The Path to Transforming What’s in the Way of

Your Happiness

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The Path to Transforming What’s in the Way of Your Happiness booklet (PDF)

Help for Your Journey

Transforming What’s in the Way (PDF) Identifying Emotions (PDF) Changing Deceptive Brain Messages to New Beliefs (PDF) Letting Go (PDF) Dealing with Fear, “What If…” (PDF) Stop Postponing Happiness, “I Would Be Happy If Only…”  (PDF) Transforming Shoulds (PDF)  Making Change Happen (PDF)

Reading List

On Changing Beliefs

Barry Neil Kaufman, Happiness is a Choice, 1977, Fawcett Crest, New York. Barry Neil Kaufman, To Love is to Be Happy With, 1991, Fawcett Columbine, New York. Jeffrey Schwartz, You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life, 2011, Penguin, New York. Byron Katie, Loving What Is, 2002, Harmony Books, New York.  Katie uses a different technique called “the Work” to free people from thoughts that perpetuate our unhappiness, and allows us to love what is, just as it is. Stephan M. Pollan and Mark Levine, It’s All in Your Head: Thinking Your Way to Happiness (The 8 Essential Secrets to Living a Life Without Regrets), 2005, Collins. David D. Burns, M.D., The Feeling Good Handbook: Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life, 1989, William Morrow and Company, Inc. Cheryl Richardson, Take Time for Your Life, 1998, Broadway Books, New York.  A life coach who has written a terrific book that gives lots of practical action steps and links to resources to go with the wisdom. Ray Dodd, BeliefWorks: The Art of Living Your Dream, 2006, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Charlottesville, VA. Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., Clifford N. Lazarus, Allen Fay, M.D., Don’t Believe It For a Minute! Forty Toxic Ideas that are Driving You Crazy, 1993, Impact Publishers, Inc. Arnold A. Lazarus and Clifford N. Lazarus, The 60-Second Shrink: 101 Strategies for Staying Sane in a Crazy World, 2000, Impact Publishers, Inc., Atascadero, CA.

On Happiness in General

Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, 2007, Penguin, New York. Tal Ben-Shahar, Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, 2007, McGraw-Hill, New York. Tal Ben-Shahar, Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life, 2011, McGraw-Hill, New York. Lynda Wallace, A Short Course in Happiness: Practical Steps to a Happier Life, 2013, Three Sixty Five.  Dan Baker, Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth, What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better, 2003, Rodale Press. David G. Myers, The Pursuit of Happiness: Discovering the Pathway to Fulfillment, Well-Being and Enduring Personal Joy, 1992, HarperCollins, New York. The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, 1998, Riverhead Books. Willa A. Young, Happiness Instruction Kit: No Assembly Necessary, 2002, The Williams Group, P.O. Box 3692, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. David Nevin, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It, 2000, Harper, San Francisco, New York.  Nevin’s books (he also published The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People and The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families) are based on psychological research.  Each book offers 2 pages on each “secret” with the advice, an example in story form, and a reference to the research. Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., How Full Is Your Bucket?: Positive Strategies for Work and Life, 2004, Gallup Press, New York. Philip H. Friedman, Ph.D., Creating Well-Being: The Healing Path to Love, Peace, Self-Esteem and Happiness, 1989, R& E Publishers, Inc., Saratoga, CA.

Movies and Videos

On Happiness

Happy and I Am by Tom Shadyac The Economics of Happiness - it is available on YouTube) Pharrell Williams Happy Video

On-Line Resources


The 5 Love Languages - for relationships and communication How Full is Your Bucket - visit the Drop Zone and send someone a personal message Kindspring - visit their portal for kindness where you can read inspirational stories and send smile cards The Daily Good - visit this site where you can read positive news and inspiration from around the world Ted Talks – visit Ted where you can check out: Brené Brown on vulnerability and shame Michael Norton on giving as a path to happiness Shawn Achor on happiness leading to success, not the other way around 

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Molly was honored by the opportunity to

address winter graduates of the School of

Social and Behavioral Sciences at the

University of Arizona on December 19, 2015.

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“The Secret to Success: Choose Happiness!”

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