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How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom Hardcover – October 18, 2016
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"We yearn for lives with more energy, enthusiasm, and connection—but where to start? The brilliant Jonathan Fields shows us, in this thought-provoking and action-provoking guide."—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before
"How to Live a Good Life delivers on the promise of its title, with a plethora of practical tips and in-depth exercises to help you become the best you can be. Get off autopilot. And get into a life of positive energy, meaningful relationships, and powerful purpose."—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
"Many people over the years have considered the question of how to live a good life, but only one of them is Jonathan Fields. Drawn from Fields' wide-ranging intellectual sources and deeply kind heart, How to Live a Good Life is the one book you need to answer the one question that matters."—Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and New York Times best-selling author of Quiet
"'What is a good life?' has been a question asked by philosophers going back to the ancient Greeks. In How to Live a Good Life, Jonathan Fields provides simple, scientifically-validated daily prompts designed to help you find your own good life, and then live it."—Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution and Thrive
"With an irresistible blend of soul, humility, and smarts, Jonathan Fields takes you by the hand down the path to the life you've longed for but didn't have a clue how to create—one full of meaning, connection, and fun."—Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author of Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen
"Fields takes ideas from psychology, literature, and philosophy and blends them into a delicious fruit smoothie of wisdom. The book will help those who want to give their life more meaning, value, and deep breaths."—A.J. Jacobs, New York Times best-selling author of Drop Dead Healthy and My Life as an Experiment
"Fields does more than explain how a good life is possible—he gives point-by-point, actionable steps to make it so. It turns out that a good life, with all of its wonder, brilliance, and chaos, is far, far better than a perfect life. I can think of no wiser (or kinder) guide than Jonathan."—Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation
"An incredibly wise, compassionate, and clear guide to living the good life. You'll immediately want to give it to your ten-year-younger self and say 'Read this right now!'"—Neil Pasricha, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation
"We've all been there: going through life on autopilot, feeling 'fine' but no longer excited about the dreams we once held so close to our hearts. How to Live a Good Life will dust off those dreams, bringing them out of forgotten places and back into view."—Chris Guillebeau, New York Times best-selling author of Born for This and The $100 Startup
"How to Live a Good Life skillfully pairs potentiality with action. Fields' voice is refreshingly down-to-earth and his enthusiasm is contagious. My 'Good Life' buckets runneth over after reading this book!"—Kristen Noel, Editor-in-Chief, Best Self
"Fields is shining his spotlight on possibility—not lofty dreams, not success strategies, not motivational techniques—but possibility. Straightforward, dynamic, and written with the vitality he wants readers to discover in themselves, this book explains how anyone can live a more energetic, joyful, and passionate life."—Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
"Fields offers a simple yet powerful lens through which to look at your life and design your days—through connection, contribution, and vitality. His work is not just a wake-up call, it's a road map and a rousing reminder of your gifts"—Elena Brower, co-author of Art of Attention
"This book is a wake-up call to what really matters in life. Jonathan takes you on a journey where you'll pause, reflect, and prioritize what's most important to living a good life and then give you the simple tools to actually go live it."—Jadah Sellner, author of Simple Green Smoothies
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Everything he does is top quality, but this book is in another league—he calls it his most personal ever, and there's no doubt of that. In a highly readable, storytelling style, he takes you through popular science and real-world experiences from people you've never heard of (and some you have) to learn ways of improving your relationships, helping you contribute to the world more deeply, and, well, living a good life.
By the way, it's probably clear that Jonathan is a friend and mentor to me, but I did NOT receive a complimentary copy of this book—I bought my own and now I am buying many more to hand out.
As someone who has done a lot of work and already implements many of these practices, I still found almost every chapter had something I didn't know or a new practice for me to try in my own life. The best thing is that everything is very practicable and you don't feel like "If I don't do everything I won't get results." I feel like if you took any one chapter and just did one of the exercises, it would shift your life. I hate getting those books where if you don't do every single step, you feel like you didn't do the program. This isn't like that at all. Although it's designed as if it's a 30-day program, and there is even supposed to be a journal coming out to accompany the book, you don't have to do it that way to get the result. The community aspects are also helpful. If you join the community or the Facebook group, you can definitely get inspiration and support in the practices as well as meet people who have a really positive outlook on life.
Not with this book!
Jonathan did all the work, so that the reader can just focus on applying all of the insights and research he's shared. He did the research, read the self-help books, tested it all out...and then somehow packed it all into 4-5 powerful pages per topic completely masterfully.
I'll be sharing this book with all of my loved ones, clients, and everyone else crosses my path, hungry for a good life.