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Available as an EBook here. Cover Spiritual Intelligence-A Practical Guide for Personal Happiness
Spiritual Intelligence A Practical Guide for Personal Happiness

by Khalil S. Khavari, Ph. D.

One of the original books with this title. Copied, but in my opinion, never as accessible and user-friendly as this one. Continues to help many people with sound, down-to-earth language and advice.

The key to life-long self-control: putting yourself in charge of how you think, Dr. Khalil Khavarihow you feel and how you behave. Controlling how you think will determine your beliefs, your values and the way you process information. Controlling how you feel will allow you to be the one who decides your emotions and the way you respond to the events in your life. Controlling your behavior will help you to avoid the missteps that cause you sorrow and to do the things that bring you joy. "Human happiness is founded upon spiritual behavior." Spiritual Intelligence empowers you to assert self-control and achieve personal happiness.

The Art of Happiness-the Indonesian translation

Released in Indonesia as The Art of Happiness

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ISBN: 9781896331546 | WMPub# 1038 | 6" x 9" | 275 page paperback | $24.95 CDN


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"In Spiritual Intelligence, Dr. Khalil Khavari has woven theory, research, and literature from a variety of perspectives and cultural traditions into a wonderfully insightful, thought-provoking argument for the importance of living as a spiritually intelligent being. He advocates balancing our material pursuits with our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth so that we may be happy in spite of circumstances and not because of them; 'it isn't what we have that counts, its what we do with what we have.' His description of religious faith as a love affair between God and humanity is deeply touching. The stories, parables, self-tests, and practical suggestions offer important beginning steps toward spending our time here on earth in a more spiritually enriched way."

Dr. June Clausen, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist in private practice and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco.

"Spiritual Intelligence is a gentle reminder that it is intelligent to be spiritual. Dr. Khavari interweaves folk tales and a variety of religious traditions to underscore the point that the word 'religion' comes from roots which mean to 'tie together,' that the spiritual involves not only faith, prayer and values, but also obligations to and support from others."

David Spiegel, M.D. Professor, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

"In his book Spiritual Intelligence, Dr. Khavari challenges superficial concepts of happiness and offers new and penetrating insights into the nature of human reality and the eternal quest for happiness. Blending psychological and spiritual analysis of human potential for fulfillment with practical suggestions, delightful stories and metaphors, the book is a thought-provoking and valuable guide to a topic in which many people are interested. The book covers a vast range of issues intimately related to personal growth and happiness and provides new ideas on as well as tools relevant to the subject. The author's personal reflections on the topic are refreshing and his holistic approach to this important field of life is commendable."

A.M. Ghaderian, M.D. F.R.C.P (C) Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

3

PART I

Chapter 1

THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

13

Can we be happy?

17

What is spiritual intelligence?

20

Chapter 2

SPIRITUALITY AND HAPPINESS

25

A glance at ourselves

27

A spiritual view of our nature

29

Test your spiritual intelligence

29

What are we, really?

31

Religion

39

Understanding the soul

44

Life and death

47

Conscience, sin and forgiveness

49

Hell and heaven

52

Planning ahead

54

Chapter 3

THE MIND AND HAPPINESS

57

Evolving of the mind

62

The operating mind

64

The mind and reality

66

Programming the mind

71

Soul-mind-body interactions

73

Chapter 4

SELF-UNDERSTANDING AND HAPPINESS

75

Pleasure and pain

77

Self-control and happiness

81

Attitude and happiness

82

Respect and happiness

85

Chapter 5

CONTRIBUTORS TO HAPPINESS

89

Money and success

89

Age and gender

90

Intelligence, community and sex

91

Health and connectedness

91

Religion

91

Love and marriage

91

Job satisfaction

94

Inner happiness

94

Chapter 6

LOVE AND HAPPINESS

97

Forms of love

97

The forces of love and hate

103

Chapter 7

PRAYER AND HAPPINESS

107

Thinking before praying

109

Prayer by itself is not enough

109

Prayer as a steering mechanism

110

Answer to prayers

110

Prayer is balm to the soul

111

What to pray for?

