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An eye-opening, actionable guide showing the key to achieving true, lasting happiness and fulfillment isn't by hunting for happiness at all, but by cultivating connection in our everyday lives. 

Discover the Key to Lasting Happiness by Cultivating Authentic Connection in Everyday Life

We are in the midst of an epidemic of loneliness. Though modern technology purports to “connect” us like never before, we live increasingly isolated and insulated lives, painfully disconnected from each other, from our values, and from ourselves. Indeed, almost 70 percent of Americans report they don’t have a single person they can confide in.

Rooted in established scientific findings, as well as her own expertise and clinical experience, Harvard-trained psychologist and connection researcher Dr. Kristine Klussman’s approach to well-being is simple and transformative. Klussman shows us that the way to achieve true happiness and fulfillment is not by striving toward them at all, but rather by cultivating connection in our everyday lives. As Klussman says, “Happiness is what we are all chasing, but connection, meaning, and a sense of purpose are the cravings that actually fulfill us and lead to enduring life satisfaction.”

Connection brings readers an eye-opening and actionable guide that teaches how to nurture your own self-knowledge and integrity—and how to use that knowledge to shape a life rich with meaning and purpose. With Connection, you will discover how to connect with yourself and to the world around you in deeper and more significant ways. Through experiential exercises and guided reflection, Klussman teaches readers how to live their best lives in alignment with their values, hopes and dreams.

“The beauty of connection theory is that you really only have to remember one thing in order to increase your ability to effect meaningful change across multiple dimensions of your life:” writes Klussman, “make achieving authentic connection your goal.” Connection will guide you in orienting your life around your soul’s deepest and most authentic truths. Join Dr. Kristine Klussman to discover the tranquility, comfort, and gratitude that arise when we are fully and consciously connected.

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Klussman’s theory of connection brings together the most powerful tools and techniques known to promote satisfaction and well-being, focusing on six key principles:

  • Connecting to your personal values
  • Connecting with meaning
  • Connecting with your life purpose
  • Connecting with your physical self
  • Connecting with your emotional self
  • Making time for connection
This is one of the best books on personal growth I’ve ever read. With warm encouragement and easy practical steps, Dr. Klussman brings us home to a natural connection, confidence, and ease. You can trust what she says since her path is grounded in science and she’s walked it herself. Clear, brilliant, and so hopeful, this book is a gem.”
- Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
In refreshingly skillful ways, Kristine invites us into deep connection and well-being underneath all our busy separate lives. This is a wise vision and a transformative way to awaken.”
- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
This is a remarkable handbook for transformation. Kristine offers life-changing insights on what true satisfaction looks and feels like. This message will light the way to the world we all want, a more just, sustainable and meaningful future for all.”
- Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money
The greatest pandemic in modern history is loneliness. We are so digitally ‘connected’ and yet many feel so disconnected within ourselves. This book is not just timely, it is essential. Kristine’s unique approach of blending science, practice and her own personal journey makes for a compelling read.”
- Philip McKernan, author of ONE LAST TALK: Why Your Truth Matters and How to Speak It
I think it is a very important addition to our understanding of how and why people metabolize challenges differently. It offers an important perspective for doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers... everyone in helping professions.”
- Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
Self-awareness, acceptance and alignment set the foundation for peace and joy. In this book, Dr. Kristine Klussman presents a beautiful roadmap to get you there.”
- Shannon Kaiser, author of The Self-Love Experiment and Joy Seeker

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Kristine Klussman, PhD, is a Harvard-trained positive health psychologist, researcher, author, speaker, clinical supervisor, instructor and member of the Palo Alto University faculty. She founded and directs Connection Lab, a psychology research center exploring tools to help people live more meaningful, values-driven, authentic lives. As an invited keynote and TEDx speaker, she shares her approach to wellbeing at conferences and workshops around the country. Her San Francisco-based private practice also offers individual connection coaching.