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Being Happy!: A Handbook to Greater Confidence and Security Paperback – 30 Dec 1990


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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Media Masters (30 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810006640
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810006648
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a highly motivational self-help book with a difference: it has been written with great sensitivity in order that everybody, both young and old, can easily understand themselves and become in every way happier. The author's writings cover many aspects of life, among them attitudes, confidence, luck, success, depression, humour, forgiveness and many more. The book draws on everyday experiences and attitudes to show how we can change things for the better by adopting new approaches to people and situations. In an increasingly hard and insensitive environment, the secret of this book's success must be its relevance to the real life problems which all of us face, as well as the way in which the author provides some positive answers.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2003
Format: Paperback
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, losing my father to cancer and my mother to heart disease in a short space of time, I needed cheering up. I wouldn't say this book made me wildly ecstatic, but it certainly made me feel like getting out of bed. Unlike a lot of bland and overly academic self help books in which the writer seems to favour showing us how clever he is over practical steps that might actually help, Being Happy was instrumental in helping me rejoin life.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2001
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I have hundreds of self-help books, some esoteric, some mystical but this simple down-to-earth book beats them all. This is the one I come back to again and again. And it doesn't require any complicated exercises or practice! I re-read it when I need to get back on track. And yes, after reading this book I *did* feel happier and got on with life in a more positive frame of mind. But you do need to read the book from beginning to end (it's a quick read) to get the life-affirming impact. I can recommend it for the trip to work each morning on the bus/tube. So far I have lent it to many friends and family members and all have enjoyed it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2001
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I really enjoyed this book. It contains a ton of wisdom, but presents it in a humourous, snappy way. It doesn't come down on you like a ton of bricks or make you feel deeply guilty about your past. What it does do is present each topic in a highly-readable, common-sense way which is easy to read and understand. The cartoons aren't bad either.
It's not the sort of book you read and then put away or give to the Oxfam shop, saying "I've read it". The trick with this book is to keep it handy, and read a couple of pages when you have a cup of tea. If you're feeling down, chances are you'll feel better for a quick butcher's. I vote it a winner.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PHILIP MCNALLY on 16 Sep 2006
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Andrew has written (and drawn) a superb and snappy book. He covers everything you need to enjoy and succeed in life and explains everything really well. Easy to understand and a very enjoyable read. No big words or confusing language. Important knowledge contained within this book that could be read by anyone from 10-110 years old. Nice Summaries and nice pictures. And makes a nice present. Luckily the only thing he doesnt cover is the best mind techniques for business and sport otherwise no one would read my book!

Phil McNally

author, 'Winning Mentality -7 Mind Techniques used by Winners'
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 2000
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Humerous and invaluable - I have this book myself and am ordering another for a friend who spends her life beating herself up about her mistakes - I would love to give one to my mother! (and perhaps I will!). The advise is so well presented it is easy to read and remember. It has already changed my life and I am what's considered and 'upbeat' person. Absolutely brilliant.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 2002
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What an eye-opening book this is. I never fail to tire of re-reading it. When life looks a little negative and I feel that I have lost my way through all of life's confusions, I pick up this book and always find something relevant and inspiring. All of Andrew Matthews books are well worth having in your collection. His illustrations are quirky and absolutely spot on, showing you in pictures what is not always possible to write in words. Very inspirational, uplifting and absolutely invaluable!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct 2001
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A friend leant me this book and after reading it from cover to cover I went out and bought my own copy! This was two years ago and it's been like a 'bible' to me. I still often refer to it when I need a little motivation.
Many self-help books have religious associations which doesn't really appeal to me, however, this book was just full of good, sound common sense advice and encouragement. Oh and I'm much happier now than I've been in a long time...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan 2000
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This book has got to be the best collection of good advice ever written. Andrew Matthews seems to be able to open our eyes to who we really are and help us change for the better, and just by reading this book you begin to see what being happy really means. It is presented in a light hearted way with examples from real life to illustrate his points, with summarys (nutshells) to help you organise your thoughts. This book was bought for me by a close friend who affectionately refered to me as a 'manic depressive'. He recommended it as a good book for positive thinking and he was right. It helps you to recognise your good and bad points and apprieciate what you have. BUY IT, READ IT, LOVE IT!
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