The Myth of More: And Other Lifetraps That Sabotage the Happiness You Deserve

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Joseph Novello's new book has a simple but powerful message: People constantly chase after happiness, but in confusing happiness with pleasure, they set themselves up for continual frustration and failure. Pleasure is a short-term high that comes from without, while happiness is an abiding serenity that comes from within. Happiness lies in accepting who we are right now and what we have right now.

A major obstacle to happiness is one's "lifetraps", patterns of behavior that helped us cope in childhood but which now cause us to be dysfunctional as adults. What began as habits end up as core components of our personality. But even after overcoming these lifetraps, Novello discovered, people still need to go further to find happiness; they need to discover the spirituality within life and within themselves.

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About the Author:

Joseph R. Novello, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Washington, DC., and a clinical associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has also written a weekly column for Woman's World magazine and hosted daily radio call-in and interview shows. He writes both popular and scholarly books, including How to Survive Your Kids, What to Do Until the Grownup Arrives, and The Short Course in Adolescent Psychiatry.


A helpful guide to living more abundantly. -- The Mennonite

Highly recommended. -- Jeffrey Young, Ph.D.

It combines the insights of an experienced psychiatrist and the plain speech of a down-to-earth and caring human being. -- Wilkie Au, author of The Enduring Heart: Spirituality for the Long Haul

It is one of the most helpful books I have read. -- Monika K. Hellwig, Executive Director, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Novello is a master at helping people. This book is essential reading for anyone who desires to truly improve themselves. -- Larry King, CNN's Larry King Live

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