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A Private History of Happiness: Ninety-Nine Moments of Joy from Around the World Hardcover – August 24, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BlueBridge (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933346515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933346519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is more than a book, it is a celebration. . . . Across the barriers of time and culture, it collects for us in the simplest, most restful, most seductive way, the goodness of what it is for us to experience life as sentient human beings." —Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours


"This book is about moments when we are surprised by quiet joy in the everyday wonders of the world. . . . Overflowing with the simple pleasures of life, this is a book to take with you on your travels and to bring home like a friend." —J. Edward Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, author, If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?


"It turns out that unpretentious, small joys have been shared by human beings across cultures and over thousands of years; in his sensitive commentaries, Myerson brings these precious past moments back to life, and into our lives." —Harry Eyres, columnist, Financial Times


"It can be said of few books that they make the world a less lonely place: this is one. Read it and be inspired, delighted and cheered; give it and create more happiness.' —Clare Brant, professor, King's College London, author, Eighteenth-Century Letters and British Culture

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*A Private History of Happiness* offers a fresh look at happiness that belonged to particular days as they were lived by real people—across many centuries and from around the world—and shows how these women and men experienced their varied moments of joy. From many written sources, notably personal diaries, letters, memoirs, and other life records, it presents a selection of ninety-nine vivid moments that really were happy. Each passage, each voice is different, full of a particular life with all its lights and shadows, and we are invited by these individuals to share what was specific to their joyful experiences—a place, a time, a relationship.
The ninety-nine moments of happiness are arranged by themes—Morning, Friendship, Garden, Family, Leisure, Nature, Food and Drink, Well-Being, Creativity, Love, and Evening—and each is followed by a brief description and commentary that encourages further reflection and exploration. The passages come from writers in North America and Europe, as well as in China and Japan, North Africa and India, and they remind us of the universal side of our being and our common capability of happiness.
Instead of advocating the latest guide or formula to achieve happiness, *A Private History of Happiness* presents a wider perspective on everyday moments of joy in different times and cultures—and invites us to discover the happiness in our own lives that can be found right here and now.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on April 6, 2013
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Happiness is such a relative emotion. We often confuse it with joy, but happiness is on a level all its own. This book is about the memories of people who have found happiness and they share those moments in a way that encourages you to find your own. Some find happiness in simple pleasures while others find in in traveling to exotic places. This book will inspire and delight you as you seek to create your own happiness
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Riley Leyden on November 17, 2013
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Beautiful, uplifting compilation of journal entries, letters, and stories of people from different centuries, from all over the world, who experienced joy, sometimes in large measure, and sometimes through the littlest of things. Reading this book is in itself a private moment of happiness as it lifts the spirit, inspires gratitude, and demonstrates how unique every life is, how precious every life is.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane E. Phillips on February 25, 2014
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Quick delivery, well packaged, excellent quality and price. It is much better to cook with the blanched super fine almond flour and thus us nit easily available in local retailers.
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