Book Report:What Happy People KnowBy Dan Baker and Cameron StauthReport written by: Kelsey WelshReport written for: Professor Mary TuckerDecember 7, 2005TABLE OF CONTENTSWhat Happy People Know: Book Report 3Fear 3Breaking Free of Fear 3Qualities of Happiness 3Happiness Tools 4Appreciation 4The Appreciation Audit. 4Self-Appreciation. 4Victimization. 4Personal Power 5Victimization.
5Entitlement. 6Rescue. 6Blame. 6Free Yourself of the VERBs. 7A Recognition of Strength 7Best Practices Tool.
7A Sense of Choice 8The Power of Language and Stories 8Multidimensional Living 9Synthesis 9Personal Experience 9Other Readings 10References 10What Happy People Know: Book ReportDan Baker and Cameron Stauth’s What Happy People Know is a great book, I would recommend it to anyone to read because,“the same basic principles about happiness apply to virtually everyone, across all age groups, nationality, cultures” (Baker & Stauth, 2003, p. 40).It compares and contrasts what happy people know and do in comparison to what unhappy people know and do.The book teaches the reader how to change their outlook on life from a negative to a positive one.I will begin this report with a brief explanation of what the major underlying factor of unhappiness is.Next, I will briefly talk about the qualities of happiness, according to Baker and Stauth (2003).And lastly, I will reveal just what it is happy people know, also called the happiness tools (Baker & Stauth).
FearAccording to What Makes People Happy, a person cannot be happy if they have fear in their lives (Baker & Stauth, 2003).Most people don’t realize that they are living in fear.Fear enters many people’s lives disguised as anger, perfectionism, depression, hate, anxiety, and so on.According to the authors (2003), fear is the opposite of something that makes sense (p. 17).In today’s world, most types of fear can be placed into either of the two categories: “fear of not having enough and fear of not being enough” (Baker & Stauth, 2003, p.
24).Breaking Free of FearThe first step in break free of fear is to admit that you have fear and then accept the fear.Baker and Stauth (2003) say, “Welcome it.Laugh at yourself.Forgive yourself.
Rise to the height of your soaring spirit.And move on” (p. 59).There is not better time than now to accept this fear so you can begin your happy life.In this report I will discuss many additional ways to break free of your fear.
Unfortunately, nobody can get rid of fear forever, because, part of everybody’s brain is dedicated just to fear (Baker & Stauth, 2003). Qualities of HappinessThe authors recognize that living in fear is the easy route in life, and that happiness is difficult to achieve. According to the authors (2003), there are twelve qualities that define happiness and they are what people should aim to achieve.If you are able to achieve these qualities, your search for happiness should be over, because happiness will find you (Baker & Stauth, 2003).
The following are the twelve qualities of happiness, according to Baker and Stauth (p. 19-21):• Love • Optimism• Courage