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Andrea F. Polard, Psy.D.
Andrea F. Polard, Psy.D. is the author of A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life. Her background is extensive, including Humanistic, System-oriented, and Cognitive-Behavioral psychology, Zen Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness. Dr. Polard has studied at the Freie University Berlin, Germany, researching creativity as well as non-verbal expressions, especially the smile, utilizing the "Facial Action Coding System". She has become an independent researcher in the subject of happiness, a scholar of Eastern thought, and the founder of the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology in Pacific Palisades, CA where she practices and teaches the new approach of Zen Psychology.
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Most people know that happiness is not power, money, or pleasure, but something deeper and more sustainable. In the age of anxiety, it is harder than ever to home into our inner peace and the love for life. Happiness is the ability to say "Yes" to what ever life brings. When we are able to engage in the flow of life fully with the tools revealed in the book, we start sharpen our sense of existence with the amazing tools of Western and Eastern thought.