- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (March 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930722486
- ISBN-13: 978-1930722484
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,276,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Goddess of Happiness: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss Paperback – March 10, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Gisonni, founder of a company dedicated to "personal well-being, spiritual growth and business success," chose to cope with losing four family members within a four-year period by adopting a sunny optimism. Her book of 44 easily digestible essays encourages other women to do the same—whether they're dealing with the ho-hum round of everyday life or with unexpected stress. More than anything, she reminds readers of things they should already know, but have lost in the shuffle of life: live with integrity; indulge yourself once in a while; give up control, guilt and noise; rediscover joy. Gisonni follows each essay with an affirmation and gives readers room to create a few of their own. The handful of references to specific classic goddesses—Pele, Demeter, Isis, Quan Yin, Lakshmi—is far outweighed by allusions to pop icons such as Julia Child, Hillary Clinton, Goldie Hawn, Cyndi Lauper, Maria Shriver, Mother Teresa and Vanessa Williams. The subtle notion that women are all goddesses in their own right plays out a bit too subtly, as merely substituting the word "goddess" for "woman," "her," "she," or "you" fails to drive home the point in any original or lasting way. However, the short-attention-span format makes this a perfect gift for girlfriends on the go. (Apr.)
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From the Author
If I asked you what you wanted most out of life, chances are youd say "happiness", although like many women (including me), after juggling work, family and home, and making sure that everyone else in your life is happy, theres little time left to think of yourself.
But what if I told you the real purpose of your life is to BE HAPPY. How would it change the way you think, act, look, live, and work? How would it change your life?
If youre a woman, you must believe that you are not only a goddess, but that its your birthright to be a happy goddess! Happy in your life, your relationships, your family, your home, and your work. Thats why I wrote this bookto help you re-acquaint yourself with the powerful goddess you already are. And because life should be simple, I made this book simple too. You can easily read and digest all of it in one sitting. The chapters are short but meaningful, and can be read in any ordereach one containing practical suggestions and affirmations for real women living real lives. Thats you and me!
The Goddess of Happiness makes your life easier and happier. Its a great gift to give yourself and all the women in your life. So, if youre ready to put yourself first and choose happiness in your life, go for it! After all, you are a goddess, and youre worth it!
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The end result is that she started Real Life Lessons; her own company devoted to making life easier and happier for women and became the goddess of happiness. With this book, she shows the rest of us how we are our own goddess of happiness and how we can be more happy.
Your journey to happiness begins with a quiz to determine your current level of bliss. Then, in very short, 1 or 2 page chapters, Gisonni shows you how to capture even more happiness for yourself. Each chapter ends with five ways to practice the chapter's lesson or skill and space for writing your own related affirmations.
Gisonni has some great suggestions for all of us. Much of it is what you've probably heard before, but she presents it in a straight-forward, simple, easy-to-incorporate way in just a few short pages. For example, in the chapter on Play, she shares with us how her husband encouraged her to swing in the park and she had a great time rekindling a childhood joy. Then, she encourages us to play--buy a hula hoop! Her "five ways to play" list includes revisiting your favorite childhood games and do one each week. For me, that would probably include swinging, lip-synching to The Partridge Family, climbing a tree, making mud pies, and jumping rope. I might need to train for a few months first!
The Goddess of Happiness has so many ideas for us: slow down, stop the noise, choose joy, lighten up, indulge, simplify, accept your life, be rich, ask for help and many more. I read through this book all at once first, and now I re-read chapters every day, sort of as happiness reminders. Because I know happiness is a choice, and yet, sometimes, life makes you forget for a minute. With this handy little guide, you can build your own happiness from the ground up, or renovate what you already have.
I am going to buy this book for every woman I know, and while I'm at it, I'll recommend they pass it along to all the men in their life who would also benefit by it. This is not the kind of book you read once and put on the shelf or give away. You'll use the affirmations daily, write in your own thoughts, and read the chapters over and over--the messages are timeless. Unleash the power of happiness inside you! Go goddesses!