CHAPTER 9

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YOU DID IT!

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.

ROBERT BROWNING1

CONSCIOUSLY CREATING HAPPINESS

If your downshifting process is underway, great! But have you thought about the best ways to make use of your newfound time? Even if you already have an agenda, reading this chapter can help you avoid false starts and steer you in the best directions. It might be interesting, as well, to compare the results of current psychological research on personal satisfaction with your own life experiences.

Some selected findings about happiness will be described here. Even if you never downshift, acting on these findings has the potential to bring greater happiness into your life. We begin by pointing out action steps you might be tempted ...

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