Richard O'Connor, MSW, Ph.D.
St. Martin's Press
From the bestselling author of Undoing Depression – a groundbreaking program to get happy and stay happy!
Do you want to live the happiest, most satisfying life possible? Does happiness feel like an elusive goal? According to the most recent developments in psychology and science, the brain can be trained to be more receptive to happiness, because staying happy doesn’t come naturally. Nor does our society make it easy. In Happy at Last, psychotherapist Richard O’Connor offers new thinking about how we attain and maintain happiness, and he shows us that it doesn’t necessarily have to come at a high cost or in a big package. Rather, we can be in command of our happiness by learning to control how our minds work so that we can identify and savor the hidden positive aspects of everyday life. To do this, O’Connor provides us with a set of skills that will help us re-wire our brains to allow ourselves more joy.
Filled with practical advice and exercises, Happy at Last is a step-by-step guide that will help you achieve
* The core skills that we need to feel happy and fulfilled in today’s world.
* Strategies for increasing happiness, reducing unnecessary misery, and experiencing greater satisfaction.
* Techniques for keeping sadness at bay and stress from getting in the way of enjoying life.
This is not glib pop psychology but rather the best current science has to offer, put into an accessible and absorbing book. Richard O’Connor makes it possible to be, finally, Happy at Last!
From the Introduction to Happy At Last
Conventional happiness reached a dead end well before our current economic meltdown. For centuries, one of the basic operating principles of Western society has been the belief that increasing prosperity will lead automatically to greater happiness. But now for the first time we have the data to prove that’s just not so. In the USA and Europe, over the last fifty years since scientists started measuring personal happiness reliably, people continue to report that they are
“Many self-help books are wildly unrealistic and not grounded in any kind of scientific evidence about how the mind actually works. Not so with Richard O'Connor's book. The author provides a clear roadmap through the opportunities, obstacles and complexities of happiness, drawing on the latest scientific research as well as his long and compassionate experience as a therapist. This is a book that leaves you wiser and better equipped to face the future.” - Daniel Nettle, Newcastle University; author of Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile
"Richard O'Connor, having already helped us to undo depression and chronic stress, now helps us to do happiness. Filled with humor and humanity, this book gives an up-to-date summary of the best of what research and clinical experience has to tell us about being happy. O'Connor is an engaging writer who holds the reader's attention while providing real substance." - Bill O'Hanlon, author of Change 101