A Course in Happiness
Mastering the 3 Levels of Self-understanding That Lead to True and Lasting ContentmentBook - 2009
'Wise counsel from one of America's most respected psychiatrists.' -Irvin Yalom, author of Staring at the Sun and When Nietzsche Wept , Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University
For many, getting in touch with that elusive thing called 'happiness' is rarely simple-and achieving any kind of lasting happiness can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Perhaps what we need is an education on the subject . . . A Course in Happiness . In this book, Mardi Horowitz draws on more than forty years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist to provide readers with just this.
According to Dr. Horowitz, happiness is essentially a by-product of self-knowledge; in order to be happy, we need to understand who we truly are. In A Course in Happiness , he details a deeply rewarding course in mastering the three levels of self-understanding that underlie happiness-
Integration - the ability to assemble all the pieces of one's self into a whole, complete, understood, and respected 'me.'
Intimacy - the capacity to remain closely connected to the warmth of relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and others in a social community.
Integrity - the insight to know which of one's values are most dear and which are lower in priority-and then to be true to what is the most important, even in the midst of conflict.
A Course in Happiness offers a road map for achieving genuine and lasting contentment.