"Why Being Happy Matters: Discover How the Power of Joy Will Energize Your Life" by Peter Jennings

"Why Being Happy Matters" is a game changer: a compelling book that presents author Peter Jennings showcasing 37 inspirational people from Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia who share what happiness means to them, how it im

"why being happy matters: discover how the power of joy will energize your life"

            “Why Being Happy Matters” presents interviews with people in Canada, the U.S., Asia, Europe and Australia, each of whom reveal to the author what happiness means to them and why it matters. Readers will also meet international Ph.Ds. who are actively studying the science of positive psychology (i.e. happiness), as well as award winning Canadian humourists such as Allan Fotheringham and Arthur Black who share with the author just how important happiness is in their lives.

              This completed manuscript features Peter Jennings in conversation with 37 intriguing individuals from around the world. These include John Robbins, heir of the Baskin Robbins empire (who tells Peter about turning down his inheritance and then losing his life's savings in the Bernie Madoff scandal, but still exhibiting a positive outlook of happy perseverance to life’s reversals); Roko Belic, California-based Oscar-nominated director of the award-winning film “Happy”; Dr. Christine Carter, sociologist and positive psychology specialist at Berkeley University (“Peter, you’re a happiness expert”); Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell (who shared with Peter the joy he gets from working with his buddy former President Jimmy Carter on key environmental issues); Major League Baseball legend Shawn Green; celebrated super-model & businesswoman Monika Schnarre; Time magazine humour columnist Joel Stein; 84 year old Playboy cartoonist Doug Sneyd; Leo Bormans from Belgium, author of the respected "World Book of Happiness"(who explains what lies behind his discussions with global experts); and much more.

               “Happiness is booming!” says Jennings. “Magazines like Live Happy are flourishing and researchers are studying this subject like never before, their findings revealing dramatic truths: people who are happy earn more money, make better decisions, enjoy higher levels of trust, negotiate better, perform better, have more self-confidence and maintain better relationships. And yet, we in North America are doing a poor job of capitalizing on happiness compared to our global counterparts. We need to change this, and in the book I outline ways to do just that.”

            “Why Being Happy Matters” introduces individuals who are confronting the same life challenges all of us do. Some of them are hard-wired “happy campers". Others have to work at getting to their state of joy, often rising from periods of despondency or real-life tragic events. But each has accepted that they have options on how to optimize their lives by choosing to integrate happiness into their daily existence.

            "My goal with Why Being Happy Matters is to inspire readers," says Jennings. “Presenting enlightening discussions with credible individuals who have discovered thesecret to being genuinely happy is so relevant right now in a world that’s straining under unhappy stress. We need to listen to people worldwide from all walks of life, from all socio-economic levels, from varied age groups who refuse to let the world get them down. The common theme that links them: they flourish. They’ve developed the talent and ability to be happy in unhappy times. They've harnessed the power of joy."

            The book also reveals “Seven Steps to Happiness” outlined to Jennings by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar from Israel whose lectures on how to live a happy life have become the largest and most popular classes at Harvard University. “Everyone can become happier,” Ben-Shahar says. “A person who is happy can become happier, and a person who is depressed can become happier. We do hold the power to change our lives.”

            As well, Jennings shares his “Happiness Breakthroughs”, conclusions that he himself came to while compiling the book. Readers will come away with reinforced optimism, recognizing that the key to contentment is powerful. They’ll also discover how to introduce happiness into their own lives or enhance what’s already there.

            “Happiness is an advantage available to all of us,” says the author, an accomplished interviewer based on his TV show "Be My Guest". "But you need to know how to mobilize it. When you do, you’ll find it’s truly a game changer, one that can intensify your life with joy and real contentedness.”

Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / General

Secondary Genre: SELF-HELP / General

Language: English

Keywords: happy, joy, contentment, book, flourish, unhappy, carefree, enlightentment

Word Count: 90,065

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Sample text:

“That’s a very perceptive question,” says John Robbins as he settles in to contemplate the panorama from his idyllic plot of land outside of Santa Cruz, California. Inland from the picturesque beaches and coastal redwood forests that distinguish the area, he is overlooking the orchard he planted years ago together with a vast vegetable garden that he admits “is not reaching its potential: we’ve been distracted by other demands.” He gazes out from the porch of the old abandoned farmhouse that he and his wife Deo renovated. Not surprisingly for an author of books that reflect on the environment, he proudly notes that the building is an eco-home. “We designed it to be passive solar and we generate our electricity from panels on the roof, so our utility bills are virtually nil. I feel grateful to be here.”

I’ve enticed John into this discussion by intriguing him with the subject of happiness. Yet, I have a burning question beyond that boundary that I’m compelled to ask, and he’s agreed to humor me. I’m mindful of Deo’s warning, “Quiet time together has become a rare and precious commodity,” so I tread warily, not wanting to take too much from this generous man’s schedule.

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