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Happiness as a Second Language
- A Guidebook to Achieving Lasting, Permanent Happiness
- By: Valerie Alexander
- Narrated by: Valerie Alexander
- Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
Happiness as a Second Language teaches happiness step-by-step, in the same manner as one would learn a new language. Each chapter builds on the concepts and exercises in the previous one, starting with the most basic lessons, progressing through the intermediate stages, and finally graduating to the more advanced concepts.
you ARE happy! find out how happy.
- By Jeanne Wolf on 10-23-16
The Pursuit of Something Better...
This was a first for me. I often read business, and sometimes psychology related non-fiction/self-help. But Valerie Alexander brings something new to the table.
First, yes the book is brief, but if you pass this gem up because of that, you've made a huge mistake! The book is full of "life," and life lessons that make the author an authority on the subject of happiness. Her self-narration is terrific, which is often hard to find and her presentation of: "how to get there" is very well crafted.
Coming from a background of 12 years in the field of psychology and therapy myself, it was refreshing to hear a real person talk plainly about life and how she (our author) struggled and learned to do, and think, and act differently.
This is more than just "fake it 'till you make it" talk, it is more of a, "let me show you how to gently, yet firmly and proactively move you out of your comfort zone, so that your satisfaction in life can be so much more!" With the author's enthusiasm to back it all up, you have a "real, straight-talk" manual (that is enjoyable to read or listen) on learning to speak a different life language... a language of "Happiness."
Sure, there are things that I don't agree with in certain parts of the book about how one might go about achieving this "new language," but the message is very solid.
My only question is: When can we expect a sequel?
To me learning the "language of happiness." is like studying Japanese without ever experiencing Japan, (the culture, the sights the smells, the people).
Happiness is the start, now I am left with want of a book on Joy. Something that takes me past learning the language and envelopes my life in such a way that I not only fluently speak this new "life-language," but can live life empathetic to all. To use my language and share with others in struggles, pains and celebrations. And then, after doing so come away and be more than happy and content, but joyful!
Why? Because not only have I've learned a language that keeps my present self happy, but I've also learned how the deeper parts of me are filled with something that the average person will never experience.
So, I guess, as I ramble, I am saying, "YES! Get the book it is well worth the credit." And now... now I want more! I want to hear about how this can penetrate deep into the soul, so much so that happiness erupts into a conciliate, yet fervent Joy!
If our author reads these reviews: I want to say "Keep living, keep writing, because you've taken us to an awesome place, and now I crave more, and your enthusiastic original approach will take so many to the depths and heights, only a select few will ever find on their own."
- A Novel
- By: Gillian Flynn
- Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
- Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?
Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!
- By Theodore on 01-20-13
What in the Dysfunctional World is going on?
I can't get enough from this writer her two other books were top notch. They hit in places I didn't know writers could hit. So, I waited for years, I suppose, for this book. Was it good? You bet. It was sinister, completely dysfunctional, intelligent and the Author knew it all the way through. If you liked her other books the characters in these books are beautifully and frighteningly flawed. I'd cheer for one protagonist only to find that I was starting to like the villain. The villain became the protagonist. And then Flynn's turns kept one moving back and forth wondering should I even be rooting for one or the other. Is there another player in this game that redeems a marriage gone horribly wrong? Listen and enjoy!