When did you last give someone a heartfelt compliment? Do you take time to count your blessings? By showing how to reflect on yourself and your surroundings in new ways, Get Happy will help you to reveal the bigger picture. These practical, simple tips will motivate you to find your way to happiness that lingers. The author, psychologist Anthony Gunn, draws on his experience to bring together quotes from international thinkers and inspirational tips to illuminate the path to happiness. A sample from the book: Finding happiness in discomfort If habituation causes us to get used to things quickly, what is the answer to finding lasting happiness? Research shows that variety is the best defence against habituation. A good way to achieve this is by stepping out of comfort zones, such as trying a new sport, meeting new people, going to new places, learning new skills, or furthering your education. Every time you step out of a comfort zone, you're forced to grow as a person. Make yourself the focus of change instead of changing objects around you and watch your happiness soar. 'Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.' Thomas Carlyle. Give a compliment Making someone else happy can make you feel great. Give someone you kw a compliment. Seeing their happiness will be contagious. If they are the type who won't accept compliments and give responses like, Anyone could bake a cake like mine , then you need to get under their guard. A clever way to get past these defences is by passing on a compliment from someone else. For example, Sally was raving about your chocolate cake last night. It's harder to kck back a compliment that way as you're simply the messenger, and they'll often feel more comfortable accepting it. Go on, give a compliment and tice how happy you feel. 'I can live for two months on a good compliment.' Mark Twain
Anthony Gunn is a psychologist who specialises in treating fears and phobias. He regularly speaks to sporting and social clubs, schools and professional institutions about fear and how to deal with it. He has previously published Fear is Power, Raising Confident Happy Children, Walk Tall and Swing High. He lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW, with his family.
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