Title: Simply Happy
Author: Amy Newmark
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC
“That’s why I’ve written this crash course for you – a quick, deep dive into the most essential tips for creating a happy, confident, positive life filled with passion and purpose,” Amy Newmark writes in the introduction of her book, Simply Happy: A Crash Course in Chicken Soup for the Soul Advice and Wisdom.
~ What ~
Part of the Chicken Soup of the Soul series, this two-hundred-seventy-two-page paperback targets those who enjoy uplifting stories that may help with achieving personal happiness. After an introduction, there are twenty-six chapters of stories, followed by an afterword, acknowledgments, and a list of over sixty contributors’ biographies along with the author’s.
Concentrating on ways to be happy, this quick read with the author’s input has a myriad of short stories in chapters that are a six to ten pages long. Focusing on topics such as everything we do matters, stifling negative inner voices, and striving for excellence to pretending to be who you want to be, paying attention to dreams, listening to our mothers, decluttering, and learning to say no, we can become simply happy.
~ Why ~
Self-help enthusiasts will enjoy the positive, you-can-do-it stories this book offers and how it purports that it is up to each of us individually to be happy, not because of others and how they react to us. With many contributors included, the author easily blends the stories that reflect the topic in each chapter. Occasionally there are highlighted quotes recalling how to be happy as well as several of the author’s black and white photographs.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are feel-good and self-help may not glean much from this book. Some may tire from the writer’s personal viewpoint and experiences spread throughout the pages. With several stories in each chapter, it may bog down the reader.
~ Who ~
Having worked over thirty years on Wall Street, Newmark is a best-selling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of over one-hundred-and-thirty-three books.
~ Wish ~
Since I have read maybe one or two Chicken Soup for the Soul books in my life, I was rather disappointed in this one as there are little references to God and how a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to happiness. I wish the book focused less on what the author thinks a person wants and needs in life and more on God’s love, grace, and mercy which bring true happiness.
If you like self-help books that contain uplifting stories of how individuals turned their life around, changed their negative behavior, or became more loving, this is a good book for you, but it did little for me because it lacked giving God the glory.
Thanks to Advantage Media Group and the author for the complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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