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The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom Paperback – August 26, 2010
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She is one of the few individuals in America who was raised as a Humanist and she brings her delightful sense of humor, creativity, and compassion combined with a no-nonsense approach to all of her work and her coaching. She will help you focus on what really matters in your life and will teach you the practical skills you need to live your life the way you know you should be: ethically, compassionately and responsibly.
To learn more about her visit her website at http://www.jen-hancock.com
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Top Customer Reviews
The author also advises readers not to become romantically involved with anyone who does not have a good relationship with their parent of the opposite sex. I find blanket statements such as this to be less than compassionate and most certainly not always good advice.
If you need very basic advice about how to behave well as a human, this book may be of some use. If you are looking for more detailed information on humanist philosophy, you may be disappointed.
Before reading this book i would never have called myself a humanist, but as i read i realized that i was already embracing much of the philosophy. I'd expected to disagree with at least some of the author's conclusions and advice. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of what she wrote was very inclusive, and that the general principles she presented were consistent with my own personal ethics. If you already identify as a humanist, or if -- more generally -- you place more value on humans and humanity than you do in dogma and institutions, you will likely find "Approach" gives insight into not only how you are already living your life, but also into how you might live it more fully and consistently.
This book has something to offer to many groups of people. There are parts on dating, relationships, and sex. There's a chapter on addictions, whether the reader has one or knows someone who does. The author shares her thoughts on education, on family, even on driving. And most of it comprises little things, tiny changes in attitude or mindset, which can help you live life more happily and thereby increase the happiness of those around you.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I suspect even devout religious folk will find a lot of practical wisdom in this book, and no amount of quibbling over details can nullify that wisdom.
Can I just say? This book is a MUST READ. And here's why. The Humanist Approach to Happiness advocates taking personal responsibility for our own happiness and gives us the tools to achieve it. The author outlines the three basic elements one must have to be happy: compassion, ethics, and responsibility. She then applies those three traits in other areas to illustrate how happiness can be obtained. The book is outlined in a concise manner with a logical flow. Each chapter is consistently organized with a brief definition of the concept discussed, interesting and thought-provoking quotes, and real-life application examples that are easily understood by the target audience - teens and up.
I love the first five chapters in which the book stays closely on message. Those chapters I will earmark for future discussions with my children and reference often as I navigate the character-education part of parenthood. The quotes included will most likely end up taped to my children's bedroom walls. And the practical advice such as how to handle your money, dealing with relationships and grief, and respecting one's elders - to name a few - is excellent. To adhere to them is to improve your quality of life and happiness quotient.
The book does wander off into subjective territory in the chapter "Reality-Based Decision Making". While the content holds true to the Humanist position, it is the one area of the book that will potentially cause non-Humanists to tune out. One example is that it encourages the reader to ignore the possibility of the supernatural.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good read for anyone that is a human, full of thoughtful ideas for everyone to apply to their own lives.Published on January 29, 2014 by Dana Hamilton
I loved this book! Jennifer Hancock packs a lot of common sense wisdom in this small book. You don't have to be a Humanist to agree that what she writes is good advise for anyone. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
A succinct primer and description of how humanists can lead happy, ethical and fulfilling lives, even without theistic support. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by E. Tannenbaum
I enjoyed The Humanist Approach to Happiness very much. As a 47-year old adult, I'm glad to say that throughout the years I've utilized much of the advice from this book. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by CJDChicago
I purchased The Humanist Approach to Happiness (Kindle) after hearing Jennifer Hancock on the Skepticality podcast. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Charles Cthulhu
To share the wisdom of this book with my Youth Group in church. But, already, it's wisdom and clarity of thought are giving us much to consider and explore. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by B. Pelham