“A course in happiness” offers tools to assess one’s well-being, and approaches to live a happier, purpose-driven and flourishing life. The book was published in 2011. More than 62,000 copies of the author’s books have been downloaded on Amazon Kindle from January ’12 to April ’12 alone. It has been Top One Rated Overall (fiction and non-fiction) book on Amazon Kindle in April 2012, Top One Rated book for Mental Health since March 2012, and also Top One Rated book for Self-Help since April 2012.
A course in happiness” is different from other well-being books, because it offers a framework which is, at the same time, coherent enough to be easily remembered and implemented, and also flexible enough to be applied in different context and aspects of life. When it comes to research about happiness and meaning, there is a balance to reach between making the topic accessible, and keeping the information accurate. We decided to address this opportunity by using the acronym AmAre to explain what facilitates joyful living, and speaking in terms of degrees of happiness-facilitation when it comes to how external factors influence our well-being.
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“A course in happiness, meaning, motivation, and well-being” has been possible only thanks to you, our readers, and the inspiration given by researchers, meditators, practitioners, etc. who are pioneering this field of human blossoming. We tried to acknowledge as many of you as possible in the book, with mentions in the chapters and appendix. ”
This is the book’s index:
In a nutshell Propaedeutic Experiencing what AmAre means Chapter 1 – Experiencing what AmAre means Part I Aware and Accepting
Experiencing what AmAre means
Assessing current situation
Chapter 2 – Being Aware Chapter 3 – Being Accepting Part II Meaningful and Motivated
Assessing what is meaningful
Taking commitments and starting rituals
Chapter 4 – Being meaningful Chapter 5 – Being motivated Part III Active and Attentive
Keeping track of changes
Chapter 6 – Being Active Chapter 7 – Being Attentive Part IV Resilient and respectful
Enhancing our energy
Building compassion and equanimity
Chapter 8 – Being resilient Chapter 9 – Being respectful Part V Eating and exercising
Positive eating habits
Positive exercising habits
Chapter 10 – Eating properly Chapter 11 – Exercising Part VI Happiness formulas
Measuring the external outcomes of living happily
Chapter 12 – Positive Psychology Chapter 13 – Social SWB Part VII Subjective Well-Being Chapter 14 – Consciousness and Science of happiness Chapter 15 – Shifting paradigms Appendix I Applying AmAre to daily life: some examples Appendix II Overture to future releases Appendix III Inspirations Appendix IV Suggested readings Appendix V People who are making a difference: expressing gratitude Appendix VI Assessing AmAre once more Appendix VI I Putting all together
The first eleven chapters of “A course in happiness, meaning, motivation, and well-being” are based on AmAre, an acronym which as you know stands for “being”:
- Aware and Accepting
- Meaningful and Motivated
- Active and Attentive
- Resilient and Respectful
- Eating properly and Exercising
They also address questions like “Is happiness an inside job? Or does it depend on external factors?” by thinking in terms of degree of facilitation. Some events are like a weight, making harder for people to fly; some are like a lift, facilitating people’s happiness. But, at the end of day, considering even the way human beings discern between weights and lifts is subjective (same event can be considered in various ways, and especially with different degrees of effect, by different people), happiness is about attitudes, it is not a place to reach through external factors. Enjoying the life from moment to moment is beneficial, getting attached to what gives pleasure is not. Pain happens, suffering is optional; change happens, growth is subjective; it is up to each person to decide which direction is taken.
Two other chapters are devoted to measuring the external outcomes of living happily, both on a personal and social level. The last two chapters are showing the connection between Consciousness and Science of happiness, and how to start Shifting paradigms to facilitate our joyful living.
The Appendix offers examples of how AmAre can be applied to several aspects of daily life (relationships, peace, parenting, etc.), an Overture to future releases, short Inspirations, a list of Suggested readings, a final assessment of the personal AmAre index and a wrap-up to put all together with an action plan.