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You Can Be Happy by Jason Freeman, Daniel Freeman

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CHAPTER 10

Underlying problems: common psychological issues that fuel unhappiness

At the beginning of You Can Be Happy we introduced the four components of well-being. One of the four doesn’t tend to feature in books about happiness, but we believe the evidence suggests it’s as important as any of the others. That component is ‘fewer negative emotions’, and in Chapter 5 we set out some of the techniques you can use to achieve this.

But negative emotions are often fuelled by specific psychological problems, such as worry, stress and feeling down or depressed. In this chapter we look at the most common types of psychological problems. Perhaps you’ll recognise a trigger for your own unhappiness in one or other of them, and when you’ve recognised ...

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