Are You Happy Now?
A powerful combination of the spiritual and the psychological, leading you to happiness now.
What is preventing you from being happy now?
Is it your partner, your health, your job, your financial situation or your weight? Or is it all the things you think you “should” do? Barbara Berger takes a look at all the things we think and do that prevent us from living happy lives now.
The book’s basic premise is that our thoughts determine our experience of reality—and understanding this is the key to living a happy life. This is a revolutionary way of looking at life because most people believe that outer conditions are the reason why they are unhappy. But if outer conditions are not the cause—what is?
Berger presents 10 practical ways to use this understanding in your daily life, your relationships, at work and for your health. And she gives examples from her own dramatic life since leaving America at the young age of 18 in protest against the Vietnam War and settling in Scandinavia to her lifelong exploration of the power of mind and the nature of consciousness.
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Barbara Berger has a knack for touching the sweet spot of personal empowerment. The title of her most recent book, “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life”, is the heart of inner dialogue that every human being has at some time in their life. Am I happy? Am I happy now? What can I do to be a happier person, to make my life easier, or sweeter? What would it take to become a happier person? The number one cause of suffering and unhappiness, says Berger, is wanting life to be something it’s not; followed by number two, which is not wanting what you have. We can all relate to this because, of course, she’s right. There isn’t a single person who hasn’t at some time wanted their life to be something else—something better. Understanding that it is our thoughts that determine our reality is key to living a happy life, but shifting the way we think and perceive is not always the easiest thing to do. Fortunately, Berger shows how, with simple adjustments in our thinking, we can make our experience of life easier—and happier. With her trademark easy-to-understand writing, self-disclosure, and practical takeaways, this book provides real-time insight and guidance for peering into our own happiness quotient and changing our view of life. http://www.ncreview.com/self-help/are-you-happy-now-10-ways-to-live-a-happy-life ~ Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review
I wasn’t expecting Barbara Berger’s Are You Happy Now? to change me much, because I am already a happy person. I picked it up mostly because I have friends who could be happier, and I thought I might glean some tips to help them. Was I in for a surprise! When the book arrived in the mail, I was on my way out to a hair appointment, so I tucked it in my handbag and went. Upon my arrival, the receptionist told me that my hair colorist was running 20 minutes late. This was bad news! I didn’t like it that my personal schedule was being thrown off or that I’d have to pay more for parking. I felt annoyed—certainly not happy with this unexpected turn in my day. After stewing about why I hadn’t been notified in advance, I settled into a chair, pulled out the book, and began reading Chapter 1, “Accept What Is.” I read, “In the life most of us are living, things just happen. Events and people just pop up, so to speak, in our experience. And that too is the way of it. Most of it is quite beyond our control.” Yes, I could relate. Running 20 minutes late was beyond my control. I read on, “It’s very stressful to resist what is. It’s very stressful and tiring to fight reality all the time. And that’s precisely what we’re doing when we think that things should be different than what they are. We’re resisting this moment. We’re saying no to what is.” By the time my colorist was ready for me, I had altered my state of mind and felt quite happy. I was happy that I’d had a good chunk of time to read this amazingly insightful book. I was happy to have such a talented colorist do my hair, and happy that I could afford to have it done. That is just a teeny, tiny tidbit of this book that is full and rich in content, personable and straight-forward in its approach, and wise in its understanding of the human heart. Reading Barbara Berger is like listening to a best friend and receiving counseling from one of those expert Ph.D.s all at the same time. Some of the issues discussed are the following: discovering the real you, asserting your rights, recognizing illusions, worry scenarios, the stories we tell ourselves, dealing with crisis, universal standards, seeing without filter, fearing your emotions, unconditional happiness, and much more. The book ends with a “Happy Life Worksheet,” instructions that will guide you in writing and moving on to more happiness. No matter if you’re high, middle, or low on the happiness scale, I highly recommend this book. There’s a reason it has been translated into 17 languages and has been a runaway bestseller in Scandinavia, where the author lives. Now it’s America’s turn to get happier. Are You Happy Now? will change your life for the better, if you let it. And who doesn’t want a better life? ~ Carolyn Warren , Book Pleasures
Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life by Barbara Berger I fell completely in love with this 187 page messenger of love and hope. The cool thing about this one is that it is all stuff I have heard over my 34 years of recovery, but it is in one easy to find place. The format was so simple and easy to follow I could just go right to the parts I needed at the time, and the general peaceful reassuring tone of this precious read made everything so much more fun. The author did an amazing job helping me to truly look at myself and gave me suggestions on how to progress further in the self love department. I would recommend this great find to anyone who finds themselves stuck in old belief patterns and is looking for a gentle direct path out. Thanks Barbara, you rock. Love & Light, Riki Frahmann ~ Riki Frahmann, Mystic Living Today – Monthly E-Zine
“Are You Happy Now?” delivers fully with great depth, insight and invigoration. There is an tremendous amount of knowledge and information presented in this book. The language and concepts fit together with fluidity, efficiency and relevance. This book can not only help enhance your life and open your mind to seeing far beneath the surface – it can change your life as well! Phenomenal writing Barbara Berger! To read the entire review click here: http://innerlite.wordpress.com/reviews/ ~ Brad Tesh, http://innerlite.wordpress.com/reviews/
Attune Magazine by Mary Nale http://www.attunemagazine.com/review-are-you-happy-now/ This is the first book I’ve read by Barbara Berger, I had no idea what to expect. After reading the first chapter I realized that there were a few things resonating for me, I had to put the book down and think this over. Wait…am I happy? What will make me happy? Do I even know how to be happy? Do I know the difference between happy and unhappy? See, powerful stuff here right? What makes this book different is the writing style. In my opinion, many of us have become immune or desensitized to anything that hints at the law of attraction; if you are one of these people you will like this book a lot. The Chapters in this book are based on the 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life. This is definitely a book that’s reality based. Yet it won’t ruffle your feathers! I know, some of us are sensitive to “reality” based writing but haven’t we had enough fairy tale fixes by now? Isn’t it time to stand up and be as happy as you want to be? This is a book of empowerment! Right away you will notice that there’s a common theme here, separate your emotional thinking (stories) from the event that’s happening – then take responsibility. I think it’s so easy for us to only do half of this, without the other part – the taking responsibility part. What Barbara Berger has offered us here is a way to make small changes that will have a huge impact on our happiness. I do think these changes will take time and practice, as I’ve already said, this isn’t a magic pill or potion. As I finished this book, I kept hearing “Release what no longer serves.” My favorite chapter is "No. 8 Deal with what is in front of you and forget the rest." “The number 8 cause of suffering and unhappiness is shadowboxing with illusions instead of dealing with the reality in front of you.” For me…this was a “wow” moment for so many reasons. This one sentence just summed it all up for me: “Give yourself – and the other person – a chance.” Why? Well, the chapter explains how we may project onto a person who we think that person is – this is based on our own personal experiences. I know, some of you have evolved and progressed past this but for me, it’s still a challenge. There’s practical advice here that can help! There’s also something here that makes me wonder about the way I deal with goals, list making and planning projects-how much of my planning is based on trying to realize every possible outcome? And is this a positive trait or am I only telling myself “stories” that are holding me back? I think there’s a fine line here that needs to be addressed in my life. Yes, each of us will read this book and “take away” something completely different than the next person. I’m sharing what I found to be most profound for me. Another thing I like about this book is the A Happy Life Worksheet. Here we have a way to really work with the 10 ways to live a happy life listed in the book and to figure out how we can improve “the happy” in our lives. Perhaps this is an opportunity to journal answers and thoughts about each of the exercises. The most important part of this worksheet is that it allows us the opportunity to work with the 10 ways to live a happy life by asking the questions we need to be asking ourselves and changing thought patterns as we go along. This is not another Law of Attraction cookie cutter self help book. This is refreshing, down to earth advice about how to make small changes that will ultimately add up to being happy. I enjoyed the candid way Barbara Berger brings her message to us in this book Barbara Berger will be joining us on Attune Magazine Radio August 31st. You can get the details about this show here: Are You Happy Now? ~ Mary Nale, Attune Magazine
“Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” was truly amazing as it delved right into the very essence of the human mind. Barbara covers everything one experiences along their journey to freedom within. Once conscious, we realize our thoughts are what we experience in life…thoughts that we choose to think or perceive about everything. The ‘mind your own business’ chapter explains if we honor each other’s earth journey as is, we can actually enhance every relationship. She shares how asking questions of our questions is so key to our healing, even addressing our fear of death...bravo!” Deborah Beauvais, Founder Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network USA ~ Deborah Beauvais, Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network
Berger proposes that all of us can lead happy lives regardless of our situation, and then demonstrates how to accomplish this throughout the book. She asks how well we know ourselves, or if we're afraid to do this, asks why; discusses our responsibility to ourselves and our right to exist; and how we can deal with the fear of criticism and choice with integrity. She shares that we can remember the wonder of our own existence; discusses common worries and stories we tell ourselves and how to transform them; and shares what she discovered real happiness and success is, and how clear and simple it actually is. Berger reminds us that life is always a process that we're in; that it's about awakening our awareness so that we make appropriate choices for ourselves, and not focus on perfection, which is unrealistic. I give this book an all-thumbs-up; and as I said earlier, it's one to read more than once. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/8477146 ~ Joyce Shafer, http://ezinearticles.com/?Are-You-Happy-Now?-10-Ways-to-Live-a-Happy-Life-by-Barbara-Berger&id=8477146
This book, and these exercises, are excellent tools of empowerment! ~ Bonnie Cehovet, http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/review-are-you-happy-now/
Here’s some real news – a self-help book that actually gives you some help! It doesn’t make you think that you are doing EVERYTHING wrong, but shows you how you can—with simple adjustments in your way of thinking—make everything (in life) must easier for yourself. At the same time, the book is filled with easy-to-understand case stories so you better understand Barbara Berger’s wise points. The book ends with 10 simple exercises that are designed to help you change your view of life. And Berger isn’t even holy… clearly a MUST read! ~ Cosmopolitan magazine
Feeling blue and grumpy has long been on its way out—and it’s in to be happy. And now help is on the way in Barbara Berger’s new self-help book Are You Happy Now? The book is divided into 10 sections, each of which points to an important step along the way to a happier and more authentic life. The book ends with a series of exercises to achieve this. Very practical. The book is easy to read and gives easy-to-understand guidance in positive thinking. The book will surely give people who are worried about life a real ‘aha’ experience. ~ Femina magazine
The point is that it’s not outer circumstances that make us happy and this book gives us 10 practical suggestions as to how we can use this understanding in our daily lives.” ~ Berlingske Tidende, (Denmark’s biggest newspaper)
Livsenergi Book Club (Sweden) "Are You Happy Now" was the book-of-the-month selection. “We’ve had great success with Barbara Berger’s books in the book club over the years and I can promise you that Are You Happy Now? is the most interesting and easy-to-read book Barbara has ever written. The title is a provocative question that really makes you think. I wish that I always jumped out of the bed in the morning with a smile on my lips, but the truth is I don’t. But with Barbara’s 10 Ways (which are based on her life’s wisdom both as a private person and as a spiritual seeker), it really is easier. I had so many ‘aha’ experiences when I read Barbara’s many examples—and by using her practical tools, I really am starting to think differently. Because whether we are happy or unhappy all depends on our thoughts. Try Barbara’s 10 Ways and watch how happiness comes pouring in!!” Agneta Gynning, Editor in Chief Livsenergi Book Club ~ Swedish Book Club