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The Happiest Life: Seven Gifts, Seven Givers, and the Secret to Genuine Success Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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Hugh Hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily in more than one hundred cities. Hewitt is a professor of law at Chapman University and a partner in the law firm Hewitt Wolensky McNulty & Hickson LLP. He is the author of more than a dozen books and is a columnist for theWashington Examiner and Townhall.com and blogs daily at HughHewitt.com. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
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The book's thesis is simple: seven gifts - encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, empathy, good humor, graciousness, and gratitude - enrich those who receive them, and thereby produce happiness in those who give them.
Every chapter in this book is full of examples from Hewitt's own experiences and his observations about others, including guests on his radio show. Each chapter includes a challenge to consider ways you can start giving these gifts to others.
I especially appreciated the chapter on Encouragement. While reading that chapter I thought of a friend who is going through a rough patch in his career. Taking Hugh's advice, I decided I would encourage my friend. So I bought a card at Rite Aid and wrote him a note of encouragement. I found myself using a phrase Hugh recommends: "You are very good at what you do." I hope I brought encouragement to him.
Regular listeners to Hewitt's radio show will enjoy the insights and stories about people Hugh has interviewed... the remarkable energy and gusto of Louis Zamperini the day he arrived at the studio to be interviewed for the radio show... Hugh's poignant recalling of the enthusiasm and curiosity of his friend Andrew Breitbart... the good humor of Dennis Prager, who believes it is necessary to "wear happiness like a coat, as armor against whatever weather life throws at you."
This book is an absolute treasure. Everyone looking for graduation gifts or birthday gifts should have "The Happiest Life" at the top of their list.
I will close by returning the point made at the beginning of this review, that if you are not happy you can be. Each chapter includes practical suggestions for people who want to live a happy life. Take Hugh's advice and start with small steps. Say an encouraging word to the next clerk who rings up a sale for you. Devote extra energy and attention to the things that interest your spouse. Bring enthusiasm to your project at work and your church volunteer work. Be gracious. Acknowledge teachers and others who helped you along the way. Start giving these gifts to others and you will find yourself becoming happier.
I read his blogs occasionally, and listen to his show when I can, and have now read three or four of his books. This one was thought provoking, not so much about politics, quite a bit about priorities and the gift of happiness.
You've probably read a few cliches about choosing to be happy, well Hewitt and his friend Dennis Prager think it's much more serious than that and in this book, Hewitt shows you a road map for getting to a happy life. No surprises it's in the title.
The insights are genuine and so is the work needed to get there. If happiness is your goal, you can probably get there with this book. Question is, should happiness be your goal?
It was enjoyable, will I read it again or hand it off to someone? Probably no....maybe yes.
Mr. Hewitt's easy going style strikes a good balance of inspiring while not being preachy. He's clearly thought through life's big issues and his advice is valuable. I'm better for having read it, I'd recommend Happiest Life to anyone.
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Keep up the great work
Have now bought 3 copies and spreading it around.
Having read Hewitt's other books, I find this book simply incredulous! And extremely incredulous.Read more