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The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does [Anglais] [Broché]

Sonja Lyubomirsky
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28 janvier 2014
The bestselling author of The How of Happiness reveals how to find opportunity in life’s thorniest moments
 
Focusing on life’s biggest, messiest moments, Sonja Lyubomirsky provides readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life. Lyubomirsky argues that we have been given false promises—myths that assure us that lifelong happiness will be attained once we hit the culturally confirmed markers of adult success. This black-and-white vision of happiness works to discourage us from recognizing the upside of any negative and limits our potential for personal growth. A corrective course on happiness and a call to regard life’s twists and turns with a more open mind, The Myths of Happiness shares practical lessons that prove we are more adaptable than we think we are. It empowers readers to look beyond their first response, sharing scientific evidence that often it is our mindset—not our circumstances—that matters most.

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Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of The How of Happiness and, most recently, The Myths of Happiness. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Books (28 janvier 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 014312451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143124511
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,1 x 13,7 x 2,3 cm
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En 1978, Brickman et ses collègues ont publié une étude qui a fait date dans l'histoire de la psychologie. Ils ont étudié des gagnants à la loterie et des personnes ayant eu un accident provoquant l'hémiplégie. Ils ont trouvé que les deux groupes s'habituaient assez vite, après une première phase d'euphorie ou de déprime, et retrouvaient au bout de quelques mois le niveau de bien-être d'avant l'évènement. Ainsi fut lancé un courant de recherche très fructueux sur le bien-être et le bonheur, dont Sonja Lyubomirsky nous présente les résultats les plus intéressants pour la vie quotidienne. Ce qui rend ce livre le plus précieux, c'est qu'il ne résulte pas, comme nombre d'ouvrages similaires, des spéculations ou des expériences limitées de l'auteur, mais que chaque affirmation est basée sur des études scientifiques réalisées sur un grand nombre de sujets. Beaucoup de mythes qui ont pourtant la vie dure sont systématiquement réfutés : l'idée qu'on sera heureux si ... (on trouve l'amour de sa vie, on gagne plus d'argent, on aura une plus grande maison, etc.). Mais aussi les conseils pratiques et réalistes pour garder un bon niveau de bien-être, malgré "l'habituation hédonique" et les aléas de l'existence. A recommander, un style très clair et très précis, pas de complication inutile. A mettre entre toutes les mains. Existe aussi en une bonne traduction française: Qu'est-ce qui nous rend vraiment heureux ?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Happiness 21 février 2013
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Her research appears sound.
A good read especially for anyone who is having difficulty moving out of his or her "comfort zone".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Happiness: so simple, yet so complicated ... 4 février 2013
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"While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been."
¯ Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Happiness, that eternal yet elusive goal of man, is indeed full of paradoxes as many writers have eloquently noted. In an increasingly crowded field of books on happiness and positive psychology where it is getting more and more difficult to say something original and meaningful, I feel the author has made a very worthwhile contribution. She considers some of the universal assumptions about happiness and explores, analyzes, and reframes them to show us how very naive, thoughtless, and just plain wrong is our thinking about what "makes us" happy.

These assumptions - the "Myths of Happiness" as her title defines them - include cliches almost all of us never pause to doubt, ideas such as the idea that we can't be happy without a wonderful marriage, we can't be happy unless we have children, we can't be happy because we don't have enough money, we can't be happy because we're not as young as we used to be, we can't be happy if we have health problems, and a few other common beliefs. It turns out that people find a way to be happy in spite of unwanted life circumstances, and many people who are blessed by wealth and good fortune aren't any happier that those who lack these fortunes.

The unifying theme in dealing with all of these happiness myths seems to be what psychologists call "cognitive flexibility" or "cognitive reframing", that is, some mental flexibility, creativity, perseverance, and originality that allows people to discover all kinds of alternative paths to a rich, enjoyable, successful, and meaningful life even if we find ourselves without wealth, youth, perfect health, or a passionate romantic partner. Bottom line: Lyubomirsky convinced me that, even if we don't get what we want in life, we can still achieve that elusive state of living variously known as contentment, fulfillment, satisfaction, or happiness.

The author's writing style is fast-paced, wryly funny, and unpretentious. And, her knowledge of the field is encyclopedic, with over 400 references to studies in human happiness, enjoyably explained, to support her deconstruction of the myths of happiness.

