Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out
By Marci Shimoff
Marci Shimoff, curious about what determined happiness in people, went in search of 100 people, not an easy task as it turns out.
What she discovered may come as no surprise. Happy before something really good happens, happy after. Happy before something really awful happens, happy after (after time to recover).
So if happiness truly is an “inside job” then how can we shift our “happiness quotient”. Now there’s a question worth asking and though it’s my idea that the answer is a unique and individual answer, Marci’s book may get you thinking about what can help you shift your own current happiness status quo.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
By Gary Chapman
Thank you, thank you Gary Chapman, for writing this book (and all the spinoffs to this book).
Here’s the basic premise of this book. We each have a way that we like to have “love” expressed to us. Maybe we like it when someone really listens to us. Or maybe we like to share activities, quality time, with someone. And that says “love” to us.
But what happens when a person who likes to be listened to, listens to a person who likes to share activities? Then there’s a good chance neither feels loved and both feel their demonstrations of love are discounted or rejected.
It’s not just our partners this can happen with. It happens with our children, parents, co-workers, clients too.
I found this book a real eye opener and I have recommended it many times to clients who want to feel closer to their children or partners. I’ve gotten rave reviews every time.