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You Can Be Happy by Jason Freeman, Daniel Freeman

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CHAPTER 11

Becoming happier – and staying happier

Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight. HANNAH ARENDT (1906–75), GERMAN PHILOSOPHER

Psychologists have been debating the nature of happiness a great deal over recent years, and one of the central questions has been whether it’s really possible to make a lasting change to our level of happiness.

The very good news – and the reason why we’ve written this book – is that research following people over time has shown it most definitely is possible. But in order to achieve those gains, it’s best to have two key factors in place.

First of all, just wishing you were happier isn’t enough (but you ...

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