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What Happy People Know

How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better

by (author) Dan Baker Ph.D.

Rodale Books
Initial publish date
Dec 2002
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    Dec 2002
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What Happy People Know
Dr. Dan Baker, director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, has devoted his life to teaching people how to be happy. And apparently, most of us could use a little tutoring.
Research has shown that the root of unhappiness--fear--lies in the oldest, reptilian part of our brains, and negative reactions are often dictated by primal instincts. We’re literally “hardwired for hard times.”
In What Happy People Know, Dr. Baker uses evidence from the new science of happiness to show us how we can overcome this genetic predisposition toward negative reactions and lead a truly rich, happy, and healthy life.
Maybe you’re wishing for more--more money, more friends, more status--thinking that “more” itself will insulate you from fear, making you feel safer and therefore happier. But Dr. Baker’s clinics have been filled with VIPs who are just as unhappy as the next guy--some even more so.
In What Happy People Know, Dr. Baker shares the program that has revolutionized the lives of countless unhappy people, VIPs and regular Joes and Janes alike. First, you’ll learn the only two issues that ever cause unhappiness and devise your plan to overcome both of them. Then, Dr. Baker teaches you how to spot the happiness traps, the five doomed ways we try to make ourselves happy, only to dig ourselves further into misery. Finally, he shares his happiness tools, the six simple skills that, when practiced consistently, will inevitably lead to greater optimism, courage, good humor, and fulfillment--in short, to happiness.

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Contributor Notes

Dan Baker, Ph.D., was one of the original developers of Canyon Ranch and has been director of the award-winning Life Enhancement Program for 15 years. He was founding director of the behavioral medicine department at Canyon Ranch.
Cameron Stauthis the author of 14 books, including several bestsellers, and has been published in nine languages.