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The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom Paperback – August 26, 2010
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Before reading this book i would never have called myself a humanist, but as i read i realized that i was already embracing much of the philosophy. I'd expected to disagree with at least some of the author's conclusions and advice. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of what she wrote was very inclusive, and that the general principles she presented were consistent with my own personal ethics. If you already identify as a humanist, or if -- more generally -- you place more value on humans and humanity than you do in dogma and institutions, you will likely find "Approach" gives insight into not only how you are already living your life, but also into how you might live it more fully and consistently.
This book has something to offer to many groups of people. There are parts on dating, relationships, and sex. There's a chapter on addictions, whether the reader has one or knows someone who does. The author shares her thoughts on education, on family, even on driving. And most of it comprises little things, tiny changes in attitude or mindset, which can help you live life more happily and thereby increase the happiness of those around you.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I suspect even devout religious folk will find a lot of practical wisdom in this book, and no amount of quibbling over details can nullify that wisdom.
The author also advises readers not to become romantically involved with anyone who does not have a good relationship with their parent of the opposite sex. I find blanket statements such as this to be less than compassionate and most certainly not always good advice.
If you need very basic advice about how to behave well as a human, this book may be of some use. If you are looking for more detailed information on humanist philosophy, you may be disappointed.
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This is a good read for anyone that is a human, full of thoughtful ideas for everyone to apply to their own lives.Published on January 29, 2014 by Dana Hamilton
Ms. Hancock's advice/worldview was very eye-opening. Most of the information in the book would appear to be simple and common sense, however, unfortunately we get so wrapped up in... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by jenniferi716
I loved this book! Jennifer Hancock packs a lot of common sense wisdom in this small book. You don't have to be a Humanist to agree that what she writes is good advise for anyone. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
As a member of Business2Blogger, I connected with the author of The Humanist Approach to Happiness, Jennifer Hancock. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Darlene Franco
I enjoyed The Humanist Approach to Happiness very much. As a 47-year old adult, I'm glad to say that throughout the years I've utilized much of the advice from this book. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by CJDChicago
I purchased The Humanist Approach to Happiness (Kindle) after hearing Jennifer Hancock on the Skepticality podcast. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Charles Cthulhu
To share the wisdom of this book with my Youth Group in church. But, already, it's wisdom and clarity of thought are giving us much to consider and explore. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by B. Pelham