What You Will Find in Seven Main Chapters:
Chapter 2: Identify Your Character Strengths
This first secret is in many ways one of the most important, and we’ll examine research from Dr. Martin Seligman, the former American Psychological Association President and professor at Pennsylvania State University, who discovered that all individuals possess 24 character strengths. I will introduce you to the seven most important ones— curiosity, zest or passion, love, fairness, forgiveness, hope, and gratitude—providing some of the scientific benefits of these strengths as well as ways that you can increase them in your own life. You will learn how to discover your strongest character strengths, using a free assessment test, so that you can use them in your daily life to create more happiness.
Chapter 3: Create a Positive Mindset
The second secret can have a significant impact on your overall happiness. A positive mindset is a positive mental attitude that encourages you to consistently respond to challenging events in the same positive way. I will explain the difference between an “I am” mindset and an “I can” mindset and how to develop the latter. Developing a positive “I can” mindset requires three things: mindfulness, gratitude, and optimism. I’ll show you in this chapter the secrets to develop more mindfulness, gratitude and optimism.
Chapter 4: Care About Others
One of the most effective ways to feel happier in life is to lovingly help other people. People who care for others are happier because doing service releases oxytocin and dopamine, two hormones that create feelings of happiness and well-being. Even volunteering for two or three hours a week has been found to lower situational depression. I will explain how to perform true acts of service in your daily life that are conducive to more happiness, as well as the requirements that must be met in order for service to bring you joy.
Chapter 5: Build Loving Relationships
Love in our relationships with other people—or with what we do at work, home, or socially—is one of the main pillars for creating happiness. Many scientific studies reveal that friends and relatives represent some of the greatest sources of happiness and well-being for most of us. Love is the root of many other positive emotions, such as joy, gratitude, serenity, and hope, which can lead to happiness. Research has revealed that people who have at least one close relationship and share something together appear to be happier than those “popular” people who have a lot of superficial “friends.” In this case it’s about quality not quantity. I will teach you how to engage in positive communication and how to cultivate strong and fulfilling relationships with others.
Chapter 6: Embody Physical Health
Many of the secrets thus far have focused more on the mental or emotional aspects in your life, but there is an incredibly important connection between the mind and the body and how they influence one another. This chapter will focus on how exercise, nutrition, sunlight, and sleep all contribute to your happiness and prevent depression. Exercise produces endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that elevate our mood, and studies comparing exercise to the use of an antidepressant to treat depression revealed that both were equally successful in decreasing depression. Also, having the right balance of healthy fats in your diet is essential to increasing your happiness, especially Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been an effective treatment in patients with depressive disorders. Adding probiotics to your diet and eliminating sugar can also make your guts and minds happier. Based on studies conducted at Yale-New Haven Hospital, we now know that light also has a dramatic effect on your mood.
Chapter 7: Embrace the Flow
Being in the state of “Flow” generally occurs when you are immersed in an activity that you enjoy, such as zoning out during a run or becoming laser focused while painting. It results in a total loss of self-consciousness, or a complete forgetting of yourself while you are engaged in an absorbing intellectual, professional, artistic, or physical activity. It creates an intense and focused concentration on the present moment and a sense of personal control over the situation or activity with which you are completely involved. I will help you learn how to create flow states in your everyday life by exploring the key approaches and activities around building engagement in life—personally and professionally- which will lead to experiencing more happiness.
Chapter 8: Experience Transcendence
It is a well-known fact that those individuals who believe in something greater than themselves are happier than those who don’t. This chapter will incorporate philosophical tenets that will expand your awareness and knowledge for even more powerful, lasting results. I will explain the difference between ordinary transcendence and extraordinary transcendence—and why the latter can lead to a state of abundant joy. I will teach you how to identify the difference between your “created self” and your “true self” and illuminate the path to finding your true self.
What Is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimum functioning and well-being. It explores what makes us happy and how to utilize that to our advantage so that we can thrive. Positive Psychology differs from traditional psychology in that the focus is on health and not on illness; it uses the present to change the future instead of going back into the past to change the present, as traditional psychology typically does.
Most types of traditional psychotherapies place an emphasis on alleviating suffering through the eradication of symptoms, but the goal of a Positive Psychologist is not simply to address the symptoms but to enhance overall well-being. For example, just because someone no longer feels depressed does not mean that he or she is fully happy.
How You Can Have More Happiness—Now!
Do you want to learn how you can be happier in life and have better physical and mental health, enjoy a better marriage, and have great relationships with your children and friends? Would you like to know how you can enjoy your work, feel more engaged in what you do, and increase your productivity and income?
In my 40 years of practice as a mental health professional, I have helped thousands of people with my program—and thousands more if you include conferences and workshops. My book, The 7 Secrets to a Happier Life, will show you how to achieve all of this and more.
Why This Book Is Different
Most of the happiness books available in the market have been written by researchers and professionals in academia, people who may be highly trained and qualified but who have very little clinical experience with patients or clients. This book is different because Doctor Gomez, in addition to having the scientific training and qualifications to understand and explain all of the research and theories, he also has a solid clinical background in working with patients. Doctor Gomez said: I have spent more than 40 years practicing psychiatry and implementing the very tools and techniques that I will share with you in this book. This experience is invaluable because I have witnessed firsthand the success of these methods in thousands of patients—and now you will receive the same priceless information and professional guidance in this book.
About Jose Gomez, M.D.
- Jose Gomez, M.D. is a Board Certified psychiatrist who has been practicing medicine for more than forty years. He has been a former professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Medical School at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, his native country. He is a distinguished former member of the Royal Society of Medicine in England and a Founding Fellow of the Institute for Coaching at Harvard University, Medical School. He is also a former member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.
- Dr. Gomez has been awarded for seven consecutive years, since 2009, the qualification of one of the top Psychiatrists in America. He is a dynamic motivational speaker, has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX, and has been featured in Newsweek, Forbes, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and in more than 350 American newspapers.