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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonja Lyubomirsky Narrator: Kathy Keane Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research-based lessons on how to find opportunity in life’s thorniest moments

In The Myths of Happiness, Lyubomirsky isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements (marriage, children, professional satisfaction, wealth) and failures (singlehood, divorce, financial ruin, illness) to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being. Lyubomirsky argues that we have been given false promises—myths that assure us that lifelong happiness will be attained once we hit the culturally confirmed markers of adult success. This restricted view of happiness works to discourage us from recognizing the upside of any negative life turn and blocks us from recognizing our own growth potential. Our outsized expectations transform natural rites of passage into emotional land mines and steer us to make toxic decisions.

Because we expect the best (or the worst) from life’s turning points, we shortsightedly place too much weight on our initial emotional responses. The Myths of Happiness empowers readers to look beyond their first response, sharing scientific evidence that often it is our mindset—not our circumstances—that matters. Central to these findings is the notion of hedonic adaptation, the fact that people are far more adaptable than they think. Even after a major life change, good or bad, we tend to return to our initial happiness level, forgetting what once made us elated or why we felt that life was so unbearable. The Myths of Happiness offers the perspective we need to make wiser choices, sharing how to slow the effects of this adaptation after a positive turn and find the way forward in a time of darkness.

In The Myths of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky turns an empirical eye to the biggest, messiest moments, providing readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life. A corrective course on happiness and a call to regard life’s twists and turns with a more open mind, The Myths of Happiness shares practical lessons with life-changing potential.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “While remaining sympathetic to her readers’ pain, Lyubomirsky demonstrates that positively reframing life events can mine the best out of even the darkest situations. Provocative and fresh.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Informative and engaging.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rawson Gordon II | 2/19/2014

    " I have nothing good to say about this book because I don't or won't believe my troubles are in its scope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alisa Bowman | 2/10/2014

    " Sonja Lyubomirsky combines the latest research with personal insights and advice to create what just might be the most useful "how to be happy" guide around. She breaks the book up into life stages: marriage, parenthood, etc. Most of the advice is so new that it's surprising, but also easy and fun to implement. I read the book a few months back, but I'm still using some of the tips and tricks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Astrid | 2/9/2014

    " Be grateful for what you have, don't obsess, don't analyze the good stuff but do analyze the bad stuff, don't sweat the small stuff. If you can do something about an issue that bothers you then do it, if you can't do something then take it in stride. Common sense stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter Mcloughlin | 2/5/2014

    " This book has some good advice that jives with my experience on making myself happy. It covers the major life event and why they are not as important as you think in a person's overall happiness. The little pleasures and frustrations although smaller and seemingly insignifigant have more of an impact on a person's happiness. A good read and good advice on how to stay happy and feel good about life in general. "

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