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Happiness Wants You: Enjoying Every Moment of Your Life Paperback – April 1, 2013
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About the Author
W. Green is a Chicago architect and writer. One day, his wife Laura related her "No Pain" philosophy for happiness in life. He listened and scoffed. "It was too simple. Life is complicated. You just don't understand." Finally, like a husband lost and without a map, he asked her for direction. She then related her simple, honest, approach to life, and he wrote it down. Now they are both happy. Visit author blog site at www.wgreen.me
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This is a deep book. It deals with the biggest issues of life, and offers wise strategies for making the most of our limited time on earth. It's profound but practical.
The common run of self-help books, I've found, do little more than recycle current pop-psychology clichés and overworked get-ahead tropes. But you haven't read anything like this before. It's a book that can shake your world. It offers surprise after surprise. I kept finding myself saying, "I never thought about it this way, but if I really look, I know it's true. It's what actually works. I'll be darned."
The point of view has a slightly Buddhist cast to it, but you won't find any second-hand religious opinions, guru posturing, or magical thinking here. It's clear that the wisdom is hard-won, personal, and absolutely authentic.
Among the ideas that may take you by surprise:
- Pain doesn't produce gain. It just proves the ladder you're climbing to success is "leaning against the wrong wall."
- "Do it in the road." That is, if you want to truly know yourself, do something—and pay attention to what happens, especially your own response.
- Fail small and learn big.
- Set goals from your heart, not your head, and certainly not from society's biases.
- Take your own road, but don't do it alone.
- Put yourself out there without apology. "...self-promotion by competent people is rarely overdone."
- The purpose of your life is— well, I think I'll let the author surprise you with this one.
The book is structured as a dialog between an intelligent reader and the author, a device that helps clarify ideas and keeps the book moving. A.T. Olsen's fanciful penguin illustrations leaven a serious subject.
I'd like to see this book used as the study guide for study/support groups. The author would be doing us a service if he were willing to facilitate the formation of groups through a website.
No, this isn't a “wake up early, curb gluten and exfoliate” type of book. No old platitudes here. (In fact, you should forget most of those. Don’t worry, you’ll get new ones.) This is a massive book that implores you, for only your own sake, to consider a new perspective of happiness. That case is made in the gentle, yet irrepressible voice of your smartest best friend. He’s so smart, in fact, and so gentle, that his words acquire doctrinal tone. And the message certainly deserves a following.
Here’s my favorite nugget, which stresses self-discovery through experience: “Live life and watch others live their lives. In time, you will find your way and place. Above all, don’t take [life] too seriously. If you discover you are a cow—then moo.”
Moo to your heart’s delight, but also read this book. Five stars.
At times, the advice seems like simple common sense but somehow the easy reading and clear language seeps into my mind. I find myself pondering things in new, deep, and useful ways. This book is meditative and universal. I'm sure I could read a chapter a week indefinitely and never feel like I'm rereading it.