Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life

Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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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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What Is Happiness?We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a
result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of
recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
What is the definition of happiness? In my search for this slippery answer, I decided to start the old-fashioned way—with the dictionary.
n 1: a state of well-being and contentment; also: a
pleasurable satisfaction
Sounds reasonable. But if you line up one hundred psychologists and social scientists and ask them to give their

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

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About the Author

Ian K. Smith, M.D.

Ian K. Smith, M.D., is the number one bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet, Extreme Fat Smash Diet, The 4 Day DietThe 4 Day Detox and EAT. He is a medical contributor on The View and The Rachael Ray Show, the diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Healthwise on American Urban Radio Networks. He writes a medical column for Men’s Health magazine. He has written for various publications including Time and Newsweek, and been featured in People, Essence, Ebony and Cosmopolitan, among others. He is a former medical correspondent for NBC and for NewsChannel 4 in New York, where he filed reports for NBC’s Nightly News and The Today Show. In 2007, he created the 50 Million Pound Challenge, a free national weight loss initiative with a growing list of more than 1.9 million people registered. Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College with an AB and received a master’s in science education from Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed the last two years of his medical education and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Dr. Smith currently resides in Manhattan.

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Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life
Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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St. Martin's Press
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429923286
ISBN10: 1429923288
240 pages

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April 2010
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ISBN: 9781427208651
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December 2010
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ISBN: 9780312672775
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