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The Nine Rooms of Happiness

By Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf MD’95

There always seems to be something that doesn’t measure up to our high standards and we let the dissatisfaction distract us from taking pleasure in everything that is going right. Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of Self magazine, and Catherine Birndorf MD’95, women’s-health psychiatrist and Self columnist (see Brown Medicine, Winter 2009), use the metaphor of a house to examine this phenomenon. They pinpoint common self-destructive patterns of behavior and offer key processes that help readers clean up their “emotional architecture.” Once each room is “clean,” Danziger and Birndorf help the reader “live a happier, more joy-filled life, in every room of [their] emotional house.”

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