Choosing Happiness: Life & Soul Essentials

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Choosing Happiness: Life & Soul Essentials

No. 1 Australian bestseller

Winner of the 2009 Nautilus Award represents “Better Books for a Better World”—the Silver Award in the category of Psychology and Personal Growth.

Happiness, or its absence, is not always a choice. Nonetheless, there are countless ways in which we can enhance our emotional wellbeing, our resilience, courage and joy, through noticing what is working well in our lives – and what is not. And then, taking charge of our choices. The obstacles to wellbeing that we do not transform, we will live out. This is Stephanie Dowrick’s most practical book, well-loved and well-used by readers of all ages who wish to truly cherish and value their gift of life – and the lives of those around them.

“Profound and practical [from] Australia’s foremost self-help author…A beautiful book that distils ways to change how you think about yourself and others to live a happy life.” Sunday Telegraph

“Part self-affirmation, part cognitive psychology and part meditation on the power of generosity, this is a thoughtful and sincere guide for those seeking to find happiness.” Publishers Weekly (USA)

“Written with lightness and elegance, a modern bible for the soul.” The Age, Melbourne

“In an era of inauthenticity, Dowrick is a godsend. Her gift is the ability to write in a manner that genuinely enriches and changes lives. Choosing Happiness is a glorious book – both in intent and in scope. In many ways it is the only book you need ever buy on happiness. Not only is it a wise and enjoyable read it is also an invaluable reference book to return to again and again.” Nigel Marsh, CEO and author of Fat, Forty & Fired

Choosing Happiness is a companion for the happy and not-so-happy times in your life when you need inspiration and comfort and a reminder of the fundamental essentials required to make a difference in how we experience our lives and how we affect the lives of others – a remarkable book” Pink (UK)

“Every page offers incredible insights…. If you crave to live your life in a more powerful, proactive and positive way, this is the book is for you.” Health and Fitness (UK)

Published by Allen & Unwin, Sydney; PenguinRandomHouse, New York. Print edition, e-book and audio available.


Choosing Happiness: Life & Soul Essentials

ISBN: 9781741750409

Allen & Unwin 2006

No. 1 Australian bestseller

SIlver Award Winner, Nautilus Awards (USA), 2009

“Written with lightness and elegance, a modern bible for the soul.” The Age, Melbourne

“Stephanie Dowrick makes the hard questions simple; she makes the impossible real and possible. Her wisdom is contagious.  If anyone can cause a happiness revolution, she can.”

“In an era of inauthenticity, Dowrick is a godsend. Her gift is the ability to write in a manner that genuinely enriches and changes lives. Choosing Happiness is a glorious book – both in intent and in scope. In many ways it is the only book you need ever buy on happiness. Not only is it a wise and enjoyable read it is also an invaluable reference book to return to again and again.” Nigel Marsh, CEO and author of Fat, Forty & Fired

“Profound and practical [from] Australia’s foremost self-help author…A beautiful book that distils ways to change how you think about yourself and others to live a happy life.” Sunday Telegraph

“Choosing Happiness is a companion for the happy and not-so-happy times in your life when you need inspiration and comfort and a reminder of the fundamental essentials required to make a difference in how we experience our lives and how we affect the lives of others – remarkable book” Pink (UK)

“Every page offers incredible insights….If you crave to live
your life in a more powerful, proactive and positive way, this is the book
for you.” Health and Fitness (UK)

“Part self-affirmation, part cognitive psychology and part meditation on the power of generosity, this is a thoughtful and sincere guide for those seeking to find happiness” Publishers Weekly (USA)


Choosing Happiness: Life & Soul Essentials

ISBN: 174114521X

Allen & Unwin 2005

The message of this book is very simple – you can be happier. You can also be a source of happiness, encouragement and support for other people. Understanding that your happiness largely depends on your outlook on life, your inner values and resilience, and on the way you regard and treat other people, you can take charge of your large and small decisions in new and highly effective ways.

This is essential emotional wisdom, supporting self-esteem, insight and respectful, joyful relationships, for a wide range of twenty-first century readers from younger adults to the most experienced.