Research shows us clearly what works in counseling and psychotherapy. Often by the time clients enter a therapist's office they have been told what to do-often soundly and sensibly-by well-meaning family, friends, and health professionals. The challenge for the effective therapist is how to communicate these same, sound messages in ways that the client is more likely to take on board, act on, and benefit from.
101 Stories for Enhancing Happiness and Well-Being harnesses the power of stories to translate the research from positive psychology into effective and practical therapeutic interventions. It communicates the core processes for enhancing happiness and well-being in ways that are easy to understand and incorporate into one's therapeutic practice and clients' lives.
George W. Burns is a clinical psychologist, adjunct professor of psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute of Psychotherapy and Counseling, and director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Western Australia. He conducts workshops worldwide, has authored 8 books, and volunteers as a psychologist in developing countries such as Bhutan.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. On Being a Goal-setter and Goal-achiever 2. On Finding and Using Strengths 3. On Being Powered 4. On Being Accepting 5. On Being Mindful 6. On Being a Reframer 7. On Changing Patterns of Behavior 8. On Learning from Experience 9. On Being Compassionate 10. On Being a Self-carer 11. On Being a Positive Thinker 12. On Being Emotionally Positive and Engaged 13. On Being in Social Relationships 14. On Improving Loving Relationships 15. On Finding Meaning and Wisdom 16. On Being a Problem-solver 17. On Being Happy A Guide to Creating Your Own Happiness-Enhancing Stories References and Reading Resources Index