Friday, July 5, 2013

HAPPY THIS YEAR!: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All by Will Bowen

Book Description:  A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, resulting in greater sustainable levels of happiness. Regardless of what the year and your life may bring, we can become measurably and sustainably happier.

My Thoughts:  Unfortunately, we all have the empty belief that certain things will make us happy.
If I'm thinner or as thin as my friend I'm sure I'd be happier.  (I think I've said this a hundred plus times this year.)  Not so!  It's true that happiness is an inside job.
Will Bowen gives us some good advice on page 168, "Further, happy people see negative events as not being personal, pervasive, or permanent."  Happy people are also healthy people as Mr. Bowen points out on page 169.  Interestingly enough it's important to maintain your own health to maintain your happiness.  I know that this may seem contradictory because many people with incurable diseases seem happy but I think that Mr. Bowen is talking about the everyday person.  
Another interesting fact that he brings out is that happy people spend less time watching TV and being on the internet.  *I know this is true!  Our family chose to quit watching TV for six months and we were happier.  Now we only watch TV occasionally.
One sentence sums up this book for me: We make/choose our own happiness.  Yes, we ultimately choose which paths in life we are pursuing so go down your path with happiness and laughter!  
*This book was provided for review by B & B Media*
About the Author:
Will Bowen is an author and speaker who has been featured on/in "Oprah," NBC's "Today Show," ABC's "World News Tonight," CBS "Sunday Morning," "Fox News," "The Wall Street Journal," "Newsweek," "People," "O," "Self," "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and in hundreds of media stories around the world.
His first two books, "A Complaint Free World" (now expanded and updated) and "Complaint Free Relationships" are international best-sellers having sold more than 2 million copies around the world.
A Complaint Free World, the non-profit organization Will founded, has sent more than 10 million Complaint Free bracelets to 106 countries.
Bowen speaks to organizations helping them shift their focus from negative complaining and fault-finding to positive problem-solving leading to happier employees and even happier customers. Clients include:
*The Million Dollar Roundtable's "Top of the Table"
* Volvo Motor Company
* PriceWaterhouseCoopers
* The Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA)
* Pratt & Whitney
* Kimberly Clark
Bowen's newest book, "Happy This Year!" demonstrates the power we have in setting and achieving higher levels of happiness regardless of what life may bring. The book is being packaged with a free Smartphone app allowing the reader to set a happiness level goal and measure his or her progress toward that goal.
The app is called "HappyStat" and is available for Iphone, Android and Kindle at
Web sites:

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Harbor Press; Unabridged edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611098955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611098952

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Harbor Press; Unabridged edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611098955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611098952

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