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Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life

by Pamela A Hays American Psychological Association
Pub Date:
10/2013
ISBN:
9781433815737
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$39.99 NZ$43.47
Product Status: In Stock Now
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This book presents scientifically-supported guidance for people who want to replace stress and painful emotions with a sense of well-being and contentment.

With empathy and unfailing good humor, Dr. Pamela Hays outlines a four-step process that has proven successful in her professional clinical psychology practice as well as in her own life. She invites readers to step onto the path of well-being by recognizing their stressors, avoiding negative thought-traps, re-examining their thinking, and taking action wherever possible, using environmental change, better communication skills, social support, and self-care.

Each chapter demonstrates how taking small, manageable steps adds up, over time, to real and permanent change. Packed with tips and tools for self-reflection, this book shows readers how to build well-being from the ground up.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Step One: Stepping Onto the Path of Well-Being

1.Finding Your Path
2.Tapping Your Hidden Strengths
Step Two: Understanding Your Stressors

3.How Stress Hurts
4.The Mind-Body Connection
5.Distinguishing Internal From External Sources of Stress
Step Three: Using Thoughts to Feel Better

6.Thought Traps That Can Block Your Path
7.Countering Negative Thinking
8.Compassion Voice
9.Well-Being Boosters
Step Four: Taking Action

10.The Power of Thought and Action
11.Create a Healthy Environment
12.Learn and Practice Well-Being Behavior
13.Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, and Other Communication Skills
14.Social Engagement, Meaning, and Purpose
15.Self-Care for Staying on the Happy, Healthy Path
Afterword