Why write a book on happiness? Why read one?
The answer is “Why write or read a book on anything else?” Surely happiness is the most important subject of all? Surely all the books, and all the time spent thinking about and doing everything else, from Time Management to Making Money, from Philosophy to Gardening, are all aimed at us trying to be happier in our lives. We think that if we had more time, or more money, or knew more about things, or had a nicer garden, that we would be more happy. But would we?
This book is an attempt to get to the bottom of what makes people happy.
Maybe everyone is different and the question is too hard to find a single answer to. Certainly there isn’t one easy answer or we’d all know it and do it.
But what if there were basics that work for everyone, or nearly everyone? Or what if we all want a combination of the same basic things? What if there were some quite simple things that we could do that would make a difference to us? That’s what I’m going to explore in this book.
There are limited things you can do each day in order to increase the amount of happiness that you experience.
This book is designed to be browsed at random. Maybe try a page a day. Maybe work on the ideas with a friend or a group of friends.
Whatever works for you!
Complete list of the Contents (long!)
Section 1: Understanding Happiness
Another way of thinking about yourself – your personality type.
Barriers to happiness for each personality type.
Going back to the 6 lifestyles.
Suggested happiness actions for each personality type.
Your current happiness audit
Mixing present and future.
Section 2a: Inside your head – things to get rid of….
“Can I change myself?”.
Breaking free of comparisons.
Section 2b: Inside your head – things to bring in….
Review your life – sum up the good.
Observing and Daily Gratitude.
Choosing your mood.
Taking responsibility for everything.
Positive Self talk.
Scripts: you can choose your life.
Security at work.
Making the Chores Fun.
Combining happiness factors.
Section 3: Social
Friends – reduce.
Keeping in touch.
Group of friends.
Those old photos.
A good boss.
Section 4: Your environment
The Power of Music.
Section 5: Time.
Home Time vs Work Time.
Blurred edges of home and work.
Need to do.
Would like to do.
Simplifying and closing.
Time Planning for Happiness.
Section 6: Growth and challenge.
Comfort Zones – The balance between excitement and security.
When does challenge become stress?.
Control over the evolution of your job.
Section 7: Sense of Achievement
Progress towards Goals.
Enjoying the Price.
Competing isn’t the answer
Dabbling vs Excelling.
Section 8: Summing Up.
Top 5 tips for Happiness at Work.
Summing up – My list of 87 actions.
Buy the book for less than a pint of beer….