HAPPY: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life,by Ian K. Smith, M.D. St. Martin's Press, $23.99,

232 pp.


Ian K. Smith, bestselling diet book doctor and host of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, now turns his attention to getting us happy.

His epiphany: On his Indonesian honeymoon, a hotel employee driving him across the resort - just so he could connect to the Internet at midnight - made him wake up to the emptiness of his busy, materialistic life.

This book draws from research in the growing field of positive psychology.



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He'll help you devise "Your Happy Plan" - discovering what makes you happy, be it time with family, time alone, time in nature.


Most of Smith's suggestions aren't new - every Oprah Winfrey fan, for example, knows about keeping a gratitude journal. But he might just help you learn to stop the world and get off - at least for a little while.