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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucy Danziger, Catherine Birndorf Narrator: Marguerite Gavi Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ask 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 away?”

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/14/2014

    " This sounded like a great book, but I was disappointed to find that many of the examples didn't really pertain to myself or my current situation. I suppose they are more broad and not specific to appeal to a wide audience of women, but I'm all about specifics. Also, in reading the few stories that did pertain to my life closely I was lost at the end not feeling like I had found a "solution/direction" to head next to solve that problem. I love the overall metaphor of the house and especially the question about asking "What room are you in?" I think I will find this very helpful in the future for organizing my thoughts and keeping them all in their place. Overall I believe reading this book will help me tame some of my issues, but I would have loved a little more practice/specific instruction. The pearls are also wonderful and I will hang onto those for future reference. I guess what I would ultimately wanted would be to find the root of my problems more than read about someone else's, especially when I found it hard to relate to most of them. I found the overall concept more helpful and something I would relate to others, more than the book itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/8/2014

    " This book will impact every reader differently based on where they are in life, their past, their present and their future. It's at times hard to follow but at minimum EVERY woman should read the epilogue. For me, it was the most meaningful and moving and takes about five minutes to read but will make you think for hours after you have read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kaprice | 12/24/2013

    " I didn't like the concept of the book and never finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Beth | 12/17/2013

    " Interesting concepts and advice from people who have heard it all. "

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About the Author

Lucy Danziger has been editor in chief of Self magazine for more than eight years and has grown the circulation to over six million monthly readers. She lives in New York City.