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Suitcase of Happyness: A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy Your Happiest Life Paperback – June 22, 2016
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Mark Jaffe, a former senior executive at The Walt Disney Company, spent many years creating happy moments. At a young age he realized that his happiest life was not something out of reach. He studied, observed, cultivated, and ultimately enjoyed an enduring happyness through a singular focus on identifying what worked and what didn’t. Along the way, he had a life journey, perhaps like yours, that included career successes and career failures. A marriage that succeeded until it didn’t. Two fabulous kids. A dog. And the learned ability to be very happy, which has kept him happy now, consistently, for over 40 years.
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Mark’s book inspired me to stay focused on my dreams. His book is an easy and enjoyable read. He writes well and with enthusiasm, including real-world stories of events he has overcome and that have formed his philosophy, a philosophy that is laid out in ten pathways. I would bet anything you already know what these pathways are but have been reluctant to follow them, as though being happy, independent, and following your dreams is some crazy risk. It’s not. Mark will inspire you and detail concrete steps. He cites several aphorisms from famous people and studies about happiness to back up his claim.
If you’re stuck and not happy, read this book. If you’re already living the life you want, read this book for reinforcement, to find a compatriot, and generate new ideas. Recommended.
This is the message being explored by former Walt Disney executive Mark Jaffe in his book ‘Suitcase of Happyness: A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy your Happiest Life’.
Perfect for anyone feeling a little bit lost, unfulfilled or disillusioned, this book provides an insightful look into what it means to be happy, common barriers to our ability to experience true contentment and ten pathways to living a life rich in gratitude and joy. I think most readers will find something empowering and inspiring to take away from this book, whether it be a reminder about the importance of practicing mindfulness and building connection in our lives, the value that can be derived from following your passions and embracing opportunities or the significant effect that comes from living a purpose as well as taking pleasure in simplicity. I know that I certainly did.
At its core this is a book about gratitude and building a meaningful life. I have to admit that I didn’t find anything especially unique or conceptually ground-breaking to the self-development field hidden within its pages, and anyone who has paid any attention to the rise of the simple living movement will likely be familiar with much of what is explored in this book, but it did manage to do what a lot of similar books cannot; distil a complex concept into a clear and concise guide filled with simple, achievable and practical steps to creating a life rich in happiness. It is broken down into sections about what it means to be happy, a concept that will be different to everyone, and how to focus on collecting happy memories and moments, overcoming common obstacles to achieving happiness as well as exploring what you can do in your daily life to cultivate your own ‘suitcase of happyness’. It is incredibly quick and easy to read, written in an almost casual, conversational language and interspersed with Jaffe’s personal experiences, humorous anecdotes and nostalgic reflections to create something not only insightful but engaging. There is something very real and honest about this book, Jaffe uses his personal journey to great effect, exploring how simple daily experiences, as well as the highs and the lows of important moments in his life have helped to shape his concept of happiness, as well as drawing from wider literature and relevant research to really ground each concept and enhance his points. This book manages to be both genuinely helpful and motivating, without feeling too pretentious, although like many 'self-help' stylized books something feels very privileged about the advice, which is told through a very westernized, first world lens.
However, there is something so important and valuable about these sorts of concepts and these types of books. This is a book that asks its readers to stop and think about the way they interact with the world, from our relationship with material items to our definition of success. It is a reminder to open ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities, to embrace fun but retain perspective in the way we view both ourselves and the world. I have little doubt that many readers will find something about this book that will resonate, something useful that they can take and add to their life.
We do not have to wait to be happy, it is not some abstract concept only achievable at some unforeseeable point in the future, but rather it is a state of being that we can choose and cultivate in the way we think and approach our lives.
If you liked this book, you may also like Dying to Live by Vincent J. Monteleone.
Suitcase of Happyness delivered a sequence of actionable insights towards building a happier life. I am the type of person that reads a lot of these books, thinking that there is always something to improve in my life, but Suitcase delivered tips in an accessible, narrative, storytelling format that I was not expecting. Mark had so many interesting stories to tell, and always had a well of bringing them back to something I can relate to in my life.
Highly recommend, I'll be giving a few copies to friends!!
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