Operation Happiness: The 3-step Plan To Creating A Life Of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, And Radical Bliss by Kristi LingOperation Happiness: The 3-step Plan To Creating A Life Of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, And Radical Bliss by Kristi Ling

Operation Happiness: The 3-step Plan To Creating A Life Of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, And…

byKristi Ling

Hardcover | September 15, 2017

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In Operation Happiness, happiness strategist and life coach Kristi Ling teaches you how to create immediate, positive shifts in your life by proving that happiness is a skill that can be cultivated, learned, and mastered--much like playing an instrument.

After experiencing a long-term illness, a divorce, and the sudden deaths of loved ones, Ling spent years studying the science of happiness. She focused on identifying and testing specific emotional support tools. During this process, she discovered something that goes against everything we've been lead to believe about happiness: it isn't just something you feel; it's something you do. Based on this discovery, Ling outlines the three foundational principles that lead to a life of joy: Change Your View, Make Over Your Mornings, and Create New Habits.

Part memoir and part how-to guide, Operation Happiness combines compelling personal stories, inspiring perspective shifts, and clear actionable steps to help you create a solid foundation for sustainable happiness that will propel you into a new, light-filled way of living.
Kristi Ling is a happiness strategist, transformational life and business coach, and inspirational speaker who works with individuals and organizations on building a firm foundation for lasting happiness and success. She has been featured in numerous media outlets such as Success Magazine, Entrepreneur, Mashable, and CNN. She is a con...
Title:Operation Happiness: The 3-step Plan To Creating A Life Of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, And…Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.7 × 5.8 × 1.01 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Rodale BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happiness is a Skill Had heard about Kristi Ling through a podcast where she was giving concrete steps to be happy. So glad I bought this book - she teaches you skills to learn to be your happy self. It's a must-read handbook to get where you want to be.
Date published: 2016-11-10

