I had trouble rating this because the quality depends upon your goals. This book will not help you to be happy but helps you understand many of the psychological aspects of happiness. It is more of an intellectual read, in a light hearted positive manner, about the subject of happiness from a university level psychology professor. It's practicality is to me somewhat limited, but overall useful in broadening my mind on the subject. I found it interesting and engaging.
I have been living what Mr. Ferris has been talking about for years. I was comforted to know I was not alone. He formalizes the approach I found by accident. I've met many others who live life by the same rules. Most of us will not meet these people because they're off enjoying their life.
Many people made negative comments about the audiobook, but I think it's fine.
This book was useful for me, however I did find it difficult to listen to because Pema Chodron's tone of voice is a bit calm and has less intonations making it hard for me to stay engaged. For the book to be useful I think it is best to have a solid basic understanding and personal practice in Buddhism. The intedended audience is people who want to follow the buddhist path. The books is also relatively short for the price. It seems that the book is really not a book but 2 one-hour lectures isolated from the middle of a lecture series (she makes references to lectures both before and after).
This book is excellent on giving a good practical overview on being happy. In many respects it is exactly the self-help book you expect to read on being helping. The narrator is very positive, and the book covers topics from love, to perception of life, to relationships, to health, to career, and spirituality rather than focusing on any specific (as most happiness related books do). I am still unhappy personnaly at present, but this book helped me get closer to the goal.
A great book for expanding the way you look at your life and running a business.
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