The Happiness Habit: A Book Review
The first weekend I settled into my new home happened to also be the weekend of the Great Gulfcoast Art Festival. It was a wonderful little festival, lots of different types of art, food, music and a lovely Sunday afternoon for wandering around Pensacola’s downtown. While walking through the festival I spotted a booth for local authors and it was there that I met Susan. A. Lewis and picked up a copy of her book, The Happiness Habit.
Susan starts out the book with an excellent question, why does it take tragedy to get us to look inward and learn to be grateful for what we have, to learn to enjoy the precious moments of our life? I love the quote she chose to open the book:
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. ~ Marcel Pagnol
I really like this book, it is filled with little vignettes of happiness, snippets of wonderful advice about looking at the world with positivity. As Susan said to me when we talked, “the silver linings of life.” Here is one of them from the book:
Just because you’ve been doing the same thing for a long time, it doesn’t mean it has to continue…Sit down and ask yourself, how can I better serve my heart? What would make me happy? Inevitably your happiness becomes the happiness of everyone surrounding you. It is priority.
The book reminds me of Deng Ming-Dao’s 365 Day Tao, a book of daily Taoist meditations on life. Susan doesn’t give us 365 days’ worth but this book would be wonderfully read at the beginning and/or end of each day, one page at a time to remind us to stay positive and have a happy day. I highly recommend it, if interested you can find it on Amazon on the title link at the beginning of the piece, or you can contact Susan directly by email at Susanlewisbooks@yahoo.com. Copies are $10 each plus $3.00 shipping and in the book she relates she’s happy to sign copies. From meeting her I can assure you that’s accurate, in addition to writing a good book, she’s a very pleasant person. If interested drop her a note and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane