You can get happier. And getting there will be the adventure of your lifetime.
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In Build the Life You Want, Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey invite you to begin a journey toward greater happiness no matter how challenging your circumstances. Drawing on cutting-edge science and their years of helping people translate ideas into action, they show you how to improve your life right now instead of waiting for the outside world to change.
With insight, compassion, and hope, Brooks and Winfrey reveal how the tools of emotional self-management can change your life―immediately. They recommend practical, research-based practices to build the four pillars of happiness: family, friendship, work, and faith. And along the way, they share hard-earned wisdom from their own lives and careers as well as the witness of regular people whose lives are joyful despite setbacks and hardship.
Equipped with the tools of emotional self-management and ready to build your four pillars, you can take control of your present and future rather than hoping and waiting for your circumstances to improve. Build the Life You Want is your blueprint for a better life.
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This road map to a happy life will get you where you want to go. Harvard Kennedy School professor Arthur C. Brooks and his co-author, Oprah Winfrey, define happiness as a direction rather than a destination—something you can always keep working at and building upon. Brooks provides clear, scientifically backed tools for how to do just that, while Winfrey uses her trademark insight and wit to illustrate the ideas and make them relatable. It’s a perfect balance. For example, when Brooks explains the psychological concept of metacognition (observing that you’re experiencing negative emotions and giving yourself space to rethink them), Oprah sums it up conversationally: “Your feelings are not driving the bus, you are.” The duo’s enthusiasm for the material is contagious—you’ll want to get started right away. A particularly insightful and pragmatic guide, Build the Life You Want gives you inspiration and information.