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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Smith Narrator: Ian Smith Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781427208651
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Happiness isn't the too-brief rush that comes from getting something you've wanted—it's the lasting great feeling that comes from becoming someone you want to be…..

And someone others want to be with, too. No matter where you start, Happy can help you improve your life and permanently alter your happiness set point.

Dr. Ian has inspired millions to lose weight. In counseling dieters, Smith learned that while achieving hard-fought and worthy goals can help make a person happy, even these real accomplishments aren't what make happiness stick.

In Happy, Ian Smith presents a program that motivates readers to understand the behaviors and mind-sets that work and last, including:

--How to be optimistic

--Why optimism and realism are not opposites

--How to get outside yourself

--The importance of family and community

--Why involvement leads to contentment

--Shedding the treadmill mentality of getting and spending

--Tapping the power of simple pleasures

--Mastering modern life to live in the moment

--What we can learn from the Danish people

--How to be, not just to do

Happy is a life-changing book from one of America's most trusted voices.

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Quotes & Awards

  • An excellent motivational and insightful self-help guide, Happy lives up to its title. Midwest Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trent Hess | 1/5/2014

    " I was looking for a non-religious guide to happiness. This book did a good job. He does mentions prayer but in conjunction with meditation. Made some good points. Worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/23/2013

    " Only read part of this book. I guess I felt really happy once I finished a 1/4 of the book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 5/15/2013

    " Fascinating book about specific ways to reduce stress and live more happily. I especially enjoyed his anecdotes, his lists of suggestions, and his summaries of medical studies that show how we can be happier. I almost gave this book a 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khalid Scott | 2/27/2013

    " Excellent guide to motivate us all to get out of own way and take accountability of our own like! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 9/22/2012

    " This book was okay. It had good ideas to try, but mostly it was nothing new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee | 8/2/2012

    " This book was incredible. The lessons within it teach so much and it is on a level everyone can understand. I really do believe it can help change your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 3/11/2012

    " Not much new...such a let down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry Dullum | 8/22/2011

    " Not bad as these kinds of books go. Pretty good advice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 7/23/2011

    " Ian K. Smith references research done on happiness and summarizes it for the reader. I think I'd rather read the original sources, but at least he gives the names of the researchers, e.g. Martin Seligman, so that the reader can do his or her own research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trent | 11/5/2010

    " I was looking for a non-religious guide to happiness. This book did a good job. He does mentions prayer but in conjunction with meditation. Made some good points. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 8/6/2010

    " Fascinating book about specific ways to reduce stress and live more happily. I especially enjoyed his anecdotes, his lists of suggestions, and his summaries of medical studies that show how we can be happier. I almost gave this book a 5. "

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About the Author

Ian Smith, MD, has been an award-winning medical correspondent for NBC News and a contributor to the Today show. He is a medical columnist for Men’s Health magazine and a commentator for NPR’s Tavis Smiley show and for the nationally syndicated talk show The View. He lives in New York City.