Author(s): Timothy Sharp
Strategies for a happy life!
'Happiness is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practised every day ... while misery is simply a few errors of judgement and bad habits repeated every day.'
So begins The Happiness Handbook by respected psychologist and author Dr Timothy Sharp, founder of the Happiness Institute in Australia and author of The Good Sleep Guide. In this engaging book, he shows that happiness is nothing more than a way of thinking and doing; that beliefs lead to actions, which in turn lead to happiness. His strategies are practical and simple and, in his experience with clients, effective.
His work is based on the premise that we can all achieve happiness if we are committed to being happier, believe we can be happier, think about things differently, and do things differently. In his view, beliefs lead to action, and action leads to happiness.
As a result of his experience for over a decade with helping people be happier, Timothy Sharp recognises that we each have our own individual obstacles to happiness. In his work and in this book, he begins with the question, 'What would your life be like if you were really happy?'
From that point he helps the reader develop a happiness plan - a way of setting achievable goals to overcome the notion that our happiness is dependent on other people. He shows us that no-one can make us happy but ourselves.
Dr Sharp believes that we can all increase our levels of happiness by focussing on those areas of our lives over which we have control. He encourages us to:
The Happiness Handbook does not rely solely on conceptual attitudinal change, though. It contains many practical approaches which embed the ideas presented. As well as accounts from the lives of others, there is a 'Happy Ending' story and a 'Happiness Activity' at the end of each chapter.