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Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Ray White
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Book Description

Don't wait until you reach success to become happier! Most of us are relatively happy, but we are also aware of a deep sense that we could be happier. We believe happiness will come when we reach certain goals in our lives like getting married, buying a new home, getting a raise, a promotion, or a new job. So we forego a little happiness today and this week so we can reach those goals sooner. Our challenge is the days and weeks turn into months and years. The goals we thought would make us happy turn out to be just milestones on a long journey, and our happiness does not materialize like we had hoped. Happiness in the form of a deep sense of contentment, satisfaction, and fulfillment seems to be missing. This book will help by providing a clear plan on how to choose happiness and then leverage that happiness to become even more successful. Don’t spend your life chasing success and hoping for happiness, learn how to connect happiness and success.

Connecting Happiness and Success is a guide to creating Success through Happiness. It includes 4 concepts you can implement to become happier and 3 concepts that teach you how to leverage that happiness to be successful. It includes practical applications, examples and activities.

From the Foreword:

Ray White is now providing clarity on the connection between happiness and success like no one ever has before. His book will not only give you a distinct advantage in your professional pursuits, but, more importantly, in that most elusive pursuit of all … the pursuit of happiness.

So many people go to great lengths to be successful, believing that from success comes happiness. Some cheat their health in exchange for wealth. Others shortchange relationships as they chase down promotions. In the name of “success,” many miss life altogether, its lessons, its experiences and its simple pleasures.

In this book, Ray shows that happiness actually comes before success, not after it. He spells out how the two are eternally bound, and he walks you through a methodology that will change the way you think about success, and life.

Ray lives a life of clarity and conviction. The pages before you make this abundantly clear. His research, experiences and approach are both unique and refreshing. From understanding the differences between pleasure and happiness, to identifying your unique and higher purpose, to defining success in a way that you have never attempted before, this book is a powerfully inspirational gift to anyone who reads it. As you read each page, commit to putting the principles and guidance to use. Let them catapult your results, to another level.

Let this be the day that you made happiness a powerful priority.

Tony Jeary, The Results Guy

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews

Debut author and businessman White presents a practical guide to connecting happiness and success.

White, a business leadership coach, develops a clear theme in this how-to book: “Success doesn’t lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.” The things we think will make us happier often don’t, he adds. Indeed, White says, Americans today confuse pleasure with happiness and are losing the ability to identify and maintain lasting happiness. His book aims to help people understand the connection between happiness and success by exploring seven key topics—differentiating between pleasure and happiness; taking control of one’s life; building positive relationships; seeking a higher purpose; defining success; clarifying and prioritizing goals; and implementing goals with discipline. According to White, happy people feel autonomous, practice gratitude, live in the moment, maintain positive relationships, practice kindness, pursue a purpose larger than self and connect meaning with their work. The last few chapters emphasize the importance of defining success, writing down one’s goals and realizing that success “is something we work on every day.” The book capably surveys many of the works of the top thinkers in the field, and although it lacks footnotes, it includes a good bibliography at the end. It is practical, easy to read, and bolstered by useful charts, tables and exercises that take readers through a step-by-step process of improving their lives. A lack of willpower is one of the greatest barriers to personal change, White argues, and his book offers helpful tips on self-motivation, such as using rituals to promote automatic actions and to encourage good habits. Many other self-help guides have advocated some of the ideas found in this one, including taking control of your life, and have offered similar practical tips, such as: “Buy a journal; and before you go to bed, take a few minutes to reflect on what you feel grateful for that day, and what went right.” But White adds value with an interactive website that has a feature called “Happiness Hacks”––containing 17 helpful reminders for linking happiness and success––and a free mobile app to track one’s happiness level.

A practical, follow-the-recipe approach to a better life, with some helpful Web-based resources for follow-through.


Review by Kathryn Bennett - 5 stars Reviewed By Kathryn Bennett for Readers’ Favorite

Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness by Ray White tells us not to wait until we reach success to become happier. Most of us are relatively happy people, but we are also well aware that we could be happier. There is a belief - thanks to society - that once we hit a certain amount of success in a raise, promotion, or a brand new job that we will hit a level of happiness that comes along with that. The truth is we can be happy now; chasing success for the sake of being happy is not a strategy that works. Look at a solid guide that will help you be happier now and find success through that happiness.

