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Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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About the Author
Veronica Chambers was an editor for The New York Times Magazine, a culture writer for Newsweek, and a senior associate editor at Premiere magazine. Her work has appeared in Vogue and Glamour, among many other publications. She is also the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl. In 2000 she received a fellowship from the Japan Society to spend several months researching in Japan. She fell in love with the country and has returned for extended stays every year since.
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Michael makes a lot of good points in the book and encourages readers to examine themselves in regards to where the current and future are taking them. We're reading the book as a book study and the guys are eager to discuss what they learn from each chapter. Mike provides a lot of quotes that can easily be used as a self-reflection writing task.
I also like that the book is written at a level in which most of my students can read it. This is very important. Adult learners want to be able to read material like anyone else. If it becomes a struggle, they usually give up on the reading and have no desire to finish the book no matter how good it is.
I recommend Wake Up Happy for any adult or late teen to read. It's a good review of things that we already know, it's packed full of encouraging ideas, and it motivates readers to make positive changes. The book is a quick read. I read it in 3 days, for just an hour or two at time.
I have employed many of the things I learned at various points and did sense a positive change in my overall mood and energy. The suggested playlist at the end was one of my favorite parts because it's a no effort quick fix. So simple, swap your morning alarm for some motivating music. Small change = big impact.
I had a friend ask me "what makes Michael Strahan a noted authority on dreaming and being happy?" My answer was and still is "it's his demeanor and accomplishments." It's quite obvious that none of his successes in life were handed to him. He displays a very strong work ethic and an ability to roll with the punches. This author shares his setbacks and failures as well as his accomplishments. All the more reason to respect him.
Strahan tells his story in an entertaining and humble way and reminds the reader that anything is possible.
After reading WAKE UP HAPPY and having an opportunity to think about Strahan's individual points about not only happiness but direction and structure in your life I actually purchased a copy for my 21 year old stepson. As I wrote inside the cover, I hope he enjoys it as much as I did!