- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312369069
- ASIN: B0046LUGMG
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,745,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My suggestions for reading this book (and really any book like this) is to only read a chapter every day or two days no matter how much you want to read faster. In fact reading a chapter a week (although it might be difficult) I have found is much more impactful because it allows me to reflect on what I've read for the entire week.
But before long at all, it gets really good, with real practical advice and exercises and scientific information about learning and happiness.
The part about how we "learn" happiness is really good and helpful. The examples are meaningful, and I am glad there are real life examples since some of these books on happiness and meditation are all pie in the sky with no reality based descriptions.
One great thing about this book is it describes mindfulness and meditation in a way anyone can understand, appreciate and practice. And it works!
I am not quite done, but I can already say this is a really good and beneficial book. You should read it.
It has made such a difference in my life already and I expect it will continue to help me grow. I am enjoying the now and truly love every moment I can have with my kids. I have since purchased this book and plan to read it over and over, a little bit at a time.
It's not a Rah Rah book that is just trying to pump you up to go take on the world, it truly is a thinking mans look at how to be happy. It explains what you should try,why you should try it, why it will or why it might not. A straight shooter which I greatly appreciated. You feel he is writing the book because he truly wants to help you, not that he just wants to make a buck off you.
I would recommend this book to anyone and have to many of my friends.
Recommended for anyone who is serious about finding the (hidden) meaning of happiness. Good material too on the background of mindfulness. If you happen to find yourself stuck after a chapter or two, browse to the back where there are one or two excellent, easy to use exercises.