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True Happiness: Your complete guide to emotional health

True Happiness: Your complete guide to emotional health

by Mark Atkinson


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Are you happy and fulfilled? Do you feel content with your relationships and your life? If not, this groundbreaking book is for you. Written by Dr Mark Atkinson, a medical doctor and emotional-health expert, its innovative, mind-body approach will help you live a truly healthy, happy life. Based on the successful strategies he uses with patients, Dr Atkinson shows you, step by step, how to experience the deep sense of inner well-being that characterises true happiness.
Discover: how to identify and overcome the underlying emotional, psychological and biochemical barriers to health and happiness; tools for managing your emotions and thoughts more skilfully; unique drug-free techniques for tackling low mood, anxiety and stress; inspiring case studies; questionnaires, simple exercises and easy-to-follow advice to help you uncover your true self and create a life of fulfilment and meaning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749929169
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr Mark Atkinson MMBS is an integrative medical doctor specialising in psychological well-being and emotional health. He is also the founder of the Academy of Human Potential, one of the UK's leading personal development companies.

Table of Contents

About the author xi

Introduction xiii

How to make this book work for you xvii

Choose happiness now 1

Part 1 The essentials of emotional health and happiness 17

Pillar 1 Get out of your head 18

Practise mindfulness 22

Defuse your 'negative' thoughts 25

Investigate your thinking 28

Transform any self-limiting beliefs 30

Pillar 2 Become a master of your emotions 34

Assess your emotional-management style 38

Identify your emotional-control strategies 41

Increase your emotional-body awareness 47

Improve your emotional literacy 49

Become skilful in emotional processing 51

Pillar 3 Live a fulfilling and meaningful life 61

Meet your emotional needs 65

Embrace gratitude 72

Identify your life purpose and gifts 74

Discover your values 77

Live in alignment with your highest values 84

Part 2 Overcoming common barriers to emotional health 89

Pillar 4 Meet your physical needs 90

Optimise your nutrition 93

Get active 110

Sleep soundly 113

Rest and relax 117

Live and work in a healthy environment 121

Pillar 5 Identify and address physical imbalances 125

Physical-imbalance questionnaires 126

Neurotransmitter imbalances 140

Nutritional imbalances 147

Allergies and intolerances 154

Hormone imbalances 157

Dysbiosis 168

Pillar 6 Identify and address any mental-health challenges 173

Mental-health questionnaires 176

Psychological stress 182

Anger 188

Depression 191

Anxiety and panic disorders 195

Addictions 199

Trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 202

Grief 206

Part 3 Maximise your happiness 211

Pillar 7 Accept and love yourself 212

Make peace with your body 216

Let go of your resentments 218

Experience self-love 221

Discover and embrace your selves 224

Awaken to the true self 229

Pillar 8 Create positive, healthy relationships 233

Practise empathy and loving-kindness 229

Practise the four As of healthy, mature relationships 241

Identify the presence of co-dependency or counter-dependency 245

Develop and maintain healthy boundaries 251

Learn how to resolve conflicts 257

Contribute to the happiness and well-being of others 261

A final word on true happiness 265

Appendix: The 14-day happiness test 267

References 269

Resources 275

Recommended reading 289

Index 292

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