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.
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