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3.0 out of 5 stars My kind of philosophy, 8 May 2012
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This review is from: How to Do Everything and Be Happy - 2nd Edition - Your Easy Peasy Guide to Creating Happiness (Kindle Edition)
Written in plain English. The only motivational/self help book I've read so far that is honest and realistic enough to acknowledge that where you are now may not be entirely your own doing, and that external forces have a large part to play (as opposed to all the other books that constantly tell you that you are responsible for absolutely everything thats gone on in your life, which is infuriatingly not always the case). The philosophy, the sentiment, the outlook, the get-up-and-go of this book absolutely rings true with me. What bugs me a bit though is the pages and pages of emphasis on things that have obviously meant a lot to the author in a very personal way, but which are almost insignificant and meaningless to me. For instance, the importance he places on keeping a diary, and the pages he devotes to this factor alone is downright nauseating. It needs no more than a passing mention. Its NOT the be all and end all of a satisfying life - for crying out loud! Listen, for the price, buy it. Its uplifting and has much going for it, but dont feel guilty about skimming over some of the long-winded trivia. Some of his views are easier to put into practice if you're not a parent to young kids (which I dont think he is) but the gist of what he's getting at is still valid.
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