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.