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In Pursuit of Happiness
by E. Perry Good
How many of us truly find happiness or even know what it means? In this book, E. Perry Good explains what you can do if you want to have a happier life. Explore the four parts of your behavioral system and discover how basic psychological needs motivate all of our actions. Once you learn to read your own internal signals, you can act responsibly to support these basic needs.
New View's all-time best seller!
I think the book is brilliant. So attractive. So full of life. So down to earth. It's a real contribution to people who want life in full measure and who need some help from time to time. And that's all of us. Right? - Douglas H. Naylor, Educator Training Center, Long Beach, California
Introduction ... 1
1. Recognize Your Signals ... 29
2. See Your Pictures ... 54
3. Choose Your Behaviors ... 75
4. Balance Your Needs ... 101
5. Increase Your Options ... 123
6. Strengthen Your Relationships ... 149
7. Use Your Imagination ... 180
From the Introduction:
It's risky to write a book about happiness. Happiness is out of style. Happiness is superficial. Happiness is for little kids. Happiness is not serious enough for anyone over the age of twelve. And yet, our forefathers (and mothers) thought it was serious enough to include in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
In America, the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right. That means that everyone has the right to pursue it. The problem is HOW. Every day we are offered countless suggestions about what will bring happiness: a sausage biscuit in the morning, a beer after work, a telephone call, the right soft drink, or even a certain soap powder. Advertisers rarely talk about the cost of their products. they know that if they can convince you that their product will make you happier, you will buy it if you can. Some people think therapy can bring happiness. Others think drugs or alcohol are the answer.
So you find yourself asking: What is happiness? How do I find it? Will I know when I have it? Does anyone ever find it? Is there a way to pursue it that I can understand? Are therapists the only people who can help me find happiness? Can drugs make me happy?
Happiness is a by-product of leading a balanced, varied and satisfying life which meets your needs.