New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That’s Got It Wrong

TarcherPerigee. May 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780593541388. $28. SELF-HELP
In her first book, Instagram artist Harrison mines her own life to talk about ways of achieving personal happiness. She was in a painful period of her life when a man she loved deeply was contending with an illness that doctors could not treat or even diagnose. Harrison was terribly worried about him and exhausted with her caregiving duties when she started to think that she needed to change the way she was coping with her struggles. Her book discusses the ways people can improve their coping skills and look outward to achieve satisfaction. Some of the suggestions are psychologically oriented and similar to tenets cognitive behavioral therapy. Harrison keeps the book interesting by including examples from history and from the lives of currently famous people. The book includes many practical suggestions and is broken up into easy-to-follow chapters. It is a good mix of theory, background, and suggestions for self-improvement.
VERDICT A solid, well-organized work that should appeal to a broad audience of people interested in self-help and psychology.
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