A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up
In the West, we have everything we could possibly need or want—except for peace of mind.
So writes Linda Leaming, a harried American who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to the rugged Himalayan nation of Bhutan—sometimes called the happiest place on Earth—to teach English and unlearn her politicized and polarized, energetic and impatient way of life.
In Bhutan if I...more
Leaming explains how living in an ancient culture has shaped her to think diff ...more
I'm not really into self-help books, but when an author of one sends you a free signed copy you might as well read it, right? This one was particularly interesting to me because it's written by a woman from Tennessee who moves to the small secluded Asian country Bhutan and ends up marrying a Bhutanese man and staying there long-term. In each chapter she gives counsel wrapped around an experience she has had either in the States or Bhutan to carry acro ...more
Publisher: Hay House
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Nonfiction, Health, Mind & Body, Self-Help
The author begins by talking about her travels and move to Bhutan. I know of Bhutan as the happiest place on earth. She discusses the changes she had to make to adjust to living there where nothing is done in a hurry. She also says going to the bank could take hours just to cash a check. I love the tea ritual and plan on trying it tomorrow.
I've often seen the bhutanese compare our country with the Western World and have heard heavy sighs lamenting on how backward we are or how filled with opportunities the other world is. But, seldom do we reflect on how fortunate we are and how spiritually at peace we are here in this small country.
Linda's comparison of America and Bhutan has ...more
Calm Down is amuse me the way of how fast growing life in first world person's experiences in small little town in Bhutan. Grown up in third would country of Myanmar and now living in first world country of Singapore, I totally understand the way of her frustration become finding happiness in slowness.
Lose your Baggage is also one of my favorite chapter of we ...more
One of a few ebooks I had downloaded from my local library shortly before taking a trip to Bhutan. Unlike some where I skimmed the first few pages and moved on, for this one I at least read a few chapters (3? 4?) but did not finish.
Tone was very conversational, stories and anecdotes somewhat exaggerated for effect, probably wouldn't have disliked it if I kept reading but...life's short, and there are so many books out there to read. ...more
The only negative side is that the author gives too many unnecessary details of the incidents from her life as if she is writing a personal journal. The book could have been slimmer.
It might not be the book that will change your life but it is definitely a book that will make you ponder.
...and maybe visit Bhutan.
Learned a lot about Bhutan from Linda's book, and loved the st ...more
To be honest, I had never heard of Bhutan before this book. But I'm so glad that I know about it now.
Linda Leaming writes about her visits and eventual move to this small Bhuddist nation in such a way that it almost feels like the place is Brigadoon. She went there are first to teach English. She met and married her husband there, and now they divide their time between Bhutan and visits with her family in Tennessee. ...more
It's a light read, a fast read, but surprisingly (given that) substantive. Leaming places a premium on happiness, as illustrated in this tidbit of hers in the introduction:
When I was a kid, I played a board game, Careers, which I...more
Perhaps part of that was simply the writing style, or the fact that each short essay/chapter had similar tones, themes and lessons, and perhaps part of it was me being a bit tired of reading these kinds of books on happiness, meditation, Buddhism etc... (which is no fault of the author's).
Linda Leaming is a woman from Tennessee, who moves to Bhutan to teach English, and decides to stay. She marri ...more
Leaming recalls how she played the board game, Careers, which she never won because she put all of her points on happiness; fame and money were of little interest to her. She was in search of happiness. Lea ...more
But I have to say that Leaming put my reservations (and judgments) to rest almost immediately. She is a wonderful writer--very honest and thoughtful. She doesn't take herself too seriously, which I wasn't expecting. And she' ...more
That said I really enjoyed it. Each chapter is titled with things like, "Calm Down", "Lose your Baggage" and "Drink Tea" and then has stories about life and culture in Bhutan. It basically gives examples of mindfulness experience without actually calling it 'mindfulness'.
I think my ...more