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3.0 out of 5 stars Theory with practical exercises, 31 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Teach Yourself Happiness Workbook (Teach Yourself: Relationships & Self-Help) (Paperback)
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This book has an introduction, a pretty short and limited bibliography and references and chapters are each a combination of theory and practical exercises.

The pace and style of writing is much like what you would expect from the self-help genre, dispensing practical wisdom, commonsense and what feels very like folksy truisms alongside ideas from cognitive behavioural therapy or rational emotive behaviour therapy. The text is broken up well using bullet points, dialogue boxes, sub-headings and sub-sections. It is an easy and rapid read if you are reading it and skipping the exercises.

If you are familiar with the happiness science research and self-help genre this is unlikely to prove a very ground breaking read. Its strength is really that it does provide a series of practical exercises to accompany each of its chapters.

The practical exercises themselves are a variety of assessing and tracking tools, questions are presented to prompt thinking about self-awareness, relationships, what you want and need. The aim is to become more conscious of your thinking and experience the benefits which flow from greater self-awareness.

Other exercises are more about planning and tracking progress once goals are decided, such as the frequency with which exercise can be taken and what sorts of exercise to plan to remain motivated.

The book itself has sections lined and unlined or with example tables when the tools are more than a sample page from a "progress journal". It would be possible to photocopy these if you dont wish to deface the book or are using it as a guide to exercises that you may use with others or share.

I could not give this book more stars because I personally have read a lot of these sorts of books and believe I could devise some of the exercises myself. If you are a similar reader to myself you could find it the same, on the other hand it is understandable and accessible to anyone without any prior reading and understanding.
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