112

A fable about praying

114

Some sample prayers

115

Prayers and healing

117

Chapter 8

VIRTUES AND HAPPINESS

119

Help in acquisition of virtues

122

A metaphor about virtue

123

List of virtues

124

The virtue of moral standards

124

The virtue of humility

125

The virtue of contentment

125

The virtue of serving others

126

The virtue of moderation

127

The virtue of perseverance and patience

128

The virtue of wisdom

129

The virtue of sacrifice

130

The virtue of saying no

130

Chapter 9

HARDSHIP AND HAPPINESS

133

Types of sufferings

134

A fable about suffering

135

A personal story on suffering

135

Expectations and suffering

139

Tests versus ordeals

140

Objective and subjective pain

140

Blessings and misfortunes

141

Lessons of hardship

142

The challenge of a handicap

142

Psychological pain

143

The joy of discipline

145

Health and illness

146

PART II

Chapter 10

DEALING WITH FEELINGS

151

Memories and feelings

153

Forming impressions

155

Bottling up hurts

157

Misunderstanding and hurt feelings

157

Promoting emotional well-being

158

People and feelings

162

Dealing with others' feelings

163

Taking charge and happiness

163

Self-validation (exercise)

164

Inducing good feelings

164

Enhancing good feelings (exercise)

165

Journeys of joy (exercise)

166

Beautifying (exercise)

168

Self-appreciation

168

Laughter (exercise)

170

Advantages for laughter and humor

170

Emotional cleansing (exercise)

171

Rational cleansing (exercise)

172

Chapter 11

HANDLING ANGER, FRUSTRATION AND GUILT

175

Harnessing anger

175

Measuring your anger

178

Handling anger in ourselves

179

Handling anger in others

180

Mishandling anger

181

Subduing anger (exercise)

184

Dealing with frustration

184

Coping with guilt

185

Handling guilt (exercise)

187

Chapter 12

REDUCING STRESS

189

Test your stress level

189

Classes of stress

190

The well-being account

192

Others' stress

192

Mishandling stress

193

Danger signs of stress

195

Sources of stress

196

Three ways to deal with stress

196

Mental toughening (exercise)

198

Unloading burdens (exercise)

199

Chapter 13

MANAGING ANXIETY

203

Security Issues

203

Strategies for coping with anxiety

205

Defensive coping with anxiety

206

Healthy coping with anxiety

207

Mental fatigue

209

Reducing mental fatigue

210

The key prayer

211

Reducing anxiety (exercise)

211

Chapter 14

THE SOCIAL CHALLENGE

213

Dealing with people

213

Friendship and happiness

216

Rules of good relationship

223

Chapter 15

COMMUNICATION, WORD POWER AND CONSULTATION

225

The challenge of communicating

225

The power of words

228

Practicing consultation

234

Consultation attitudes and practices

235

Essential steps of consultation

236

Chapter 16

RULES, SOCIAL PROGRESS AND PREJUDICE

239

Obsession with rules

239

Progress and personal happiness

240

The misery of prejudice

243

Attractions of prejudice

243

Some features of prejudice

244

The toll of prejudice

245

Chapter 17

PROBLEM-SOLVING

247

What is a problem?

247

Thinking and problem-solving

247

Confidence and success

248

Seeing opportunities

249

Problem-solving procedure

249

Problem-solving case I (exercise)

249

Problem-solving case II (exercise)

250

Handling people-problems

251

Chapter 18

PERSONAL CARE

253

Dealing with eating

253

Overeating test

254

Managing sleep

255

Tips for Going to sleep

256

Dealing with time pressures

258

Organizing free time

259

Having goals

260

Managing finances

260

Exercising

262

Chapter 19

SELF-DEVELOPMENT

263

What to do?

265

Self-evaluation inventory (exercise)

267

Guideline for a spiritual being

268

REFERENCES

270