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Connecting Happiness and Success Paperback – May 27, 2014
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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.
Ray White is now providing clarity on the connection between happiness and success like no one ever has before. His book will not only give you a distinct advantage in your professional pursuits, but, more importantly, in that most elusive pursuit of all ... the pursuit of happiness. So many people go to great lengths to be successful, believing that from success comes happiness. Some cheat their health in exchange for wealth. Others shortchange relationships as they chase down promotions. In the name of success, many miss life altogether, its lessons, its experiences and its simple pleasures. In this book, Ray shows that happiness actually comes before success, not after it. He spells out how the two are eternally bound, and he walks you through a methodology that will change the way you think about success, and life. Ray lives a life of clarity and conviction. The pages before you make this abundantly clear. His research, experiences and approach are both unique and refreshing. From understanding the differences between pleasure and happiness, to identifying your unique and higher purpose, to defining success in a way that you have never attempted before, this book is a powerfully inspirational gift to anyone who reads it. As you read each page, commit to putting the principles and guidance to use. Let them catapult your results, to another level. Let this be the day that you made happiness a powerful priority. --Tony Jeary, The Results Guy
In Connecting Happiness and Success, Ray provides a step by step process in pursuing happiness and creates a link to drive success. Ray teaches that while many of us chase success in order to be happy, Happiness comes first. --Wayne Irwin, Intel
Ray White is a master of simplicity. He clearly explains the relationship between happiness and success and debunks the lifelong myth that happiness can only be attained after reaching an illusive point of success. This is a book that will help anyone whether they are a fortune 500 CEO or a student attending high school. A true gift that will keep on giving. --Ali Merchant, Gap Inc.
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.
Reviewed By Si Ning Yeoh for Readers’ Favorite
Ray White’s Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness is an interesting self-help guide on how to reassess your life and change it for the better. White poses the compelling argument that we should focus upon happiness rather than success as, contrary to what many assume, happiness does not follow success. As most people’s definition of success is heavily flawed, we spend far too much time toiling after unattainable goals of wealth and fame and end up discontented and unhappy with our current lot in life. White proposes that to combat this we should instead realize that success follows happiness, and so appreciate and enhance the various facets in our lives which are vital to happiness.
Just the act of reading Ray White’s Connecting Happiness and Success will make you feel motivated to turn your thoughts and actions around to be more positive. While the concepts and practices that White lays out are nothing new, the various academic studies researching the subject of happiness that he references are fascinating - they certainly show that he knows his material well and lend much credence to his arguments on the need for people to redefine their assumptions relating to success and happiness. I also found the many anecdotes that he relates highly entertaining, as they gave his book a nice personal touch. The book further includes many interactive activities and suggestions which will give you a helpful boost in making happiness and thereby success a part of your life. All in all, it was an insightful read.
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It is generally thought that success brings happiness. The truth is that happiness should come first. Both are intertwined and the actions you take to make yourself happy will inevitably bring you success. Culture conditions us to chase success and to fight through being unhappy, rather than make happiness a daily habit.
You should do small things every day that eventually lead to milestones of success during your lifetime. You must learn to take control of your life, build positive relationships, and identify your own higher purpose. Once you define what success means to you, and prioritize your actions to achieve it, all that’s left is to implement the discipline to get you there.
I like the way the author broke each step down, and listed tasks to do. It was very easy to understand. I feel like I have a road-map for my own achievement now.
"Connecting Happiness and Success" is broken down into seven concepts - any one of which probably deserve a book on their own: Pleasure vs Happiness (my favorite!), Take Control of Your Life (next favorite!), Positive Relationships, Higher Purpose and Meaning, Defining Success, Clarify and Prioritize, and Implement with Discipline.
If none of those chapters would have any use to you in your present life - congratulations. Buy the book and give it to someone less fortunate. In all seriousness, buy two books and keep one for yourself because you aren't being completely honest with yourself.
I have read quite a few books this past year for this blog - and none have been covered in highlight even half as much as this one. I lost count of the times that I thought "That's really good! I need to write that down!" Some examples:
- "(Don't miss) positive moments in life because (you) are busy trying to build a life that will be full of positive moments."
- "Think about work and vacation. How many people plan and think about their vacations while they are at work, then go on the vacations and think about work?'
- "Another part of the problem is not loving or appreciating ourselves. We know all our flaws. We see the same flaws in other people; and because we hate them in ourselves, we judge and hate them in others."
If I put all of the highlighted quotes - I would probably get in trouble for reprinting a quarter of the book. It's just that good.
I appreciate that White kept the book very readable. Books like this many times can get so technical to the point that they are useless, but this book does not have that affliction.
White also does a tremendous job supporting his book with a "Happiness App" that can be downloaded for free, a very nice website (http://connectinghappinessandsuccess.com/), and backs up his credentials by serving on the board of www.pursuit-of-happiness.org. Seeing all of this makes me want to quit my job and work with all of these happy people instead!
In conclusion, I would like to thank Ray White for the effort and work that went into this book. You created something that you can be proud of, that has changed the way that I look at some situations, and is truly a gift that you have given to anyone who invests the time to read it.
The message of the book is that “Success doesn’t create happiness; happiness creates success,” and the success of this book is that by the time you’ve read it, you will believe that. White’s book is filled with concrete examples of how changing small habits can result in big results and his chapters on clarifying and focusing goals are especially helpful. He makes it clear that the success/happiness equation is not an “either/or” situation but also points out that living with goals and purpose is no way to achieve anything. (“To get to New York from Texas, you have to know where New York is,” is the way he puts it.)
If you’re looking for some advice that will help you map out your journey to a happier, more successful life, this engaging book may be exactly what you need.
Another really cool feature of his book are the activities that help people like me sit down and actually map out what he's saying, being able to tie it all together and apply it to our daily lives.
Having purchased on Amazon for years this is one of the very few purchases I've found worth leaving a review for.
Great read and well worth it! Good luck!