Wednesday 17 April 2013

Book ~ "The Happiness Handbook A User's Manual For Living Your Extraordinary" (2012) Jennifer Flaa

From Goodreads ~ We arrive on this planet naked and without operating instructions. We live our lives and learn from trial and error (lots of errors) what works, what doesn't work, what makes us happy and what pisses us off.

Each new person that comes into our lives gets no user's manual and has to figure us out the hard way. But what if we changed the rules? What if we wrote our own user's manual, The Happiness Handbook, about what makes us tick and gave it to the people we love most?

Imagine how that would change our interactions and our lives. People would begin to do what makes us happy and ... we would be happy! If someone received our Happiness Handbook and chose not to follow it, well then, we could choose not to hang out with them more quickly.

The Happiness Handbook is about empowering the reader to discover their own unique ways of being that lead to unlocking their full potential and becomes their guide for leading the extraordinary life they were born to fulfill.

The Happiness Handbook is written in a warm, friendly and informal tone; as if a girl friend were guiding the reader through their process of self discovery. Peppered with humbling, humorous anecdotes and stories; the reader has a practical, seasoned guide and partner in crime as they work the exercises and use the tools to move from unhappy to happy!

This book a journey of self-discovery to find your happiness with the author as your guide. It covers many things including the three steps to the Road to Happiness and worksheets and exercises to figure out what makes you happy, what makes you tick, what bugs you, etc.

Here's a great lesson from the book:
In an old Native American story, a grandfather explains to his grandson that there are two wolves doing battle inside of him. One wolf is unforgiving, mean and unhappy, and the other wolf is compassionate, friendly and happy. The grandson’s eyes widen, and he asks which wolf will win. “The one I feed,” replies the grandfather. 

Yes, it's a lot of work to read this book and complete all the exercises but I think it will be worth it for you in the end.


Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part of the tour and your thought provoking review.

Jenn Flaa said...

Thanks Teena for reviewing The Happiness Handbook and for sharing it with your peeps. Glad you liked it!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Good review, thanks. I enjoy following the tour. Stop by my blog on Friday for another point of view.
Dr. Bill at Dr. Bill's Book Bazaar ;-)