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Dan Baker, head of the Life Enrichment Program at Canyon Ranch, presents a useful informational guide to what he believes ‘happy people know’ . The book is based on six major happiness tools that people use: appreciation, choice, personal power, leading with your strengths, language and stories, and multidimensional living. Baker provides an insightful examination into each of these tools, and along the way helps the reader understand the traps that many fall into when seeking happiness (for example money, social status, possessions). Through the power of appreciation, the author seeks to show how we can drive back fear, which is the ultimate road-block to a happy endeavor. Instead of dwelling on your negatives and what you are doing wrong, heighten awareness of what you are doing right and emphasizing these strengths , according to Baker. “Nothing succeeds like success”; this book sheds valuable light on what it takes to achieve this sort of success – a must read.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.