The Nine Rooms Of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, And Getting Over Life's Little Imperfections by Lucy DanzigerThe Nine Rooms Of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, And Getting Over Life's Little Imperfections by Lucy Danziger

The Nine Rooms Of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, And Getting Over Life's Little…

byLucy Danziger, Catherine Birndorf

Paperback | December 21, 2010

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What Room Are You In?
Ask any woman how she's feeling. Even when things look pretty darn great from the outside, chances are that at least one thing (and it may seem minor to others) is nagging at her, making her feel less than spectacular, bringing her down:I'm too fat. My husband doesn't help enough around the house. My friend is going to be mad if I don't call her back. Why don't my kids try harder at school? My job is less than inspiring. Whatever happened to that old boyfriend, the one who got away?

Whether it's the size of our thighs or our bank accounts, there always seems to be something that isn't measuring up to our high standards--and we let the dissatisfaction spill over into other areas of our lives, distracting us from taking pleasure in everything that's going right.

InThe Nine Rooms of Happiness, Lucy Danziger, editor in chief ofSelfmagazine, and women's-health psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf use the metaphor of a house to release us from this phenomenon. In this house, the living room is where we deal with friendships and our social life; the bedroom is where we explore intimacy, romance, relationships, and sex; the bathroom is for issues relating to health and body image; the kitchen is for nourishment and the division of chores; and so on.

Our "inner house" can have eight beautifully designed, neat and tidy rooms, and one messy one, and still we focus on the mess.

The Nine Rooms of Happinesspinpoints common self-destructive patterns of behavior and offers key processes that will help readers clean up their emotional architecture. After each room is "clean," Danziger and Birndorf show us how we can spend time on ourselves figuring out what is most meaningful to us--finding larger passion and purpose that makes returning to the rest of our house a pleasure, no matter what calamity or mess awaits.

The result? After reading this book you'll think differently about the things that are bringing you down and be able to live a happier, more joy filled life, in every room of your emotional house.

From the outside, you'd think I have it all: beautiful house, wonderful children, devoted husband. But am I happy I think so. There's nothing that has gone terribly wrong. There's no reason for me not to be happy. But I don't feel happy so much as I feel I'm just going through the motions. Sometimes I have the feeling that there's more and I just haven't found it yet. But what . . . and how dare I want more? Isn't all that I have enough?
--fromThe Nine Rooms of Happiness
Lucy Danzigerhas been Editor-in-Chief ofSELFmagazine for six years and has a total readership of 5.4 million. She appears regularly onGood Morning America,Today, and theCBS Early Show.Dr. Catherine Birndorfis a psychiatrist and is Program Director of the Payne Whitney Women's Program. She has appeared onToday,The CBS Evening News, CNN,...
Title:The Nine Rooms Of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, And Getting Over Life's Little…Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:December 21, 2010Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:140134156X

ISBN - 13:9781401341565

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome & Inspiring This book is so great because it is a book about happiness that doesn't just read "woo-hoo, you can do it" but actually breaks your life into different sectors, using the analogy of a house (your life) being made up of different rooms (different aspects of your life, i.e. career, social, body image, etc). The co-authors show you that not all rooms will be clean at once (meaning some parts of your life will always be better than others) and you have 2 choices: either clean the messy room (deal with the issues) or close the door and don't let one messy room ruin your whole house. They go through so many different ways of approaching problems to feel like you are in control of the situation for when you do want to clean up. Fabulous, a must-read for busy women who want it all. You are capable!
Date published: 2011-05-13