The authors of this book set out to find the answer to the question - who is happy and how did they get that way? This was to take them on a journey that introduced them to happy people of various ages, backgrounds and walks of life. They met the corporate manager in Seattle balancing career and family, the retired doctor and holocaust survivor living in Amsterdam, a cafeteria worker struggling to make ends meet, a woman battling breast cancer. What traits did these happy people share? What contributed to their contentment and what could be learned from them? Now with a collection of compelling personal narratives and careful research, the authors offer an outline of the nine choices that happy people consistently make - and explain how such joy-producing principles as intention, accountability, appreciation and truthfulness can be applied in our daily lives. Also included are tools for self-assessment to allow all of us to measure our happiness - and to find out what might be holding us back from having more of it. Insightful, intimate and inspiring, How We Choose To Be Happy lets us learn by example - and take substantial steps toward joining the ranks of the extremely happy.
Rick Foster and Greg Hicks are professional training consultants with a specialty in developing interpersonal skills. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, they conduct workshops and seminars throughout the United States and internationally, in public, private, and corporate forums, including in such major venues as Hewlett Packard, Toyota America, U.C. Berkeley, and UCLA.