“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

Experiencing ethics

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.

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