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Live Each Day: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Happiness

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Happiness is a skill you can develop!
Are you tired of self-help books which offer fuzzy anecdotes of inspiration, but leave you wondering what are scientifically proven ways you can improve your life starting today?
Then this book is for you.

Jim McCarthy had a Stanford MBA and a successful career in Silicon Valley. But a cancer diagnosis suddenly changed his life, forci
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 28th 2019 by Happiness Media LLC, a Nevada Company
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Thi Thumasathit
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book at the recommendation of a friend. Honestly, I was a little bit skeptical, and my skepticism made me curious. There are so many happiness gurus out there right now -- just look at your Facebook feed and you can probably find multiple people posting daily affirmations on how to be happy. So I was curious to see what Mr. McCarthy had to say about this much much-too-often visited topic of happiness.

Boy, was I mistaken. McCarthy's book is NOT a book full of daily affirmations.
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Lauren Mai
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprisingly very interesting even for a suburbia mom like myself. As a wife of 20 yrs and a mother to 2 kids, i found myself at a crossroad and occasionally questioned my own happiness. The best thing about this book is that the author shows you strategic ways to actively find your own conclusions to happiness. The writing exercises were very therapeutic and put a lot of things in perspective for me. I used to journal in my teen years to help me release a lot of emotions during th ...more
Stacy Lam
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don’t like to write reviews, however this is worth sharing. This book was a lot better than I expected and I can’t seem to put it down. The concepts are simple and no rocket science as we each instinctively think we know what it requires to live each day and be happy; however, the author laid out in a format and provides a blueprint to force me to really think about the things I would normally not think about. Well written and simple, with story telling and scientific research on what ...more
Amy Beiner
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My spouse and I attended one of Jim's happiness workshop a few years ago and Jim captured its essence - and so much more - in this amazing book. The first exercise, where you imagine the day you die, is profound and challenging. However, as Jim describes so accurately, it is necessary to truly understand one's mortality to realize that NOW is the time to start creating a happier life. Jim teaches us how to reverse engineer our lives by starting at the end and then adding his well-researched tech ...more
Ranah
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great primer for finding more happiness in your life. Well-organized and actionable:

I read a lot of books on the topic of happiness and how to better find one’s purpose in life, and I really liked Jim’s book.

I found it to be logically organized, clearly written (with easy-to-understand frameworks and personal anecdotes sprinkled throughout), and prompts to stop and do written exercises that help connect the contents of the book to one’s own personal situation.

Jim aggregates lots of great info
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Inbar Aricha
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s really easy for well-educated, professional people to get caught up in our careers and our ambitions. Even when we achieve success, we tend to keep pushing our goals higher and higher. Unfortunately, that usually results in a lot of stress, and our relationships and health can suffer a lot. That’s why I found “Live Each Day” to be such an important, and USEFUL book.

Jim McCarthy draws on his own experiences as a successful Silicon Valley tech guy who, unfortunately, suddenly got a cancer di
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Robbie
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly Recommend—Solidly Researched &Highly Actionable Book Designed to Help Anyone Maximize Both Pleasure and Purpose

I have heard Jim speak and have read his book. What is wonderful about the book is that it makes you feel like Jim is in the room, candidly sharing his journey and challenges, framing and explaining key practices that can dramatically improve your life, and encouraging you to actually make these practices habits.

Jim blends analysis with exercises, and encourages the reader to e
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Guillermina Castellanos
I heard Jim speak a few years ago and enjoyed the experience immensely. He is a warm, funny, and highly skilled communicator. And I was delighted to discover the same engaging, and encouraging tone in this book. The amount of laborious research is evident, and yet it is an easy and enjoyable read. He is self-effacing and compassionate, and I feel accompanied and supported by him as I embark on this journey of making every moment of every day count. The exercises are wonderful. I appreciate the l ...more
Tom Gerson
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended. Thorough and practical.

A good friend encouraged me to read this book, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected. The writing is lean and easy to read, and McCarthy does a great job drawing from a combination of personal storytelling and research, without overdoing one or the other. The exercises are thoughtful, helpful, and a reasonable amount of work. There’s an interesting discussion on the importance of both pleasure and purpose that in particular I found insightful. The
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Nilufar Umaralieva
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Jim McCarthy's "Live Each Day: A Surprisingly Easy Guide to Happiness" book and feel very thankful for the life that i have. Very interesting and easy, and sometimes funny, read that makes you evaluate priorities in your life and realize that you are the master of your happiness. Recommend reading this easy guide!
Mirko Pohle
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is truely something of a special read. It’s personal, insightful, factual, down to earth and inspiring. I’d encourage any friend to tell another friend to give it a look
Jim McCarthy
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I am the author of this book, so I guess it's fair to say that I've already "read it", and I think it's excellent! ; -)

But seriously, here is some praise for the book, from thought-leaders and authors:

“A wake-up call to living your life to the absolute fullest. This book shows you how.”
Randy Taran, founder of Project Happiness and author of Emotional Advantage

“Live Each Day is an ambitious achievement. Jim McCarthy takes fascinating anecdotes from his intriguing career and provides the
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Naotake Murayama
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for those looking for a practical and empirically supported approach to improving one's outlook on life, self-esteem, and relationships with those one care about presented in a highly personable and approachable style. Reminded me of the limited presence we all have on this earth and how little "influence" and/or "control" we have over our circumstances that should be recognized and used to its fullest. It is not, however, an instant feel-good, rids-all-anxieties kind of book (as the ...more
Csimplot Simplot
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
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Jim McCarthy teaches people how to create their happiness by blending mindfulness techniques and timeless wisdom with simple, science-based practices. He is a thought-provoking TEDx speaker and bestselling author of the book Live Each Day: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Happiness. He has presented his innovative and highly acclaimed “Happiness Keynote” to organizations of all sizes across the U.S. ...more

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