Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
This book presents scientifically-supported guidance for people who want to replace stress and painful emotions with a sense of well-being and contentment.
With empathy and unfailing good humor, Dr. Pamela Hays outlines a four-step process that has proven successful in her professional clinical psychology practice as well as in her own life. She invites readers to step onto the path of well-being by recognizing their stressors, avoiding negative thought-traps, re-examining their thinking, and taking action wherever possible, using environmental change, better communication skills, social support, and self-care.
Each chapter demonstrates how taking small, manageable steps adds up, over time, to real and permanent change. Packed with tips and tools for self-reflection and behavioral change, this book shows readers how to build well-being from the ground up.
Step 1: Stepping Onto the Path of Well-Being
- Finding Your Path
- Tapping Your Hidden Strengths
Step 2: Understanding Your Stressors
- How Stress Hurts
- The Mind–Body Connection
- Distinguishing Internal From External Sources of Stress
Step 3: Using Thoughts to Feel Better
- Thought Traps That Can Block Your Path
- Countering Negative Thinking
- Compassion Voice
- Well-Being Boosters
Step 4: Taking Action
- The Power of Thought and Action
- Create a Healthy Environment
- Learn and Practice Well-Being Behavior
- Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, and Other Communication Skills
- Social Engagement, Meaning, and Purpose
- Self-Care for Staying on the Happy, Healthy Path
About the Author
Pamela A. Hays, PhD, is the author of Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy, and Connecting Across Cultures: The Helper's Toolkit. She is coeditor of the book Culturally Responsive Cognitive—Behavioral Therapy.
She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii and from 1987 to 1988 served as a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. From 1989 to 2000, she worked as a core faculty member of the graduate psychology program at Antioch University Seattle, where she continues to teach once a year as adjunct.
Dr. Hays's research has included work with Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian people living in the United States and with Arab Muslim women living in North Africa. Since 2000, she has been back in her hometown of Soldotna, Alaska, working in private practice and as a supervisor for the Kenaitze Tribe's Nakenu Family Center in Kenai, Alaska.
She conducts workshops internationally and can be reached at Dr. Pamela Hays.
—Midwest Book Review