A Course in Happiness: Mastering the 3 Levels of Self-Understanding That Lead to True and Lasting Contentment : For many, getting in touch with that elusive thing called "happiness" is rarely simple - and achieving any kind of lasting happiness can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Perhaps what we need is an education on the subject . . . A Course in Happiness. In this book, Mardi Horowitz draws on more than forty years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist to provide readers with just this. According to Dr. Horowitz, happiness is essentially a by-product of self-knowledge; in order to be happy, we need to understand who we truly are. In A Course in Happiness, he details a deeply rewarding course in mastering the three levels of self-understanding that underlie happiness: Integration: the ability to assemble all the pieces of one's self into a whole, complete, understood, and respected "me." Intimacy: the capacity to remain closely connected to the warmth of relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and others in a social community. Integrity: the insight to know which of one's values are most dear and which are lower in priority - and then to be true to what is the most important, even in the midst of conflict. A Course in Happiness offers a road map for achieving genuine and lasting contentment.