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Thought-provoking and infuriating in equal measures
on 23 August 2015
I'll start by saying I have never had any interest in "self help" books. However, I was drawn to this as it promised a look at the more academic side (she seems to have read much of the current research into theories of happiness), and just for the novelty of stunt nonfiction.
As some other reviewers have pointed out, the book can be over self-congratulatory, and if you try and read large chunks of it in one go she will most likely drive you crazy.
On the other hand, this book addresses the state that the majority of people seem to find themselves in - not overly sad, but not overly happy. It provides a novel way to increase your awareness of the aspects of your life which bring you most enjoyment / frustration, and then details the year in which the author tried to readdress the balance of these in her own life. She doesn't claim to have all the answers, and details her failures as well as her successes. She acknowledges that her methods may not work for you, but gives an example of how to incorporate small changes into your every day life.
This book might not change your life, but if you are looking for inspiration or an example of how to instigate a change, it gives pretty thorough guidance.