What? : Happier Made Simple: Choose Your Words. Change Your Life (Shortcuts to More Serenity in a Complicated World)
When: Late Fall, 2021
Why? Because “Happiness” is a goalpost that keeps moving. “Happier” is attainable – but why does it have to be so complicated?
“This book helps people who feel held back by anxiety and doubt become happier and more confident every day by making simple word changes – with a dash of humor – so that they can enjoy more love, purpose and success in their lives.”
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It begins….like this: (Book Excerpt)
Seriously? Another Book on Happiness?!?!
I see you. You’re at the bookstore’s “Self-Help and Relationships” section, or scrolling through Amazon for a Look Inside, and here you are, taking a peek at this out of the gazillion (officially gazillion, I’ve done the research) titles about happiness.
First of all, thanks! I appreciate you, and the chance to connect. Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you why I wrote it, and what you can expect if you decide to go all in and actually buy (and read) it.
So…Why this book?
- Finishability. Or not. Your choice. Let’s start with a question. When’s the last time you actually finished one of those “happiness” titles on your bookshelf? Yeah, I thought so. Research shows that most people never finish self-help book. In fact, we’re far more likely to read, say, 1 1/2 chapters and then put it back on the shelf, figuring we’ll just get it by osmosis. I wanted to write a book that’s so easy to read, and approachable, that someone might actually finish it.
- Simplicity. When did happiness get so complicated? With all the theory to learn and understand, it’s kind of hard to get to the point and just find a way to make that moment, or your day, better. This book is about shortcuts. Words are shortcuts. But, more about that later. All I know is, sometimes short and sweet does the job better than all the theory in the world.
- Humanization. (I tend to make words up) Nobody’s perfect. Let’s just pretend we’re kicking back at Starbucks (or a bar at happy hour) shooting the breeze, sharing what helps.
- Realism. Hence the word “Happier” in the title. I’m not promising happiness (or roses or rainbows, either). Just – a way to be happier. Because, no lie (no matter what your well-meaning neighbor tells you) no one is happy all the time. Nor should that even be the goal. There is no emotion without contrast.