The Happiness Animal Kindle Edition
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"Jelbert has captured an immense understanding of the inner workings of society's struggle to find happiness with a whole hearted and honest truth. The exercises explained are an excellent route back to the inner being of happiness. A must read for everyone!" - Sadie Oliver, LIFE magazine
"This man is redefining happiness[...] His best-selling book, The Happiness Animal, is recognized as the first practical guide to happiness [...] So, when we decided to dig into the relationship between gratitude, happiness, and success, he naturally came to mind. '' - MINDBODYGREEN
"Jelbert writes with honesty, authenticity and animation that allows the words on each page to come alive and live within the reader" - Lucy Proud, The Art of Being
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- ASIN : B00NHZJRPE
- Publication date : September 10, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5956 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #125,959 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first part of the book is a good deal of exposition on what happiness is not. Jelbert provides examples and definitions of what does not make people happy, and wants the readers to squelch those misconceptions.
What’s very impressive is Jelbert’s research. He has gone to great lengths to study his topic, and he begins each chapter with a quote from the ancient scholar Seneca, his apparent muse. I enjoyed reading the philosopher’s words, then seeing how the author would expound upon them.
It isn’t until chapter 4 that we are given what Jelbert defines as the “happiness muscles.” It and the subsequent chapters each focus on a muscle and sub-muscles. Here’s the real “meat and potatoes” that the readers are longing for. I couldn’t help but feel the first three chapters were a bit heavy-handed on the dogma and diatribe, when what we really need to get to are the “muscles” and how to exercise them. Granted, it’s good to have the background, but I think Jelbert went a bit overboard on exposition. Chapters 4 onward are exactly what the doctor ordered!
As much as the book is very soundly written, I have to challenge the editor or proofreader(s) for missing, the over use of, commas, that tend to, add dramatic pauses, much like, Captain Kirk was speaking, the dialogue. Take this sentence for example from page 30: “What you think will make you happy, is not the same as what will make you happy.” Why is there, a comma in there, then? Just for, the fun of, using, commas? It’s pretty rife, thoughout the book, and it’s a bit, jarring, to constantly see commas, wherever they’re randomly, placed. Gah. Despite that, the book is otherwise very well written, and it’s refreshing to see someone correctly use em-dashes.
With the exercises the author provides, and the examples that we can relate with (or sometimes not), Jelbert gives us a workbook to help readers figure out what makes us happy, and how to embrace the happiness animals inside us. Get this book if you’re unhappy, or need some help getting back on the right track. Maybe skip the first three chapters though. And, if you can, overlook, the, proliferation, of, commas.
It begins with the premise that no matter the individual characteristics or circumstances of a person, the same basic components of happiness exist for all people. We follow the mythical examples of Ko, Doug, Rolf, and others, throughout their endeavors and failures, while examining the reasons behind them. While I didn’t find all of the examples to be personally relatable, I do believe the book’s examples are broad and varied enough that everyone would glean something valuable from them.
Mr. Jelbert draws much of his own inspiration from classic authors such as Seneca (circa 4 B.C., quotes from whom are sprinkled liberally throughout the book), as well as from lessons learned during his own difficult journey. I appreciate that he has come by his own advice honestly, and shares some of his experiences with the reader.
The Happiness Animal emphasizes the pursuit of complete sincerity, kindness, tolerance, awareness, courage, warmth, respect, listening, generosity... the list goes on… as keys to building greater happiness. Rather than just leave the reader with lofty character goals or empty platitudes, the author gives practical advice and exercises to help build the reader’s knowledge and skill set in these areas. I found the exercises to be genuinely helpful and thought-provoking.
I believe the subject matter of this book is universally-applicable (who doesn’t want to be happier?), and found this to be an interesting read. The book could use another round of proofreading to clean up some of the punctuation and sentence structure issues, but I had no trouble understanding the author’s communicated points. His tone is conversational and friendly, more akin to a coffee shop conversation with a good friend than an hour spent with a paid therapist. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to become a more positive, healthy-minded person with improved relationships.
Jelbert’s book was helped a lot by him giving example after example of the struggles that he faced in his own life. Something that certainly helps his book is that he has different exercises to help find happiness. Often, it seems like most self-help books are full of tools that the author has seen work in other people, but the author suggests these exercises because they worked for him, which is a lot better than most offer. The fact that Jelbert’s exercises are backed by actual research helps lend him a lot of credibility since it seems like most books just emphasize being happy without much actual help. This book really helped me cope with some personal unhappiness that I have, things not going my way and what some good ways to deal with it are.