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Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World Through Doing Good Paperback – March 5, 2013
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“How did a native New Yorker who grew up in Miami end up the wealthiest woman in the Middle East and one of the most powerful people on the planet? Shari Arison’s overwhelming philanthropic generosity will inspire you, encourage you, and show you how to take your own leap of faith from ordinary to phenomenal.”- Deepak Chopra, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Spiritual Solutions
“I believe that Shari Arison can play a crucial role in our achieving world peace.”- Brian L. Weiss, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters
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"Think good, speak good, do good."
Author, philanthropist, and business woman Shari Arison challenges us to imagine a world where goodness is the core driver of behavior. Through sharing her life story and her personal mission to enhance goodness in the world, Arison is taking that vision and creating a "goodness-based" reality.
"Activate Your Goodness" lays out a simple plan to positively impact the world, starting with ourselves. Once we understand what goodness is, and then are good to ourselves, we can expand to family, community and country. She then helps us pause and reflect on the impact of our goodness, so far. Arison then gently guides us toward doing good for humanity and our planet. Again, she then helps us pause to reflect on the transformation we experience while doing good for others. Lastly, Arison challenges readers to perform mindful good deeds not only on International Good Deeds Day (March 10), but to choose goodness every day.
This is one of those little books of inspiration that I enjoy. With personal stories of challenge and blessing peppered throughout, Shari Arison presents doing good as an achievable pursuit with deep and lasting results. Her passion is easily revealed and simply encouraged in readers on each page.
If you want to "Activate Your Goodness," this book is a great place to start.
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher. However, in no way did they attempt to influence the content of this review. The opinion expressed is entirely my own.)
I expected to be razzle dazzled by this book, especially after reading all the endorsements. And in many ways, it is impressive. Ms. Arison survived a challenging childhood, three marriages and divorces and came out of it all, transformed and with a strong desire to do service for the greater good.
Her father was the founder of Carnival Cruise Lines and she makes it clear that he struggled financially for many years before he succeeded in business. Ms. Arison served on the Board of Directors for her father's company and started The Arison Foundation. In 2007, she created "Good Deeds Day" in Israel and it has since gone worldwide.
I have to admit though that I was expecting something different from this book. Looking forward to some author introspection, I was surprised when Ms. Arison delivered only a small chapter on her childhood and nothing on her (three!) marriages or divorces. Her words at one point were this: "I felt that for years, in order for people to understand me, I had to bang my head against the wall. I managed to move a few walls and break a few glass ceilings, but I began to feel overwhelmed, tired, and sick. " That's about as deep as she goes with her own personal feelings.
The rest of the book tells us how to do good for ourselves, our family, our community and for humanity. The rewards of doing for others are endless and I agree with this. Ms. Arison has examples of powerful, motivating situations and chronicles them in a simple, friendly manner. If you belong to a group or organization looking for positive ways to integrate into a community in a more service oriented fashion, this book could be very helpful.
Though overall I was not impressed by her writing, I was impressed by what Ms. Arison has accomplished and what she continues to stand for in her life. Best wishes to her for continued success with "Good Deeds Day."
And of course, here is my disclosure per Hay House. I get to choose the book I wish to review, it is given to me free of charge, and I am not compensated for my endorsement of this book. This review is my personal opinion.
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