As January yields to February, it's perhaps apta month after the usual season for new year introspection and resolutionto visit the subject, and considerably more, in the form of University of California, Riverside, psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky's new book, The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does (Penguin Press). "In this thought-provoking volume, Lyubomirsky examines happiness and conventional notions about how it's nurtured in relationships, at work, and in one's own psyche. Many of these beliefs are damaging myths, she opines: while society leads people to believe that happiness will necessarily accompany the achievement of certain life goalslike marriage or the birth of a childsuch misconceptions can lead to depression when the expected euphoria fails to arrive ... While remaining sympathetic to her readers' pain, Lyubomirsky demonstrates that positively reframing life events can mine the best out of even the darkest situations." - Publishers Weekly.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - January 3rd, 2013