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Wiktoria Wysocka Didn't like it personally, I was bored really fast. Although it has a nice, fluid, light style of writing, there was something missing...
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I read the book and many chapters read like a college essay or blog post. The first chapter which I'll dub "happy outside happy inside,." was a great beginning the tapers off and she states many times, she has had a stable life, no health scares, divorces or any major event in her life. She comes off as a pretentious white New Yorker. I see her trying to find fulfillment in writing, and in one chapter she hooks up her daughters teacher up with her literary agent so they can write a book. This is not the average persons struggle. I know here experiences are real for her, she has had ups and downs. She just doesn't get it, any struggle, she lives in New York and wants to be nicer. She visits her home state and sees how nice they are. She lives in Manhatten with in-laws that live down the street. She get along with them. Where is the struggle, it all internal. Maybe I'm cynical, but she wrote a chapter on buying some happiness. She wrote three paragraphs on buying $3.00 pens. "She bought four of them. ... why should you suffer through companies who giveaway their pens, when you can have a really nice pen. " I get it she writes for a living. The other chapter that annoyed me was Chapter 8 : Contemplate the Heavens, She needed to meditate on Eternity. She says she has no religious background and you can tell. She say imitate the Spiritual masters, and spends the whole D^%# chapter quoting Teresa of Saint Augustine. She is all over the place. (hide spoiler)]
Beverley I used it more as an instructional book. How to get things started and then run in my own direction. Great ideas to get you started. Never saw it as a story as much as instructional and light reading.
Amanda Robinson I tried, but I got bored and couldn't finish it. There's nothing in this book that isn't easily read in a women's magazine article. Not a fan.
Bibliovoracious It is informative (during her year of exploration she reads far more books about happiness than I ever could and discusses her findings) and it's a good stepping off point for examining what you might want to integrate into your life for more satisfaction, even if you disagree with her choices.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Check out some of the reviews up there under the title. You'll get a good idea of how people felt about it. That's what GR is here for.
Anne i liked it a lot. its definitely informative and automatically makes you examine your life. its easy to read. true, everyone has heard about those tips and some point or another, but its the way the author combines it which really spoke to me. its like youre reading a book about her journey, but at the same time i got so much out of it for myself. but since its not a classical self-help book with do this or that, i personally didnt get bored.