I admit I have been one of those people lately, hoping that once I hit a certain stride in my freelance writing career that I will be happier. Ray White has written a book that shed so much light onto changing my outlook. I honestly can see where I was going wrong and his guide opened my eyes wide. The book flows well and the steps are written out in a way that is so easy to implement I am going to be starting today. While the book is educational, it does not just spout the facts and keep them cold; it is engaging and the tone is friendly, which is something I responded to well. Out of the self help books I have read, I must say this is one of the best. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some answers.
Review by Mamta Madhavan - 5 stars Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness by Ray White is a good book that will guide readers in discovering happiness and success on a daily basis. In this book, the author describes a step by step process of how to work towards contentment, fulfillment and satisfaction. The author shares techniques and habits that will help readers practice happiness every day. The examples given by the author and the realistic approach toward the topic helps readers to change their perspective and bring a good balance in their lives. The first four sections of the book describe how to be happy and the last three focus on how to be successful.

The author's definition of happiness is indeed very helpful. The difference between pleasure and happiness is also reviewed by the author. The chart depicting how pleasure can connect and disconnect with happiness is quite interesting. The theme is so perfect and relevant in today's times and the mix of advice and science has been handled well. The book is beneficial, uplifting and useful to all readers. It tells you how to take control of your life and develop positive relationships. All the charts, tables and exercises make it an interactive guide. This is a book that will definitely touch lives.

Review by Suzanne Cowles - 5 stars Reviewed By Suzanne Cowles for Readers’ Favorite

Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success through Happiness by Ray White is a thought-provoking guide to happiness. In twenty-two detailed chapters, White examines what happiness really is, why it is important to success and how to get it. A sound theory based on extensive research proves that happiness leads to success. While the two concepts are interrelated, workaholics show that hard work achieves goals, but does not necessarily make people happy. Focusing on a plan for happiness provides the motivation, positive habits and energy needed to feel satisfied, content and fulfilled. Throughout the book are seven concepts aimed at helping victims of the rat-race change their way of thinking. White’s awe-inspiring reflection on a common problem plaguing society takes a fresh look at the daily practices that can lead to happiness. Used as a tool for success, this manual includes chapter exercises that assist in aligning values, visualizing dreams, measuring goals and living a higher purpose.

Ray White in Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success through Happiness inspires a powerful self-reflection, resulting in a personal inventory of authentic mindfulness. Anyone with a desire to grow and change will benefit from reading this fascinating book. As a veteran leadership coach, White lays the foundation for better living. This empowering book would make the perfect gift for a high school or college graduate who is just starting out in their career. This how-to-guide redefines success and provides an easy to follow roadmap for priority implementation and autonomy. Eliminate stress, take control of your life today and live the vision of a better you. Pick up a copy of Connecting Happiness and Success by Ray White to choose happiness and become an instant success.

Review by Teodora Totorean - 5 stars Reviewed By Teodora Totorean for Readers’ Favorite

Connecting Happiness and Success by Ray White starts from the premise that happiness hasn’t got anything to do with money and the idea of success is relative, depending on what people want from life. Many surveys show that money doesn’t make people happy but activities that serve a higher purpose make them feel authentic. White deconstructs the myth of happiness through material things as well as measuring happiness through frugal pleasures. Understanding the difference between pleasure and happiness; taking control of their lives by doing things they want to do and not things that family, friends and society expect them to do; finding a higher purpose and working daily towards it - these are the necessary steps that anyone can take in order to achieve happiness. As for success, this is relative as everyone has their own definition of success, but the idea is that people don’t have to wait until that moment comes in order to be happy; they can use their happiness as a tool to achieve success.

Connecting Happiness and Success by Ray White is enjoyable and easy to read, written in a conversational tone. There are many case studies and examples from real people as well as from studies that help clarify some ideas within the book. The chapters are well organized and there are many exercises throughout the book that help readers implement the concepts explained in each chapter. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about how to exercise your will power and how to form a new habit, and the exercises that accompany them are more than useful. I recommend this book to anyone who feels that there is more to life than their career or material goals, as well as to anyone who wants to change their life for the better.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4181 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692216065
  • Publisher: Xilo Media (June 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only regret is not reading this book sooner! May 29, 2014
By Mannix
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My only regret is not picking this book up earlier. I'm not much of a reader so it took A LOT to sit down and open the cover but once I did...I was hooked! After chasing money for decades and failing to find happiness I figured considering other alternatives was worth a shot. This book really lays it out, some of Ray's examples are examples that I can directly relate to which I found to make this book much more meaningful than most 'self-help' books out there. The chapters are fairly short and the reading varies, while not overly technical still has plenty of science to back up his statements.

