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Happiness is a Lifestyle

Happiness Is a Lifestyle: Choosing to Make a Positive Change

was written by Christian Psychiatrist Dr Frank Minirth. 

Dr Minirth is president of the Minirth Clinic and the author of more than sixty books, including Love Is a Choice, and Christian Psychiatry.

I believe that happiness is a choice we can choose at any time because we have control over our thoughts. Napoleon Hill wrote that 'thoughts are things' and that God gave humans 100% control over just one thing - their thoughts.

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"I believe we can make choices in life that will help us overcome emotional problems," says Dr. Frank Minirth.

A renowned Christian psychiatrist, Minirth is back with more hope for those in the grip of pressing emotions.

The first step for finding happiness is to realize that powerful choices exist, he says. Determining to make them comes next.

Dr. Minirth brings an encouraging blend of medical, behavioral, and biblical principles to bear on such issues as discouragement, stress, difficult relationships, aging, loneliness, depression, and grief.

Each chapter offers positive, achievable steps to help readers determine how to move past negative emotions. A comprehensive glossary and detailed appendices make this a valuable resource for the hurting and caregiver alike.

Happiness Is a Choice has helped hundreds of thousands of people understand and overcome depression.

Drawing from their professional training, counseling experience, and biblical knowledge, the authors provide expert answers to questions such as: What causes depression? Is there a cure for depression? Why do Christians suffer from depression? and more.

Minirth and Meier explore the complex relationship between spiritual life and psychological health and then spell out basic steps for recovering from depression and maintaining a happy, fulfilling life. Families, pastors, counselors, and anyone struggling to overcome depression will benefit from this book.

Dr. Frank Minirth (Pt. 1 of 26) from psychiatry-live on GodTube.

This book was used as the curriculum for the Support Group on Depression at Heartland A Church Connected. I ran those groups and found the book to be of immense help.

Learn to manage depression in The Freedom from Depression Workbook. Les Carter, Ph.D., and Frank Minirth, M.D., introduces a 12-part interactive program that identifies moods and patterns which affect our feelings. With the help of this book, peel back the layers of what causes depression and learn to develop keys to lasting change.

Another book I read on the topic of Happiness was The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.

Like Barbara Fredrickson's book Positivity Achor gives many scientific examples of how the tendencies of our minds towards positive or negative directly affects our words, emotions and the emotions of people around us.

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken.
Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. 
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work. 
Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines: 

   • The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.
   • The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.
   • Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

Like Dr Minirth, I believe that Happiness Is a Lifestyle. I hope you live your life that way. Purchase and enjoy the book. It is worth the money to purchase it and the time to read it.

Also purchase and read Happiness Is a Choice. The more you know about how to be happy, the more you will likely be happy

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve." What if you read this each time you made a phone call, or texted, or received a call? Imagine the possibilities of auto-suggesting this into your mind hundreds of times per day.

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