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Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Based on her more than thirty years as a noted thinker and speaker on personal contentment, Alexandra Stoddard shares what she has learned about the small but significant changes you can make to be happier day by day.

A fun first step: quickly write down ten words that define who you are—perhaps beaches, family, food, home—and what else? This and dozens of other inventive i
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1st 2002)
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Apr 24, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Alexandra Stoddard many years ago when she was writing a monthly column in a magazine. Something about her and her thoughts and her style of writing just spoke to me. I have been a follower ever since. She shares how to feel beautiful and happy in this world. I eventually want to own all of her books. I gave some away a few years ago, I now want to find them again. My quest begins.
This book should be called "All the Rainbows I Have Farted from My Ass."

I feel this book is mainly for older adult women, i.e. mid 40s or 50s. She constantly mentioned spending time with your kids. Well, what if you don't like children (like me) and do not plan to have any (like me)? What if you just wanted something to pull you up on your bootstraps without cloying you to death?

No such luck. The optimism of this book is suffocating. What of those who suffer from depression and want to be happy
Great purse book, you can read bits and pieces here and there. Very helpful and lots of "Oh, yeah" material
Jul 08, 2008 Rachael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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My sister's mother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas, presumably because we have very different world-perspectives and she would like me to share hers. This would mean being abnormally and disgustingly chipper at all times whilst making under-handed, passive agressive insults to all of those around you. I prefer the more blatant insult, and enjoy experiencing the full range of human emotions. This book helped me with that, as it made me sick almost to the point of vomiting with it's tritene ...more
This book encouraged me to find happiness in the ordinary things in life. That's something I like to do anyway, but that I probably should do more often, so this was a nice reminder.
This author is a bit nutty, but it's a great thing to read when you're feeling grumpy and need some small or big reasons to smile.
Some good points, but a little bit over the top. It made me happy just hearing Kurt's reactions to the parts I read aloud!
Oct 30, 2008 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read most of her books. She is a little wacky, but she really lives a beautiful life and inspires me.
May 12, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific advice from numerous great minds we could all learn from to improve our lives. Lots to think on.
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Jan 03, 2011 Jenny Womack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like to re-read this and other books of hers as a reminder....we can choose to be happy.
Jul 11, 2012 Amelia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only read about 20% before I gave up. She has some materialistic notions of what makes us happy.
Feb 15, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book. i have read all of ms stoddard's book to date i believe.
Jun 26, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not very good. Simplistic and a little shallow.
Sep 01, 2008 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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ALEXANDRA STODDARD is a philosopher of contemporary living and author of many best selling books, including the classic Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life, Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know: A Small Book About the Big Issues in Life, and You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life. A ...more
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