How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use

How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use

by Randy J. Paterson, PhD Author

Have you been working toward being a pro at being miserable? It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, and chances are, you’re already doing it! Studies show that repeating specific behaviors can actually increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from your quality of life. There are stacks upon stacks of self-help books that will promise you love, happiness, and a fabulous life. But how can you pinpoint the exact behaviors that cause you to be miserable in the first place? Sometimes when we’re depressed, or just sad or unhappy, our instincts tell us to do the opposite of what we should—such as focusing on the negative, dwelling on what we can’t change, isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones, eating junk food, or overindulging in alcohol. Sound familiar? In this amusingly irreverent guide, psychologist Randy Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you may yet join the ranks of happy people everywhere. You’ll learn to spot the tried-and-true traps that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from our quality of life—as well as ways to avoid them.