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Being Happy: Part 1

Being Happy: Part 1 [Kindle Edition]

David Tuffley
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True happiness, lasting happiness is within everyone's grasp through a process known as Self-Actualisation, a natural state within the reach of everyone. This kind of happiness cannot be obtained through the acquisition of things. The fleeting gratification in getting things is not true happiness. That is an illusion created by our global consumer society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Altiora Publications; 2 edition (22 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057OC8MM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,566 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point 22 May 2012
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There is nothing in the book that one does not already know. But the book does a great job at reminding us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 16 April 2013
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A really funny and positive read outlining at hints on how you can improve your life without lecturing you at all. extremely quirky read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Moss' ly enjoyable 14 Feb 2014
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I mostly enjoyed this book, It refreshed my memory on 'Maslows Law', got me thinking about how we function (wasn't sure if it was all true!), how we react and how we can change. This change is in the form of becoming an SA person (Self-Actualised). I personally had conflicting thoughts on his dismissal of mediocrity. Overall I felt their was some thing missing; Maybe this is in Part 2. Hopefully his substantial reflections on Moss will 'Moss' ly stay put.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy 11 Jan 2014
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I didn't get happy from reading this book. It was bought for someone else but I read it and I really didn't get much of it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Try a little happiness 4 July 2011
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David Tuffley has some good advice for being a happier person and living in the moment rather than in the past or always being conscious of the future. His method of doing this is called Self Actualization. There are several steps to self actualization, but they are all rather simple ones, such as listening to your own taste, letting your true sense emerge and choosing between the safety of the known path and taking a risk.

This is a short essay-type publication, but one that can be read over a few times in order to absorb all of its messages. Some of the steps in the process of self actualization could be explained in more detail, but most are simple in concept. The author begins by saying that we get fleeting happiness from goods and services but it doesn't last. It is a result of our global consumer society. Creating the right conditions for ourselves leads to inner happiness and that kind lasts. Accepting people for exactly who they are is also another step along the way.

I enjoyed reading this and plan to read it again. It isn't anything purely outstanding, but it is written simply and from the heart of the author. He sounds sincere in wanting other people to find what he has found through self actualization.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Baby Steps to Something Bigger 29 Aug 2011
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I think I was expecting facile tips like something out of a consumer magazine. Instead, author and professor David Toffley's brief book BEING HAPPY is about achieving self-actualization. The idea is that if you live in the present and by your own code, you will be more than happy. The book is divided into 12 main sections:

-- Introduction
-- Experience things fully, vividly, selflessly: be mindful (present) and accepting of your circumstances; awaken your inner observer, and forget about time
-- On-going choice between safety and risk : risk offers growth, be mindful of your choices
-- Let your true self emerge: be honest with yourself, follow your intuition
-- Listen to your own tastes: don't rely on other's approval or disapproval to regulate your behavior
-- Use your intelligence: do what you do well, whether it's big or small
-- Make peak experiencing more likely: by being more honest with yourself, you can be more internally consistent, and therefore actualized
-- Know Thyself
-- Summary of characteristics: a paragraph-long recap
-- SA people are like this: what being self-actualized looks like in practice; basically, being independent, thoughtful, capable, stalwart, and appreciative
-- An example: a peak experience brought on by taking time to notice moss.

I had heard about self-actualization before, and was intrigued by the book, but it left me wanting more. How do you achieve each particular step? What do they look like in action? The example at the end really moved me and made me wish there were more examples scatted throughout.

If you are not familiar with the quest for self-actualization/enlightment/satori, this book is a decent primer that may whet your appetite for more. If you are familiar with these concepts, then I doubt this book will tell you anything new. In short, if the concept intrigues you, then get the book - you have nothing to lose and potentially much to gain.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, indeed... 27 Dec 2011
By Lori Traver-Solomon - Published on
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Practical? That's the difficult part. This book has a lot of feel good phrases and stresses becoming "self actualized," but for the average person, it is similar to candy. Enjoyable to eat, but will not significantly improve your life.
What the author calls "self actualization," a nice, vague New Age term, is something that the average person reading this will not accomplish. Why? Because being "self actualized" is a vague, New Age term.
There are bits and pieces of information that can help you enjoy life more, and for that I give the book two stars. However, most of this can be found elsewhere in other New Age style self-help books. If you are looking for something to read that will make you feel better for a few hours or even days, this is great. It is an easy read, and the author is coherent in presenting his subject matter. The problem is that the subject matter is pretty fluffy if you are in need of down and dirty advice to solve life's more pressing problems. I would like to see the author tackle a more serious topic, as his writing style was quite enjoyable.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't worry; be happy! 20 July 2011
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Good bare bones examination of the concept of happiness. It doesn't hurt to be reminded of this stuff once in a while. This laid it out in simple terms, and made it something almost everyone can find accessible.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awaken to Happiness 10 Nov 2011
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"Truly happy people are Self-Actualized people..." ~ David Tuffley

"Being Happy" is probably the shortest book on happiness I've ever read but it gave me great insights into why I'm personally happy and how others can be happy too. David Tuffley starts the book explaining that satisfying all your human needs will make you happy. Since my needs are simple: food, shelter and books it is no wonder I feel happy all the time. OK I probably have a few more needs but this book explained something I hadn't really thought much about before. This book doesn't talk too much about gratitude but there is a lovely story at the end of the book that explains how being in awe of the world can bring moments of clarity and happiness. If you want to feel moments of ecstasy you may want to awaken the observer, practice mindfulness and focus on the moment. Reading this book will give you some clues as to either why you are happy or how you can become happier. I wish more books were short like this one. The author really condenses the knowledge into just a few pages and makes his points succinctly.

~The Rebecca Review
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