How to Be Happy in Spite of Yourself

by Robert Dawson

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/13/2017

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 216
ISBN : 9781504309790
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 216
ISBN : 9781504309783

About the Book

Much has been said about happiness—about what it is and how to get it. Little has been said about how to stay happy. We all share the experience that happiness is hard to achieve and even harder to hold on to. We are not often happy, and when we are we don’t stay happy for long. In contrast, we are often unhappy, and when we are it seems to be enduring. Why?

In How to Be Happy in Spite of Yourself, author Dr. Robert Dawson offers a look at happiness and explains why instinct needs us to be unhappy. It answers the following questions: • What is wrong with me or with others?
• Is something broken that needs to be fixed?
• Is it possible for me to be happy more of the time?
• Can I get better at snapping out of being unhappy?

Dawson details the three-step habit we need to develop to moderate the negative effect of the human survival instinct on the quality of our life. When we realize our instinct is undermining our happiness and see it for what it is—a normal and necessary automatic reaction to life’s challenges—we are on the way to being happy in spite of it.

About the Author

Dr. Robert Dawson graduated with an honor’s degree in psychology from the Australian National University, a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne researching the comparative effectiveness of cognitive and behavior therapies. He is a member of the specialist Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society and has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than forty years. Dawson lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.