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My Story . . . and Major Perception ChangesAs I was sitting in my light-filled studio recently, working long hours on the proposal for this book, I received an urgent text from my brother Scott.Scott: Are you sitting in front of your computer?Me: Yes.Scott: I'm sending you a link and then calling you.Seconds later, the phone rang. Before I could say hello, he asked anxiously, "Did it come? Click on the link!""What is it?""Just open the link!"I clicked, and a page with a photo of a joyful-looking couple appeared, along with a news article announcing that they had made a contribution to a local charity. I blinked twice, without the faintest idea why he was sending me this completely random, albeit positive piece of information."Are you looking at the link?" he asked.I was shaking my head. I wanted to get off the phone and back to writing. "Yes, what is it?"He launched into words that would permanently change the dynamic of my family."That's Mom's biological sister. Our aunt. And I just got off the phone with her."My breath halted."At first, she didn't believe what I was telling her, that she had a sister and that I'm her nephew, but I sent her copies of records and some photos, and she definitely believes me now. And . . . Mom's mother is alive and well at eighty-eight years old."Suddenly, I felt like I was in a lucid dream. My brain went into overdrive trying to sort out what this might mean for my family. It was a moment I thought would never happen. I'm talking never. I'd put the idea of ever being connected to that side of my family out of my mind and heart years ago. Sitting there in my old, worn office chair where I've spent countless hours writing, everything changed in an instant. My life, and the lives of my mother and brother, were forever shifted.My mother was born in 1946, just after the war. Her mother was very young and couldn't keep her, so she gave my mother up for adoption. Although a wonderful, loving family raised my mother, she always had a deep desire to know where she came from. An embedded desire . . . on a cellular level.Over the years, she had looked for her biological mother but, at some point, gave up on the idea and worked very hard to let it go, unwavering curiosity burning in a closed little box in her heart. Her mother went on with her life and kept the secret of my mother's birth for nearly sixty- seven years. Sixty. Seven. Years.Growing up, I'd always wondered about it, too. It's strange to go through life knowing that you have another grandmother, a grandfather, and probably aunts, uncles, and cousins who have no idea you exist. But yet I, too, had tucked that wonder away in a box. I so strongly believed I would never know about that part of my family, I hadn't even thought about it for years.My mother and her sister are beyond overjoyed to have found each other. It's been amazing to watch their meaningful, sisterly bond grow. Each had lost her other siblings and thought she was the last one surviving, until my brother connected them. Imagine . . . in midlife, after losing your siblings, discovering a wonderful sister you never knew existed! It's an amazing story. A miracle, really.In the midst of these delicious events for my family, I found a powerful message. I believe I'm a wildly openhearted person and always do my best to carry a mind-set of anything can happen. Anything. I worked hard to adopt that mind-set, which has supported me greatly. Before I received that text from my brother, if you had asked me if there was anything--anything at all- -I believed would never happen in my life, I probably would have answered absolutely not. Never is a word I don't particularly dig.But with the unexpected discovery of my biological aunt and grandmother, I realized that this particular never was buried so deep, my belief about it so absolute, I didn't even realize it was there! If there was anything at all I truly believed would never happen, this was it. Never. Until it did.I share this with you because it's a fantastic example of exactly what this first part of Operation Happiness is about: changing your view. Being willing to shift things you've firmly believed, or not believed, for your entire life.You will begin to change your view by searching for and opening those boxes hidden within your heart that hold deeply embedded limiting beliefs about happiness and keep you from your most incredible life; you will have to be willing to replace those beliefs with new ideas and perspective. Give yourself the gift of a blank slate. It's the first step to creating a permanent, positive shift and opening yourself to an entirely new level of amazing.Be open, be willing, clear your heart, and get ready to let a whole new light in.MY QUEST TO DECODE HAPPINESSI truly love myself and my life. But believe me, it wasn't always that way. When I was growing up and all through my twenties, my life, for the most part, seemed like a consistent stream of struggle and mediocrity with a few highs here and there. But over the past twelve years, I've learned to embrace my truth as well as live by it. I've learned how to catch myself and make a shift when I'm stepping on my own toes and how to get out of my own way. I've stopped beating myself up and instead treat myself with understanding and compassion, knowing that I'm always doing the best I can. Most important, I've learned what happiness is and how to allow it to be the driving force of my life.I wake up every morning filled with huge gratitude to finally be happy--and in complete control of my happiness. Along my path, I discovered a huge, life-altering truth about happiness, which I'm going to share with you in this chapter.My own journey toward a permanent foundation for happiness that sustains and serves me daily was quite long. When I firmly decided at thirty-one years old that there had to be a better way to live, I dedicated myself passionately to studies of happiness, spirituality, and personal development, determined to change my life.I made that decision in a definitive moment. It was early one cloudy, humid morning in the early summer of 2002, as I was once again lying in bed in a frustratingly dark place, absolutely dreading the day ahead. I'd been going through a ridiculously difficult time at work and within myself.What I'd thought was my dream job had turned out to be a soul-crushing disappointment, and I felt like a cat stuck in a box, scratching and clawing with no way out. On top of it all, I was in the middle of planning my wedding and had all this crazy talk going on in my monkey mind: "Will he still want to marry me if I'm unemployed?" and "If I tell him I don't want this corporate job, fancy car, or fast-paced party life anymore, will he think I'm a fraud?" In many moments, it felt like every part of my world was literally imploding.As I was lying there that morning, I received a loud message from within the center of my soul that, until hitting this wall of extreme darkness, I'd been unwilling to hear. The message was clear: In spite of everything that was causing my angst, frustration, and emotional pain at that time, the core foundation and creator of the problems was me.Me? The problem? This was a new concept. How could I be the problem? I was a victim of circumstance!But somehow, in that moment, I saw clearly for the first time that I was the major player, the MVP in fact, in every area my life, and if I chose to be, I could be in complete control. I had all the power in the world to create positive change, to escape the crazy, stressful situations I had chosen and continued to allow--and I hadn't been tapping into that power.The only person who could change my world of gloom, mediocrity, and anxiety was me. I could choose to take leaps. I could choose to stop tolerating things that drained me or didn't bring me happiness. And I could choose to leave behind the sharks that had been circling me and swim with the angelfish instead.It was a huge realization. I knew then that if I really wanted the best in life, it was time for me to look in the mirror, take responsibility for my own destiny, and offer my very best back to life. I had not been giving to the world what I wanted to receive.I decided to find new strength, take charge, and do everything I could to make the shifts I needed to be happy and at peace, and to start living the life I knew I deserved. I had no idea where to begin, but I knew one thing for sure: There was a better way to live.Until that morning that rocked my world, I'd been a young PR executive at a major entertainment studio. I had an office with a view of the Hollywood Sign, a gorgeous convertible, a huge wardrobe, a charismatic fiance, and invitations to fantastic parties every week. On the outside, it seemed like I had an amazing life. I was convinced that I did have an amazing life, and that this must be how I was supposed to be living, because everyone told me how great it was. This is the life I'd been conditioned to strive for.The truth was, even with all that great stuff going on, I was incredibly empty and unhappy inside, and I was very good at hiding it. I was so good, in fact, that the way I'd been surviving the tumultuous storm inside me was by working very hard to hide it from myself. I tried to remain in denial as much as I could. On some days, I couldn't deny it, and I would just wonder what on earth was wrong with me.The corporate environment I was in at the time was highly toxic. I was working extremely long days and constantly dodging negative, venomous people. I was watching the few kind people around me either quit from the stress or get systematically pushed out for standing up for themselves. I spent most days lying low, wishing I were somewhere else.Like many, I thought one of the answers to filling the emptiness was lots of stuff. I shopped like a crazy girl. I was making pretty good money for the first time in my life and was on a mission to find the next thing to make me happy.I went to parties, polluted myself with too many cocktails, and burned the candle at both ends, thinking I was creating a great life for myself and, somehow, some way, it would lead to happiness. But it seemed that no matter what I did, I was unfulfilled. I was simply existing rather than living. The more I chased the wrong things, the emptier I felt. I wanted to be anyone but me.One night, I was awakened by what felt like my heart exploding out of my chest. I was shaking and in a cold sweat. My pillow was soaked. I sprung up, took a few deep breaths, and realized I was reacting physically to the stress of my downward spiral. My body was finally telling me to wake the hell up or face major consequences.The next morning, that wise inner voice spoke up (no, screamed) and finally opened my mind to see that I had the power to change my situation--and my perception--as long as I was willing to take responsibility for allowing it in the first place. I'm a creative person. Why wasn't I using that creativity to shape the life I truly wanted to live?It was time to make some big changes, and that included going on an epic mission to discover exactly what it takes to be happy. I left the job. I had nothing else lined up; I just left and trusted that life would create a perfect opportunity. I only had enough money in savings for a few months' expenses, and I knew time would go quickly. It was the biggest leap of faith I'd ever dared to take. It was the first time I'd truly trusted the universe, and that changed everything.I dropped all negative and draining obligations, stopped partying, gave away much of my stuff, and dove into every book and lecture I could find about transition, metaphysics, health, and happiness. I became fascinated with neuroscience and the power of the mind. I channeled all my newfound energy into learning, growing, making better choices, and creating a better life. I started my own boutique PR firm, empowered by the idea of working for myself on my own terms. Oh, and somewhere in the middle of all that, I got married. And no, he didn't think I was a fraud.Over the next couple of years, I found so many conflicting views on what happiness is, how to achieve it, and how to sustain it, it made my head spin. With so much mixed information, some of it incredible and some of it complete crap, I felt called to set out on a quest to demystify happiness. To crack the code and simplify it in a way that I could fully understand and achieve happiness. It would be the journey of my life, and it would lead me to the work I do today.So for a few years I kept at it. Making shifts, researching, growing. Many of the concepts and tools I learned did make a big difference. Through trial and error, weeding out the BS, and testing out some new theories of my own, I changed my life in powerful ways, reaching a higher level of peace and experiencing more frequent joy than I ever had before. It was a significant positive change. I couldn't believe how my world was turning around and how much I'd been missing. The more I changed my thoughts to be positive and loving, the more I cut myself a break and took the stance of self-compassion; the more I took action to create necessary lifestyle changes, the more I felt warmth and light fill my world.But I knew in my gut there had to be more. I was still experiencing random, short bouts of depression and often felt apathetic about everyday events. I wanted to create a way of life that would bring a sustainable state of overall happiness and peace, a sense of daily enthusiasm, and give me more solid ground to stand on during the tough times.

