to improve mood or banish negative thoughts to find happiness. It's generally helpful, but mostly just quite full of vague waffle with little real scientific backing or sound theories on true happiness. It doesn't really seem to cover more accepted psychological theories that deal with "wholeness" and "wellness", such as the Human Givens approach, and I think a basic introduction to the Human Givens approach towards happiness and contentment would make a much better read overall. I tried the healthy eating for a month, and found that whilst my body may have appreciated the additional vitamins and nutrition that external factors such as work, relationships, and my thoughts had a much larger impact on my happiness levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By OrganicGreen VINE VOICE
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This book is well layed out and easy to read. You can dip into it any time to gather information and inspiration about what being happy. There is a lot to it but it is so well layed out that you can dip into whatever section tat applies to you. How happy are you? Building a happy brain..Think yourself happy...good bye to negative emotions...Eating ahppiness.. inner happiness,.. how to get happy fit.. be happy being yourserlf..relationshiops & love.. happy sex .. connection equals happyness and seven days of happyness plan...

I used to suffer from extreme low depressions and have used books to study more about my feeling low and have manage to manage my depressions myself. I then found that I wanted to manage my happiness and so read many books like this to keep myself happy at most times. Get this book and be happy for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A happy book that's helped me a lot! 24 Dec 2009
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
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I am HAPPY to recommend this book,(See? It's working already!) and some of the many reasons I am is that it advises me to eat chocolate,enjoy funny books and DVDs,and contains little jokes scattered among the pages.It's not just fun and games,though; it reasons that happiness can be learned like any other skill,and that our brains are"plastic" and can be trained and moulded like a muscle.
I have started my Happiness Diary,put on my Jack Johnson CD and,though I have only had this book a few days,I do feel happier! Now I know that I have the right to be happy but that it doesn't just happen,I have to make it a choice and work at it.This book has helped me a lot;it is easy to follow and has lots of practical ideas you can start right away. Give it a go- you'll be happy you did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, approachable self-help book 26 April 2010
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I'll admit that I started reading this book with a large degree of scepticism. I don't class myself as terribly unhappy but I certainly wish that I could be a happier and more positive person all round. I did try to start reading with an open mind but I still was dubious about how the book would help me.

It starts off with a section for if you only have 5 or 10 minutes to spare. While this was a nice gentle introduction to the book, it was a bit pointless as the advice was so basic you can't really take anything from it.

I moved on to the book itself. It has a lot of exercises to do while you read or after you've read a chapter.

The book itself is well written in a style that was engaging, approachable, fun and interesting. It's also set out so that you never feel daunted by how much you've got to read and you can easily read a little bit at a time. There are plenty of little snippets, jokes, quizzes and exercises to do after each chapter too.

There are 12 chapters in all focussing on things like exercise, eating, getting rid of negative thoughts, sex, being yourself, relationships, positivity and many more.

After reading this book, I don't find that I've found the magic key to happiness but if I'm honest, I do feel a lot more positive about things. A lot of the stuff in the book is quite thought provoking and makes you stop to wonder why you do things like visit with friends you don't even like or stay in a job that you hate. It definitely does make you think which can then lead you to taking charge and so can make you happier!

I would definitely recommend this book. It's not particularly fancy but if you feel you could do with a little boost of happiness then it could really make a difference. 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually very good
I have just read the first chapter and l love it so far. I was thinking why I like it so much and think it's because this book is actually quite dynamic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars The book
This book is amazing so inspirational. I highly recommend it to everyone!!! It helps, to keep you going and give u reasons to enjoy and appreciate every single moment in your life.
Published on 4 April 2012 by Ina
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness
I do like this book. It really points out the obvious but it makes you think and gives you ideas o how to change things. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by caza
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old self-help nonsense
This is an astonishingly facile book, even for the self-help genre. If you've read any other "how to be happy" type book, you've read it all before, and better done than this:... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by S. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Happier not Happy
It is interesing that this book is called "How to be Happier" rather than "How to be happy". I guess you can never ensure that someone will be happy from following the suggestions... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by J. Mann
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover...
I must admit, I was slightly sucked in by the cheerful image on the front cover. And as the cover also boasts that the book's content is based on 'the latest wellbeing research', I... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2010 by Hunter Sza
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but repetitive.
There is a lot of repetition in this book. The same information is often presented in three different formats; the long version, the medium version and the short version. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Self-help for those who probably don't need it!
This book offers a number of "quick fixes" which are useful, and relatively easy to follow, and also gives a great deal of advice, much of which is little more than simple common... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by Glasgow Dreamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not an answer
This book is full of several quick fixes and suggestions to being happy. Tackling physical, mental and emotional issues that cause unhappiness. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by pepemia
4.0 out of 5 stars It, erm, positively works.
I read this book as someone who's sometimes not as confident as they could be, and lets this get them down. Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by Flickering Ember
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