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We are all, in one form or another, chasing happiness. The Wellness Myth is the belief that the way we feel on our best days can be prolonged in perpetuity, provided we find the secret to unlocking true happiness. We buy toys, marry partners, pursue jobs, and run races, at least in part to live happy lives, and yet its elusive nature continues to defy us. We can clearly di We are all, in one form or another, chasing happiness. The Wellness Myth is the belief that the way we feel on our best days can be prolonged in perpetuity, provided we find the secret to unlocking true happiness. We buy toys, marry partners, pursue jobs, and run races, at least in part to live happy lives, and yet its elusive nature continues to defy us. We can clearly distinguish the emotional highs from the rest of our lives, but seem unable to extend them. The Wellness Myth seeks to provide the reader with an unequivocal clarity about happiness. It makes an important distinction between Baseline (your long term happiness) and Happiness (the momentary experience) and explains why they are different, how they helped you survive, and ultimately how you can work within your own limitations to make the most of both of them. Heavily researched and up to the minute, this book illuminates truths behind myths and the myths behind truths. Along the way, the reader will learn a bit about the world, about their own physiology, and the how and why behind what we feel.


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We are all, in one form or another, chasing happiness. The Wellness Myth is the belief that the way we feel on our best days can be prolonged in perpetuity, provided we find the secret to unlocking true happiness. We buy toys, marry partners, pursue jobs, and run races, at least in part to live happy lives, and yet its elusive nature continues to defy us. We can clearly di We are all, in one form or another, chasing happiness. The Wellness Myth is the belief that the way we feel on our best days can be prolonged in perpetuity, provided we find the secret to unlocking true happiness. We buy toys, marry partners, pursue jobs, and run races, at least in part to live happy lives, and yet its elusive nature continues to defy us. We can clearly distinguish the emotional highs from the rest of our lives, but seem unable to extend them. The Wellness Myth seeks to provide the reader with an unequivocal clarity about happiness. It makes an important distinction between Baseline (your long term happiness) and Happiness (the momentary experience) and explains why they are different, how they helped you survive, and ultimately how you can work within your own limitations to make the most of both of them. Heavily researched and up to the minute, this book illuminates truths behind myths and the myths behind truths. Along the way, the reader will learn a bit about the world, about their own physiology, and the how and why behind what we feel.

33 review for The Wellness Myth: The Truth About Happiness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Guthrie

    Just wanted to get this on my shelf...and of course I liked it (being the author). Other opinions may vary! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vitaly Vedmedenko

    There are hundreds of books on well-being, personal development, self-improvement, and happiness, and one should not be surprised. A pursuit of happiness is as old as humans themselves; it is the ultimate drive that takes us on challenging and obscure paths of self-inflicting psychological and physical struggles that the ambitious of us willingly undertake to become happy. I read several books on this topic but The Wellness Myth: The Truth About Happiness (The Wellness Myth) takes a special plac There are hundreds of books on well-being, personal development, self-improvement, and happiness, and one should not be surprised. A pursuit of happiness is as old as humans themselves; it is the ultimate drive that takes us on challenging and obscure paths of self-inflicting psychological and physical struggles that the ambitious of us willingly undertake to become happy. I read several books on this topic but The Wellness Myth: The Truth About Happiness (The Wellness Myth) takes a special place on my bookshelf for several reasons. The Wellness Myth excels in one very crucial area. It manages to very clearly explain the concept of our emotional climate or Baseline versus momentary euphoria or Happiness that is compared by the author to ever-changing weather (sunny, calm, and pleasant versus overcast, rain, storm, and sunny again). The book looks into such critical aspects of our lives that influence these two concepts as money, education, family, children, community, age, relationships, and others. It also provides many very practical recommendations to make most of our personal Baselines, ways to cope with short-term “bad weather”, and achieve more moments of happiness. It is my pleasure to know the author personally. Rick is an outdoor enthusiast, avid photographer, and a supportive and loving husband with an excellent attitude to life. He is also a well-achieved scientist and as such, he supports his claims through in-depth research and multiple references that give credibility to his propositions and solidify his book. The book provides numerous excellent quotations and thought-provoking ideas. Some of them got my wife and I debating several times. Some, like “Nobody achieves anything great in the word by being happy and cozy” (Alex Honnold) got me in trouble with my 20-year old daughter ;). Personally, for me The Wellness Myth became a very convincing reminder to appreciate all the reasons for how happy and fortunate I am to have my exceptional family, outstanding friends, exciting work, and life in Canada. I strongly recommend this book. You will find it worth your time especially in the spring of 2020 when happiness seems to be a rare commodity around the globe. Things will improve and good reads like The Wellness Myth will help us weather this storm, remain well, and stay positive. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness” (John Steinbeck); yet another excellent quotation provided in The Wellness Myth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    An excellent book: easy to read, well researched, succinct. I really like that it’s relatable on a personal level but also a professional one - we’re always thinking of the social determinants of health in my field, and it’s easy to relate the idea of baseline wellness to them. Kudos on a great book!

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