The Happiness Manifesto (Kindle Single) (TED Books) Kindle Edition
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I haven't watched the TED Talk (I assume it's almost identical to this work), but it's just the kind of thing TED is all about - an idea worth spreading.
This, "The Happiness Manifesto" is a momentous reminder that the purpose of life is not the accumulation of power but is the measure of the value of our lives. A wonderful checklist, of the true power in our lives. A welcome insightful read and a healing tonic to restore we humans to manifest the higher values in our personal lives, and a realistic accountability of the purpose of world governments to recognize their responsibly of their imposed rule of law. This not only a refreshing read, but a workable measure of value on our lives.
Headline is paraphrased from the first inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as the 32nd President of the United States, held on March 4, 1933 in the depth of the world wide depression.
Most of the book, however, focuses on the national and global level--the things governments can do to serve and motivate their citizens toward working for a greater good that is sustainable. This broader perspective prevents the book from devolving into just another self-help book. I also found it refreshing that he was able to discuss these issues without deploying spiritual or religious terminology. The things he proposes are things all people can act upon, not just people from faith communities.
People who like this book might also enjoy Karen Armstrong's latest, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Borzoi Books). She too sees extending oneself, doing good, and helping others as a privilege and duty all human beings are called to embody.
Nic Marks has a vision for the world and I love that he has discovered five ways to personal well-being and seven strategies for national well-being. As he explains, having more money doesn't exactly make you happier.
While this book seems geared more towards extroverts there are some things that unhappy/depressed introverts might want to try. Maybe avoiding people can really make you a little less happy. This book sort of pushes you in the direction of a robust social life.
Nic Marks makes some excellent points about how environmentalists try to scare you into changing. Would it not be better to have the goal of happiness? I know I'm convinced. After all, happier people have better immune systems and live longer.
While one of the five ways to personal well-being doesn't include having an unlimited supply of books (my personal goal) it does explain how volunteering your time can make you happier. I also truly believe that spending money on other people will make you happier than buying tons of stuff for yourself. So much of this book is totally true!
I think if I could wish for anything in regards to this book it would be that it was longer. I see room for improvement in the area of detailed information in how to implement a happiness plan. I think the concepts in this book are great but maybe more information is needed so you can effectively attract more happiness into your life.
Still, this is a good place to start! I think buying this book was money well spent.
~The Rebecca Review
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Money does not make happy.
But happy makes healthier and promotes a longer and better life.