Editorial Reviews

"Operation Happiness is authentic, practical, and full of engaging, relatable glimpses into Kristi Ling’s real-life adventures in happiness. This is a fantastic guide for anyone looking to create a happier, fuller life in today’s busy world." —Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy For No Reason "In Operation Happiness, Kristi Ling brilliantly teaches you that happiness is something you choose by showing you how to create immediate, positive shifts in your life." —Kristine Carlson, New York Times bestselling author: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff books "A powerful and potentially life-changing book that’s also a wonderful read, Kristi Ling’s Operation Happiness is just the right mix of relatable stories and real actionable steps that will help light your way to a happier, more dynamic life." —Peggy McColl, New York Times bestselling author"Never has a book like Operation Happiness been more relevant! At a time when we’re searching for the next “like,” or external validation, Kristi Ling teaches us that happiness is a skill and ultimately our responsibility to learn and master." —Corey Jenkins, inspirational speaker & host of the talk show Life with Awareness "Operation Happiness is the book on happiness that so many have been waiting for! A perfect blend of uplifting storytelling, practical advice, and powerful new ideas for creating and living a joyful, dynamic life. I'm so grateful this book, and the wisdom it imparts to the reader. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a boost of joy!" —Emmanuel Dagher, Spiritual Teacher and Author of Easy, Breezy Prosperity: The Five Foundations for a More Joyful, Abundant Life "Kristi Ling’s Operation Happiness is an enjoyable and eye-opening fusion of memoir, how-to, and powerful personal growth. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project will love this book. It's sure to become your go-to happiness manual!" —Linda Joy, Publisher of Aspire Magazine and international bestseller Inspiration for a Woman's Soul: Choosing Happiness