Books From A to Z – Happiness The Art of Living With Peace Confidence and Joy

I’m reviewing Happiness The Art of Living With Peace, Confidence and Joy for NetGalley. I received the book in exchange for an honest review.

In the midst of a successful business career, Doug Smith received life-altering news that set him on an entirely new journey to understand what leads to truly joyful, meaningful living—-in other words, what leads to happiness. Through research and study he begins to understand what the most joyful among us have in common is that they remember the past with peace, anticipate the future with confidence and live in the present with joy and exuberance. He further discovers that what gives them this perspective is a set of skills that they consistently, even if subconsciously, practice. He also realizes that he is not particularly good at several of these skills. In Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy the author recounts, with insight and humor his journey to better understand and practice the skills of happiness with the goal of helping others on their own paths to joyful, meaningful living.

My views:  This is definitely the kind of book I like to read – writing that comes from the author’s experience, which he then turns into a learning/teaching opportunity for others. Happiness is a subject close to my heart and I have a read a lot on it. What set this book apart for me, is how Douglas Smith talked about ‘skills that lead to happiness’. Now that was something new for me. To see things like forgiveness and faith as skills makes it easier for me to see them as ‘things I can acquire/ do’. Though the whole book deals with how he worked on his own ‘skills’ to be happier, the skills summary at the end is something I could keep going back to.





We’re taking part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.

About CorinneRodrigues

A Mumbai-based blogger, writer, motivator - journeying happily through midlife. I blog here and on Write Tribe and From 7Eight. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+


  1. I have the book! Yet to read it. Next on my list, now that I read your review. The blurb appealed to me very much!

  2. I haven’t read the book yet… Loved reading your thoughts on it …Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  3. The books sounds like something I would really enjoy: happiness and life experiences.

    Thanks for the review, Corinne.

  4. Skills for happiness….that does sound intriguing and, as you say, achievable too at the same time. Thanks for this helpful review.

  5. When one speaks from experience, it makes the book all the more worthwhile to read.
    Thanks for this review, Corinne.

  6. Great review Corinne…now I need to read this book too. The concept of ‘happiness’ skills makes perfect sense to me. The practice we have of seeing life contributes to our experiences and we might as well practice things that lead to happier living. 🙂

  7. The ‘Skills that lead to happiness’ certainly got my attention. How interesting to think of it that way. Must look for this book! Thanks, Corinne.

  8. Sounds interesting…the highlight point is Art of living, the most important ingredient of happiness….nice review

  9. Since I’ve nominated 2014 as the year in which I seek out happiness this is one book i need to read. Will check it out.

  10. Great review. It makes me want to read that book which sounds very good. I’m always open to reading books that guide me on how to live life with more happiness and gratitude as it sure doesn’t come naturally.

  11. I read your post a couple times to absorb what you said about the book. It sounds like a must read. Thank you

    Carol @ Battered Hope

  12. The skills to achieve happiness are so simple, faith and forgiveness. I think I have read about this book earlier and thought of reading it. Your review is very interesting and is tempting me to get this book.

  13. Thanks for the review, Corinne 🙂
    Will check it out..

  14. I love to read books like this, so I’m going to have to add this one to my TBR list asap! Thank you for sharing, Corinne!

  15. Wonderful to note that H is immediately conjuring up Happiness for us 🙂 This book seems to be a nice one as it comes from the experience of the writer. Thanks for sharing, Corinne 🙂

  16. So many books so little time!!!! The book looks promising from your review!!

  17. hmmm.. interesting.
    Happiness is such a mystery isn’t it?!
    just like love.. 2 fascinating emotions..


  1. […] Whoever said that happiness was easy, huh? Seems to be a lot of hard work! You’ll find an interesting perspective on the ‘skills of happiness’ in a book I recently reviewed – Happiness: The Art of Living With Peace Joy And Confidence. […]

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