Another really cool feature of his book are the activities that help people like me sit down and actually map out what he's saying, being able to tie it all together and apply it to our daily lives.

Having purchased on Amazon for years this is one of the very few purchases I've found worth leaving a review for.

Great read and well worth it! Good luck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 9, 2014
This book has helped motivate me to focus on my work/life balance by focusing on finding happiness and success on more of a daily basis rather than focusing on it being a long-term goal. This ultimately makes for long-term happiness and also success, which is just a side effect of the happiness. I highly recommend reading this book and practicing what it preaches on a daily basis.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and results June 14, 2014
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Reading this book, I found myself reflecting on every stage of my career and the key decisions along the way. I more deeply understood things that went extremely well, and things that blew up. Ray's writing style made it easy to consume a lot of concepts theoretically and then clearly understand their practical applications.

If you're putting off happiness for later to be successful now, I highly recommend reading this book. Ray shows how even a small change in perspective can help you get where you want to be faster and make the entire journey more rewarding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It made me happier as soon as I started reading it and continues to be an ongoing resource. The authors approach really resonates with me. Happiness doesn't come easy at first for a lot of people, especially highly driven individuals. It takes a little work to develop the right perspective and understanding of what happiness is and to understand you can and should be happy now. The authors process, using real world examples and a realistic approach, really makes becoming happier attainable and sustainable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! July 4, 2014
By Mike
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“Success doesn’t lead to happiness, happiness leads to success.”

It’s an odd concept. Let’s face it, it’s an unspoken rule in society that if we want to “succeed” in life, we need to work as hard as we can and do whatever it takes- and, hopefully, happiness will come afterward.

But that’s not exactly true. Author Ray White explains that happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of living. It’s also a choice; one that, when implemented, can help to catapult us into success with our business, our family, and our relationships.

In Connecting Happiness and Success, you will learn proven habits and techniques that will teach you how to be happy first, and then use that happiness to achieve even greater success down the road.

The book is divided into seven sections, with the first four explaining how you can be happier, and the final three teaching you how to become more successful. It covers topics such as learning the difference between happiness and pleasure, tips for taking control of your life, the power of gratitude, and how to be more mindful in our actions. You will also learn how happiness (and stress) impact your health, as well as those around you.

Packed full of exercises, charts, and tables, this book is an interactive guide that is both easy to follow, and simple to implement. I loved how the methods are customizable to suit your individual desires and goals, and found a lot of the concepts to be utterly fascinating. Connecting Happiness and Success is a great resource for anyone who is looking to improve an aspect of their lives, whether work, family, relationships, or simply to get more enjoyment out of life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is a guidebook for learning how to live happily as well as being successful. Its goal is to help understand how happiness and success are connected, and provide specific actions to take to achieve them on a daily basis.

It is generally thought that success brings happiness. The truth is that happiness should come first. Both are intertwined and the actions you take to make yourself happy will inevitably bring you success. Culture conditions us to chase success and to fight through being unhappy, rather than make happiness a daily habit.

You should do small things every day that eventually lead to milestones of success during your lifetime. You must learn to take control of your life, build positive relationships, and identify your own higher purpose. Once you define what success means to you, and prioritize your actions to achieve it, all that’s left is to implement the discipline to get you there.

I like the way the author broke each step down, and listed tasks to do. It was very easy to understand. I feel like I have a road-map for my own achievement now.
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Ray's Higher Purpose and Definition of Success are helping people be happy and successful. He wakes up at 5 am every morning to work on his blogs or books before starting the day with his paying job in advertising. Ray White has been married for 25 years and has 3 wonderful teenagers. He is a C-Level executive with 30 years of business experience helping start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies improve performance and profitability by focusing on developing successful employees. Ray speaks and teaches business classes on Leadership, Happiness,and Success at all levels of the business hierarchy from new employees to C-Level executives. Ray is on the board of and the University of North Texas Professional Leadership Program. You can find more information about Ray and Connecting Happiness and Success at


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