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Bluebird : women and the new psychology of happiness
Ariel Gore
Adult Nonfiction HQ1155 .G67 2010

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Gore (The Hip Mama Survival Guide; The Mother Trip) turns her attention to positive psychology-the work of Martin Seligman (Authentic Happiness), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Flow), and their many followers who have written books with the word happiness in the titles. She decided to try some of the common suggestions of these psychologists, such as being grateful, meditating, and doing more absorbing activities, and enlisted 100 other women to keep journals about their happiness efforts. Gore found that many women have reservations about this happiness phenomenon, feeling it is selfish to be happy if loved ones aren't or being concerned that gratitude for the good things in their lives is incompatible with feminist inclinations to reform and achieve. Gore interweaves musings on psychology and happiness with her story of sending one child off to college while pregnant with a second. VERDICT Female readers of positive psychology books will like this one, and the many fans of Noelle Oxenhandler's The Wishing Year and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love will enjoy Gore's personal narrative.-Mary Ann Hughes, formerly with Neill P.L., Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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