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This review is from: Six Simple Rules for a Better Life: Practical, achievable ways to be happier, healthier and more... (Paperback)
A friend whose judgment I trust strongly recommended that I read this book. When it arrived I opened it to the Contents page. I thought, "Only six rules?" Each chapter is devoted to a rule. Chapter 1, Be Happy. The others were equally broad: Be Nice, Be a Leader, Be Organized, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Healthy...
At first I was skeptical. What could I possibly learn about being happy in a single chapter? What could I learn about being a leader?
Intrigued, I began reading. What I discovered is that Singer is a terrific writer. He communicates in a clear, conversational style that makes it seem as if author and reader are sitting in a living room chatting. He's a great storyteller. Each chapter is packed with stories, and the stories make his points convincingly. I soon realized that Singer isn't trying to break new ground. He's just focusing on the good stuff.
Having finished the first chapter, I thought, "Yes, if I do these things I have a great chance of being happy."
And so it went all the way through the book. Singer is a student of success and happiness. He's read most of the classics in the self-improvement genre, and he generously shares the best insights from these authors. Reading the book was like taking a short course in having a good life. And to get an A in the course, all I have to do is implement these reminders of good, commonsense advice.
The bottom line: Even if you've been reading books like this all your life, you should read this one as well. It brings all that wisdom back into focus and makes it fresh--in the most entertaining way possible.