The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward by Tracey CleantisThe Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward by Tracey Cleantis

The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward

byTracey Cleantis

Paperback | January 29, 2015

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When the best option is to let go of the life you planned for yourself and find a new path, a world of possibilities can surprisingly open up. Learn whether it is time to let go, and if so, how to move through your grief and find your way forward in The Next Happy.

When the best option is to let go of the life you planned for yourself and find a new path, a world of possibilities can surprisingly open up. Learn whether it is time to let go, and if so, how to move through your grief and find your way forward in The Next Happy.If you believe, you can do anything.Although well-meaning, these intended words of inspiration can make us feel like failures. The reality is that no matter how positive our outlook or how tenacious our approach, our dreams simply do not always come true--and there is nothing we can do about it.After multiple fertility treatments and years of hardship in her pursuit to have a child, Tracey Cleantis was forced to face this reality head-on. Yet, through this process and her work counseling hundreds of clients through the loss of their goals and aspirations, she discovered one simple truth: Sometimes there comes a time when the smartest, healthiest, and sanest thing to do is to let go of the original plan in order to find a new way forward toward happiness. And with this critical shift, a world of possibilities opens up to us. New, tangible dreams take shape.In The Next Happy, Cleantis offers a roadmap for that journey, teaching you how toface the possibility of letting go of a dream that isn’t workingaccept and face sadness, anger, and shameunderstand the true reasons why you wanted what you wanted and the real-life causes for why you didn’t get itask the questions that will let you move on and set realistic goals for finding a new way forward.With down-to-earth wisdom and humor, this enlightening counterpoint to the popular self-help notion to “follow your dream, no matter what it takes” provides the guidance and support to help you make the decision of whether it is time to give up an impossible dream, and if so, move through your grief, and discover the next happy.
Tracey Cleantis holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and has built a national reputation as an expert on healing losses through her popular blog, La Belette Rouge, Freudian Sips on PsychologyToday.com, and her writings for the Huffington Post. She also has had interviews and advice featured in articles in Psycholog...
Title:The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way ForwardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.05 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 29, 2015Publisher:Hazelden PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: Never, Never, Never Give Up

Chapter Two: Why Did the Chicken Push the Rock Up the Hill? A Cautionary Tale about What Can Happen If You Don't Ever Give Up

Chapter Three: The Dr. Kevorkian of Dreams

Chapter Four: Let's Acknowledge Just How Much This Sucks

Chapter Five: The Ugly Stepsiblings of Emotions: Envy, Jealous, Hate and Other Stinking Thinking That Happens While You Are Minding Your Own Business and Trying to Move On and Let Go

Chapter Six: Everybody Needs Somebody To Lean On

Chapter Seven: Man's Search for Meaning

Chapter Eight: The Symbolic Meaning of Your Dream

Chapter Nine: The Next Happy

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Finalist in the psychology category, 2016 Books for Better Life Awards."Lovingly supportive yet realistic, it is written with honesty and humor."--Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight"...a must-read for anyone who’s had enough of platitudes and is ready for a self-help manual with a dose of reality."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review“A bold, brave and incredibly relevant book.”--Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Perfectly Imperfect--a Life in Progress, with her husband, Bob Woodruff, a CBS “This Morning” contributor.“An antidote for the supposed-to-be’s which plague so many of us. If you have dashed dreams, if you live in a world of hurt, if you can’t see your way out, read The Next Happy and finally heal! I wish I’d had this book on my bed-side table long ago”--Laura Munson, New York Times best-selling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness; Founder of Haven Retreats."Tracey delivers a much needed injection of nuance and reality into the otherwise overly cheerful conversation about following dreams. You'll be happier if you read this book!"--Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can't Ignore You"The Next Happy is like the friend you call when your car is stuck in a ditch on a journey you never expected to take. From the moment you open this book, you'll begin to feel unstuck, and by the end, you'll find yourself moving forward in the right direction, toward your new happiness."--Melanie Notkin, bestselling author of Savvy Auntie and Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness"In a world where we have been taught to chase our dreams no matter what, The Next Happy will gently tap you on the shoulder, turn you around and take you in a whole new and more joyful direction. Author Tracey Cleantis is generous, wise and compassionate. When it comes to self-help books on finding happiness, The Next Happy is truly a game changer."--Jamie Cat Callan, author of Bonjour, Happiness!