any woman how she’s feeling. Even when things look pretty darn great
from the outside, chances are that at least one thing (and it may seem
minor to others) is nagging at her, making her feel less than
spectacular, and bringing her down: “I’m too fat.” “My husband doesn’t help
enough around the house.” “My friend is going to be mad if I don’t call
her back.” “Why don’t my kids try harder at school?” “My job is less than
inspiring.” “Whatever happened to that old boyfriend, the one who got
Whether it’s the size of our thighs or our bank accounts, there always
seems to be something that isn’t measuring up to our high standards—and
we let the dissatisfaction spill over into other areas of our lives,
distracting us from taking pleasure in everything that’s going right.
In The Nine Rooms of Happiness, Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of Self
magazine, and women’s health psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf use the
metaphor of a house to release us from this phenomenon. In this house,
the living room is where we deal with friendships and our social life;
the bedroom is where we explore intimacy, romance, relationships, and
sex; the bathroom is for issues relating to health and body image; the
kitchen is for nourishment and the division of chores; and so on. Our
“inner house” can have eight beautifully designed, neat and tidy rooms
and one messy one, and yet we still focus on the mess.
The Nine Rooms of Happiness pinpoints common self-destructive
patterns of behavior and offers key processes that will help listeners
clean up their emotional architecture. After each room is “clean,”
Danziger and Birndorf show us how we can spend time on ourselves
figuring out what is most meaningful to us—finding larger passion and
purpose that makes returning to the rest of our house a pleasure, no
matter what calamity or mess awaits.
The result? This book will help you think differently about the things
that are bringing you down and will help you live a happier, more
joy-filled life—in every room of your emotional house. Download and start listening now!