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What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women's Lives for the Better

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The director of Canyon Ranch's award-winning Life Enhancement Program draws on the latest discoveries in psychology and gender-specific medicine to help all women enjoy richer, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

In this innovative book about what brings women happiness, Dr. Dan Baker focuses on the five traps that can compromise happiness and leave women yearning for a bette
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Rodale Books
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Mar 02, 2009 jellybean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a shallow book that doesn't really bring anything new to the self-help table, despite the "new findings in positive psychology" subtitle. It was as well-researched as a magazine article, and mostly relied on a handful of anecdotes. Basically, if I can sum up the book for you, "Its how you deal with the cards your dealt".

The book trots out some tried and true maxims on having the right attitude and growing old gracefully, all stuff that its worth reminding oneself, however, the positive
Jeanette Johnson
Dec 02, 2011 Jeanette Johnson rated it really liked it
Take home lessons for me included my identity vs. my job; revenge is a car stuck in the mud; if loving someone is +20 and hating someone is -20, it would still take energy to hate someone, so let them go and put them at 0; every decision is an experiment; happy women are never alone because they don't abasing themselves; your brain isn't wires to think both positively and negatively at the same time, so thinking positively at any time automatically makes you a happier person...
Jan 14, 2011 Polka-dot-pin-up rated it it was amazing
Another book my psychologist suggested I read. Very insightful I saw myself in many of these pages and more importantly learned that happiness is something we think we have with every material possession we gain with every kilo we loose or for the more money we gain but true happiness comes within ourselves and being at peace with ourselves and learning to stand on our own two feet and being our own person
Aug 01, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
Reminds me to play to my strengths not wallow in my weaknesses!
May 18, 2012 Patricia rated it did not like it
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Kendra Kettelhut
Jan 09, 2009 Kendra Kettelhut rated it really liked it
When I started this I felt like, I am a pretty happy person, what is this book really going to tell me. Well, even if I felt like a lot of the information was familiar it is always good to have reinforcement. I definitely do not practice all of the things that they recommend... I felt that the book really does a good job of breaking down triggers and traps for what can bring people down and how to avoid these. I think that pretty much any woman could benefit from this book, some more than others ...more
This book displayed the touching life stories of women who have made lemonade out of the lemons that life has handed then. However, the book did not bring any new ground breaking ideas to the table. Instead, it merely stated the obvious: think positive, be proactive, believe in yourself and so on.

The most annoying thing about the book are the underlying values Dr. Baker is pushing to the reader: a woman should have a husband and children and preferably be a stay-at-home mom. Apparently a woman c
Jan 14, 2016 V rated it really liked it
Very good book, to be read and meditated on in small doses. Lots of interesting stories about women who know how to be happy despite having had circumstances which could have affected them otherwise. I especially liked the centenarian section and the ten things happy women know section. A good read for any woman, any age, trying to bring more happiness into her life.
Sukree Boodram
Jun 29, 2014 Sukree Boodram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book focuses on positive psychology of women. It address some of the key issues women face today primarily from the emotional aspect. As a survivor of domestic abuse married to an alcoholic for over 20 years, my self confident and esteem took a big hit. I had to work over the years at many attempts to get back on track...some failed and some successful. This book reinforces the important of not loosing one's independence and the steps we can take to 'find ourselves.' It is well written, eas ...more
Kathy Maggiacomo
Jul 07, 2014 Kathy Maggiacomo rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I think this book can me summed up by reading just the sections that the author writes between two solid lines throughout the chapters. He is nice enough to put them all together in a few pages at the end so definitely read that part. I liked the book because it did have some practical advice but I was a bit bored reading some of the stories he uses to get to the point. Plus, as I was reading it , it just sounds sooooo like a man that I found it funny that he was giving advice about what happy w ...more
I've just started reading this one and like it already. The author is very clear from the get-go that hashing up past hurts does very little to help us live a better life. It's about focusing on good things, retraining our minds to see what is right in our lives instead of hunting for flaws all the time, that will bring about positive change not only for us, but for people around us. I'll review this one more completely when I'm done.

As a psych major, it is refreshing to read a professional dis
Apr 06, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was ok
They know not to read a book about women written by two men.
Deborah Tait
Mar 28, 2008 Deborah Tait rated it really liked it
A book that I think most women would benefit from. It is clear, concise yet not the typical 'self-help' book. It includes stories, though not too deep or long, thank you, that help the reader relate to women around the world who try to be 'perfect'. A great read for the perfectionist woman who needs a little advice on how to love herself more, and therefore find some happiness that may not have yet been acquired in life.
Nicole Vital
Jul 22, 2011 Nicole Vital rated it really liked it
I think this book hits the nail on the head with the struggles that women wrestle with in order to be happy. THis book provided me with the opportunity to look at myself and decide what things I can and could do to make myself happier. This book is perfect especially in the highly negative world we can live in you just need to find the beauty in it!
Jan 12, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Your grass is greenest where you water it.
Aug 06, 2010 Jackson rated it liked it
Some good ideas. I am looking for good ways as shields to protect us when we go back to work. It reminds me of reading diet books, though -- one pretty much knows what to do, it is just the getting down and doing it that is the tough thing.
Jan 30, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. I talks about the things that women believe or have been taught to believe that are wrong and make us unhappy. But it also gives help in how to change that thinking and allow ourselves to be happy.
Feb 24, 2009 Eboni is currently reading it
In the beginning I got it. Now it's pissing me off. I kind of cheated and skipped to chapter 11, and still I'm feeling confusesd. I think it could possibl turn out pretty well...we shall see
Nov 19, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing
This book is a good, solid, clear summary of the basics that make our lives happy and fulfilling. Not groundbreaking, so so what? They have put it together in an accessible volume. I say, thanks!
Dec 11, 2009 Cathy rated it it was amazing
A good scientific read (based on brain research)for why some women are happier than others. Pretty much if you are going to have a pity party for yourself, keep it short!
Dec 20, 2013 Tee rated it it was amazing
Sep 12, 2008 Maria rated it really liked it
I learned about Martin Seligman's grad work at UPENN and how it has contributed to the field of Positive psychology today.
Sep 09, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Another great advice book. He is inspiring without being a "know-it-all". Makes me want to go to the Canyon Ranch.
Crista Colvin
Jun 22, 2013 Crista Colvin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Stephanie Durso and Dina Stella
Somewhat sexist and paternalistic but found myself wanting to continue reading it.
Anita Smith
One of the best books I have ever read.... positive psychology rocks!!!!
Mar 11, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very uplifting in a time when I needed it!
Nikkie Hunt
Feb 04, 2013 Nikkie Hunt rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Opened up my mind and changed my perspective on life!
May 11, 2008 Carol rated it liked it
Some helpful suggestions
Jan 12, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
To my ladies, check it out :)
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