Hawaii Mom Blog: Book Review: Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life




March 24, 2017

Book Review: Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

I consider myself a happy person and I know that happiness comes from within, but as a mother of two kids, I worry about my children relying on outside factors to make them happy.  I was curious when I saw the title Are We Happy Yet?  Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life by international recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host Lisa Cypers Kamen.  Her helpful book shares with the reader her journey and provides practical tips, tools, and exercises needed for developing sustainable happiness.

In her book Cyper Kamen states, "If you want to be happy, avoid victimhood at all costs."  I think this is a key lesson and I want to teach my kids that they are each the hero in their own life; that they are in charge of their lasting happiness.  The book discusses a Happiness Factor or H-factor and how by pinpointing whether it's low, medium, or high that you will learn more about yourself.  And with this personal knowledge, you will be equipped with the power to make better choices and to understand why we make certain choices.

Another key idea I liked in the book is to let go of the toxic people in our lives.  By letting go of these people that complicate our lives, we make more room for peace and contentment.    Already my nine year old daughter has experienced this process.  She has dealt with classmates that make her emotionally sad and have let those friendships end.  She now focuses on friendships that make her feel good about herself.

Cyper Kamen tells readers the secret to happiness is inside each one of us and gives us the awareness, tools, and strategies through Eight Keys on how to reach it.  I enjoyed reading her approach and found it both enlightening and realistic.  Read on for more information about the book and the author.  Are We Happy Yet? is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and neighborhood booksellers.

About the Book:

It's safe to say that 2016 was a tough year and, with the start of 2017, things don't seem
much brighter. From political upsets to the loss of major icons, and anger-filled social media
feeds to daily violent news reports, it's understandable that stress levels are running high.
Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host Lisa
Cypers Kamen's powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only
relevant, but desperately needed. "It's not enough to just think happy thoughts," says Cypers
Kamen. "We must take action to create happiness." And thankfully she's sharing just how to do
that in her new book, Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, a no-nonsense
fusion of science and heart, filled with proven tools and techniques for creating your very own
"happiness revolution."

In Are We Happy Yet? Cypers Kamen reveals her breakthrough system for cultivating
sustainable happiness and well-being, regardless of life's drama, trauma, or challenges. Through
practical tips, tools, and exercises, she shows readers exactly how to boost their "Happiness-
Factor" to new levels, and tap into the joy and peace they deserve. Through her wide-ranging,
decades-long career, Cypers Kamen has redefined - for herself and many others, worldwide -
the pursuit of happiness, even during life's most challenging times. Are We Happy Yet? draws
on that expertise and shows readers how to take the applicable principles of positive psychology,
and start using it in their daily lives.

"Positive psychology focuses on what's right with life here, now and tomorrow, rather
than ruminating on what's wrong with it and what happened in the past," says Cypers Kamen.
"Are We Happy Yet? helps readers embrace the absolute best parts of life, each and every day."

Through the pages of Are We Happy Yet?, Cypers Kamen teaches readers how to:
. Accept the past for what it is-a reference point, not a destination
. Embrace the truth that, while life is tough, you can be happy
. Transform your relationship with yourself from enemy to ally
. Appreciate why less is often more
. Focus on what's right with your life, not what's wrong
. Control the only person you can-yourself!
. Invest in yourself to become more mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually fit
. Use your newly discovered joy to become a more positive and productive influence in the
. And much more!

About the Author:
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA, is an internationally recognized applied positive psychology
coach, author, speaker, documentary filmmaker, and host of the popular syndicated talk
radio show Harvesting Happiness, where she has helped millions of people around the
world generate more joy and fulfillment in their life. Cypers Kamen's global practice
focuses on addiction as well as trauma and life-crisis recovery to help clients balance their
minds, bodies, and emotions, create greater overall well-being, and transform Post-
Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). She is a frequent radio,
television, and print media guest expert, TEDx presenter, and contributor to The
Huffington Post, Positively Positive, and Inspire Me Today.

Cypers Kamen is also the founder of the nonprofit Harvesting Happiness for Heroes, where
she spearheads stigma-free trauma recovery and post-deployment reintegration services
for military personnel and their loved ones challenged by the invisible wounds of war. Her
goal is to help them reawaken joy in their lives.
To learn more about Lisa and her work, visit www.HarvestingHappiness.com &
www.HarvestingHappinessTalkRadio.com, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter,
LinkedIn, and Instagram.



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