The  Happy
                                A Simple Guide to Living a
                    Happier Life Starting Today
What is happiness, really?  Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie have written a book entitled ‘The Happy Mind’ that can be read in many ways as suggested by the authors.  Happiness is what you make of it.  This is a book of only five chapters that shares some basic The Happy Mindinsights in learning about yourself and the others around you.  It is also about how we perceive what makes us happy, sad and even a little of both.  One question that readers may ask is how we can be more constructive in our lives personally and maybe even professionally.  A few of my favorite pages are found on page 47- Let it go- we should learn to let certain things and ideas just disappear from our lives; page 48- we can all learn lessons from a farmer; page 49- limit frustrations; page 53- Mind the facts of a particular situation or idea there is usually a quid pro quo as on page 55; page 59- weigh with car; page 67- Be exceptional; page 79- Brighten up; page 87- Access control; page 91- First ones first.
Readers will need to read these pages for themselves and make their own interpretations.  This is a good book that should be read more than once as the authors stated in the beginning of the book.  It would also make a good supplemental read for students and professors in social work and counseling, as well as the professionals who work in the field currently as nurses, counselors and psychologists in many specialties.  Readers will see three questions on the back cover and answer these before and after you read ‘The Happy Mind’.

   Book Summary

What is happiness? What causes it? How do you hold onto it? What makes it go away?

These questions have led to many philosophical debates over thousands of years. The philosophers of Greece were famous for their quest to define the pillars of “the good life.” Faith-based movements have painstakingly crafted dogmas and prescribed behaviors in pursuit of ultimate peace and joy. Academic studies have been concentrated on finding the answer to “the optimal life experience.”

Governments have professed to craft policies to promote the overall well-being of their citizens. Every day, ordinary dinner table discussions are, at heart, a dialogue in search of a happy life.

Happiness is Unique to You

What makes one person happy may make another miserable. There is no one key to happiness for everyone. Instead, the answers lie within you.

In The Happy Mind, you’ll learn to find your own personal answers to your most important questions. What makes you happy? What changes can you make to bring more happiness into your life? And how can you let go of old habits, beliefs, and situations that no longer fulfill you?

The aim of this book is not to push a specific definition of happiness. Instead, you’ll discover valuable insights that will allow you to create lasting happiness instead of being driven by short-term pleasure-seeking.

In this book you will learn:

    • How people look for happiness in all the wrong places, and how you can avoid these “happiness traps” that keep you stuck and unfulfilled


    • Why most people mistake pleasure for happiness, and how this simple mistake causes you to lose sight of what really matters to you


    • The nine common qualities that super happy people share (and how you can apply them to brighten up your life)


    • The key traits of unhappiness (and the most important behaviors you should avoid)


  • Many easy-to-grasp suggestions that can be viewed daily to enhance your capacity to live a happy life.

About the Author

Kevin Horsley is a World Memory Championship medalist and a two-time World Record holder for The Everest of memory tests. Kevin is also an author of four books and the designer of a times table game with the Serious Games Institute at North-West University Vaal Campus.

He is an International professional speaker and assists organizations in improving their learning, motivation, creativity, and thinking.

Kevin Horsley & Louis Fourie
TCK Publishing
112 pages

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