I think the measure of a good psychology book is one that really makes you think about your own life differently, and this one gave me several such moments. Nearly 30 years ago as a medical student I had to cancel a planned "externship" at the prestigious Yale University Hospital on very short notice in order to be available to support my then girlfriend through a family loss. Having invested years of sweat and toil in my career and revering the Ivy League as the pinnacle of success, I went into a state of mini-despair as I reluctantly signed up for a mundane, "regular" assignment closer to home. I imagined my entire future success as a medical doctor had just taken a permanent turn for the worse. As it turned out, I was teamed up with an awesome team of residents and attending physicians, learned so much that I still use the knowledge acquired in that un-glamorous assignment in the management of patients, and years later was, nonetheless, still offered a prestigious fellowship at Yale. What's more, I turned it down, having by then a much better idea of the kinds of things that actually would make me happy. This memory is a pefect example of the author's main idea, expressed in the book's subtitle: "what should make you happy but doesn't, what shouldn't make you happy but does." Ultimately, I think nothing extrinsic "makes us" happy, but rather that we must decide internally to experience life as an interesting, challenging, exciting adventure, and with that inner resolve, we will find opportunities to experience a range of emotions and experiences ultimately amounting to a meaningful and happy life.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Good attempt, but book fell short 8 mars 2013
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I was excited to start reading this book, but that quickly changed.

I was expecting newest research with potentially life-changing implications, but while the book contained references to many studies, the conclusions and research findings were not really new to me(I keep updated with Psychology Today and other sources)

Her writing style was good, but became very repetitive. The chapters' introductions are lengthy and add no real value. In addition, the chapters' summaries (called "The prepared mind") have turned out to be a huge third repeat of the same ideas, worth nothing, only more 'fluff' (to make the book longer?)

Some of her practical solutions were completely absurd, in my opinion. Example: How to appreciate your current job more: If you previosuly worked night shift, you should stay up some nights to try to remember how that feels. Lol. She offers more "practical" solutions of this kind in the book. Frustrated with parenting? When you're old you'll have fond memories, so just think of 50 years from now, how great life will be then. Hahaha! Diagnosed with terminal cancer? Just think of yourself as a three legged table, which is actually stronger than a four legged one. I know, I am simplyfying, but the ideas, examples and anecdotes she uses are NOT life-altering, they are interesting, at best, and more often than not, just silly.

To be honest, I felt like in order for any of us to be happy, we have to constantly keep "brainwashing" ourselves back into the past. Look at old pictures of your vacations, you'll feel happier. Remember that horrible boss you once had, but now you're free of him, so be happy. Her suggestions felt 'plastic', inorganic, fake, inauthentic, forced or some type of "let's pretend" game. Sometimes I felt that my intelligence was insulted.

However, not everything in this book was bad. It was truly a mix of some good and some awful ideas. Every reader should keep in mind that she tends to inject some of her own life philosophy into her conculsions.

The section worth reading is the one on marriage and long term relationships. I feel like most people are not aware of how over time our relationships change and we get bored. I liked the reminder that we have to constantly work on our relationships, and here her suggestions, although not original by any stretch, were useful and adequate.

Also worth your attention - the suggestions on NOT comparing yourself to others. I felt that she could have incorporated the role of social media here, such as Facebook, which leads to constant comparing yourself to others. The author could have included lots of practical examples here, but fell short.

Overall, a poor C+. Aside from a few little things here and there, I did not learn much.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good but missing more examples 1 avril 2013
Par Karenlovestoread - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved this book. The organization and writing was well executed. The only part missing for me would have been more case examples. Whether it is to peer into the lives of others for comparative or voyueristic reasons, we learn from others mistakes. I wish there had been more stories of people realizing their lack of happiness and how they changed their perception of happiness.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 acute insights + lots of common sense 11 février 2013
Par stanley goldstein, NY Hedge Fund Roundtable - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Large portions of common sense combined with several acute insights based on wide-ranging research helps the reader gain inner satisfaction and increased optimism in this second book by the author. Ms. Lyubomirsky first work, "The How of Happiness" was a useful addition to the literature of happiness and optimism created by such innovators as Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "Myths" is a major advance in its gravitas and specificity.

Few writers have tackled such subjects as loving children but not motherhood, the reasons that single people will be happier if they focus on becoming "your best possible single self" and how to spend money on need-satisfying goals. There are also some fine tips such as creating an autobiographical coherence, writing experiences as a means of relief and realizing that the results of life events are not knowable; what we think of as a calamity might well not be and vice-versa. All in all this is a practical guide which will achieve its goal in a large percentage of its readers.

The author, a Professor of Psychology at UCRiverside fully achieves her purpose. This is a step up in self-help books.

Stanley Goldstein
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Happiness Myths Revealed 6 mars 2013
Par bronx book nerd - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals how certain happiness myths in our culture can keep us from getting more out of life. She also explains how to counteract these myths. Each myth is covered in the general context of "I'll be happy when ___", such as "I'll be happy when I meet the right person". For each topic she proceeds to explain why this is wrong, backing up her claims with studies, surveys, etc, sometimes using experiments of her own. For example, single people can be very happy, so long as they create a strong social network and have meaningful pursuits. People who are in strained marriages have two options: first, the data and studies show that someone can improve their marriage by doing certain things like engaging in new activities, for example. Each chapter, including ones on aging, health, money and work, for example, is filled with this type of practical advice, which makes the book eminently useful.
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