The pursuit of happiness is the biggest goal of all, but finding happiness isn't easy and life often gets in the way. Happiness doesn't just happen, people need a clearer vision of attainable happiness, defined in simple terms - people need a plan.
The Happiness Plan is therefore well timed. It offers an accessible set of simple observations about how any individual can be happier, here and now, by choice, self-awareness and practice. By asking provocative questions, McConnell involves the reader in a process of defining happiness according to his or her own values.This book strongly advocates an approach to greater happiness here and now, without leaving the day job, switching the family to the coast or becoming impoverished. The Happiness Plan is written for hard working, time poor people, helping them to make some real changes with the right ideas
"Carmelwill convince you to put happiness back on the agenda right back in the centre of your life. As always, the timing of her message is spot on and her down-to-earth practical plan will get you making changes instantly."
Fiona Harrold , author of Be Your Own Life Coach and The 7 Rules of Success
Just as the "culture" of an organisation determines whether it is a happy place to work, so the cast of mind of an individual can determine if they are happy or glum. Carmel McConnell is great at altering mind-sets."
Prue Leith OBE
"The perfect manual for those who have already set of in search of the holy grail of happiness and wondered why they got no further than the frozen foods section at Sainsbury's."
Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive, Social EnterpriseLondon
"Filled with Camel McConnell's motivating energy and her affirming and realistic approach to life, this book can and will change lives."
Kim Price, Head of Extended Services , MillfieldsCommunitySchooland Children's Centre, Hackney
"Carmel McConnell is one of these people who has the amazing knack of helping you see that you are in charge of your life and therefore you have the possibility to make it better. 'The Happiness Plan' offers practical, compelling advice spoken from the heart.
Anna MacLean, Marketing Manager, Tennent's Lager (Inbev UK Ltd)
Social entrepreneur, inspirational activist, successful business consultant and passionate founder of Magic Breakfast, Carmel McConnell is an extraordinary woman with relentless energy for making the world around her a better place to be.
About the author
When and where are you happiest?
Could you be happier?
What this book isn't
What this book is
How will this work?
What is a plan?
DECIDE TO BE HAPPIER (THE ABC APPROACH)
By the way, you're gorgeous
Is there room for cynicism?
What do the experts tell us?
Major influences on your happiness
Why more is never enough
Evolving to a happier kind of affluence
How to become happier
CREATE A PERSONAL HAPPINESS PLAN
Sources of happiness
Feel the happiness that's already there
Are you on your side?
Encouragement from the person that matters most
Negative vs. positive space
Notice what's playing in your spaceace a happier place to be
Point your life at your priorities
Alternatively: How to be miserable
Think about your needs
The seven habits of highly happy people
The negative habit of pressure
The positive habit: living in the present
The habit. "A kinder impulse to deal with mistakes or signs of human imperfection "
Obstacles to happiness. Have you chosen a stress-based approach to life?
Make other people happy
OUR PLAN: MAKE OTHERS HAPPY
A win-win solution
How to be happier at work
Relationships and love
Happy ever after
Best of Both A happiness win-win for lovers
The future of happiness
SOME HAPPINESS PLAN EXAMPLES
Happiness planning for four major life areas
Ready-made Happiness Plan for a more fulfilling career
Managing time: The four-day week Happiness Plan
Negotiation for a four-day week: The Happiness Plan principles
Set the intention
Financial control - a Happiness Plan
Last thoughts. Happiness is best kept simple
PUT YOUR PLAN INTO ACTION
Exercises and Quizzes - Summary
The Happiness Plan Playlist