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Happiness is not just a feeling we happen upon, but a skill set we can develop.
Hardcover, 1, 57 pages
Published 2014 by Deseret Book (first published November 19th 2013)
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Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book contains so many great, applicable insights on how to live happier, whatever your circumstances. I loved the humor and lightheartedness that permeated the book. It's extremely short and very easy to read--another bonus!

My favorite insights were:

"God wants us to magnify our gifts--as opposed to magnifying our inadequacies."

"People, including children, don't turn happiness on or off as an act of will... But there is a positive emotion we can access readily, which in turn will increase ou
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
There aren't really any new ideas here, but there a few reminders to focus on our strengths, move (don't just think about moving), be a friend, celebrate failure and growth, be grateful, look for good. Those are some things that lead to happiness.

Here are a few quotes I liked:

"We don't get happiness by just deciding to be happy. We don't even get happiness by pursuing it directly. Happiness results when we get on the right path--a path of living in accordance with our highest ideals (p. 1)."

Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Habits of Happiness is a quick one sitting read.  It's from a talk that was given by Wendy Ulrich at Time Out for Women that has been turned into a "gift" book. I loved it!

Such a great message is packed into this 64 page book.

The 7 Habits appear counter-intuitive when you first glance at them but as you read through the book you learn that they are spot on.

~Stop worrying about your weaknesses.
~Don’t even try to get motivated to exercise.
~Stop hoping to find friends.
~Don’t try to be happy.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a short little booklet really, but packed with some great, concise ideas on how to achieve greater happiness. I have started trying to implement some of her suggestions and can already see how these practices will bless my life. I have yet to read anything by Wendy Ulrich that I don't feel better for having read. She is inspirational. ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A cute little book, but don't let it fool you. There is lots of wisdom in these pages. I'm a Wendy Ulrich fan. "Happiness is not just a feeling we happen upon, but a skill set we can develop." So empowering. :) I'd recommend this book to everyone. ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fast, easy read! It has so many wonderful tips, and advice! I love the positive thoughts, ideas, and studies shown through the book! I have only been implementing the ideas for a short time now, and I am already seeing a huge difference in my life and thoughts!! I highly recommend this book to people looking to change their lives for the better. It does have religious topics mentioned throughout it, however this book can apply to anyone regardless of religion.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a short and sweet book about the pursuit of happiness from the author to her grandchildren. I want to get a copy for each of my children. Each chapter pertains to an aspect of happiness- gratitude, using strengths to serve, be a friend, reframe "failure" as "a great teacher," etc. Each chapter gives thoughtful questions and prompts to dig a little deeper and really develop happiness habits. ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the advice she gave and I was able to implement 1-2 of the pointers she gave. For instance, if you struggle with motivation break the task into smaller pieces by first “doing the smallest thing you can get yourself to do that moves you vaguely in the right direction.” Start there then add onto that. I would love to read more of her works.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick read, yet packed with wonderful insights. An Easy read in one sitting yet it would also be good to take one chapter and practice the skill for a week or 2 before moving on. I own a copy and would give this book as a gift. I loved it.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick read. It’s a Time Out for Women classic. Wendy presents seven things we can consider if trying to find more happiness in our lives. Nothing brand new here, but her presentation makes each thing very approachable and attractive. Good reminders.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Book! Very Quick Read & Very Inspirational!
Ellie Robison
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short and perfect. Although it has traditional habits of happiness, it twists them on their head to make them interesting and more attainable. It makes me want to live life to its very fullest.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sound, practical, real advice. Great perspective and insights. Real. Love when the author is relatable and authentic. Great tips to apply. This book was much needed for me—right now and today.
Jan Ostler
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book.
David Wheeling
Good tips, but very short and not worth $6 (maybe $1-2).
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a generally happy person but this book, a quick easy read, gave me some suggestions for bringing even more happiness into my life. :-) ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the ideas and anecdotes in this book and plan to revisit it in the future.
Some good reminders of how to be
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-hardback
This book completely changed my way of looking at things! It pretty much takes everything we’ve ever thought about finding happiness and flips it around so that a new perspective is possible. For many of us, we can find point zero (where we are surviving, but not thriving), but pushing past point zero to happiness is difficult. Wendy is a PHD Psychologist suggests “if you want to get happier, don’t try to get help with your problems. Don’t turn to therapy for answers..”

Wait, what?!! Here’s her a
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
This is a short book but it packs a powerful punch! Habits of Happiness is an easy to read book that anyone, even the busiest of people can find time to read. Ulrich speaks in a straight forward and easy to understand manner. She helps the reader see how changing small things in your life, even just changing the way you think about certain things, can make you happier. There are exercises throughout the book so you can evaluate yourself in certain areas. The chapter about recognizing your streng ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is INCREDIBLE!

Things I would NEVER think of doing to increase happiness

Here is her list:

*Don’t worry about your weaknesses
*Don’t try to get motivated to exercise
*Stop hoping to find friends
*Don’t try to be happy
*Celebrate failures
*Don’t try to get help with your problems
*Don’t endure to the end

The information about this list and the things Wendy includes I believe to be TRUE!

It just makes SO MUCH SENSE!

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Allow the feeling of gratitude to surround your problems
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short little book, actually a talk or long essay. I liked that happiness was approached from the opposite standpoint than what we usually hear; what not to do. Then the author turns her thoughts around to state them positively. "Stop worrying about your weaknesses " becomes "Put most of your energy into contributing to the world from your strengths."
"Don't try to get motivated to exercise" becomes "Despite your utter lack of motivation, start by doing the smallest thing you can get yourself to d
Amy Halbern
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently heard Wendy speak at Time out for women. I really liked her talk, she is the no nonsense kind of lady! She doesn't sugar coat things and just says it how it is... I really liked this book for the same reasons. Sometimes when we are searching for happiness we are going about it in the wrong way. I like how Wendy helps us see that in these simple words in Habits of Happiness. I also like how she helps us see different perspective of being happy and what true happiness really is for each ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Wendy Ulrich! This is a small book (about 50 pages), easy to read. I love her insight and the practical approach she has to life. What she shares makes sense, and she gives small exercises for each step/habit that makes it easy to apply the lesson. Looking forward to reading this over and over again.
alisonwonderland (Alison)
Four and a half stars! For a very short read, this book is chock full of useful insights and suggestions for increasing the amount of happiness in one's life.

I need to now go back through Ulrich's points, one by one, and see what I ought to be incorporating into my personal happiness project.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wendy Ulrich is a therapist and she has some good ideas and advice for how to be happier. A lot of it had to do with being grateful for our blessings and serving others. These things truly do make us happy. This is a very quick read, but it's a good book to go back through from time to time and reflect on. There are even places where you can write down your own thoughts in the book. ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
The ideas in this book are not new are earth shattering, but they are a great reminder there are small and simple things we can do every day to make our lives happier. This book is tiny, but full of humor and inspiration.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I loved this little book! It explores 7 steps to happiness that, trust me, you aren't expecting. Such small steps we can make in life that can change us for the better! While reading this I just kept wanting everyone I know to also read it because those 7 steps are just that exciting! ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Wendy Ulrich. This was a great little book about a few simple things we can do to achieve the state of happiness.
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: moauthor, inspire-me
So good! Wendy Ulrich uses her therapist background to guide readers to the ultimate goal of happiness! Loved it!
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Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., was a psychologist in private practice for over fifteen years in Michigan before joining her husband to serve when he was called as president of the Canada Montreal Mission in 2002. They now live in Alpine, Utah, where she founded Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, LLC, offering seminar retreats on forgiveness, abundant life, loss, spirituality, and personal growth (visit www.s ...more

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