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message 1: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy K As always, a well-written review. I don't think I'll read the book, since it seems like it is 90% fluff and 10% obvious health advice. As for the "gratitude journal", that sounds very Oprah, and not the stuff for serious people who want to avoid doing silly things. It reminds me of something I once read about to improve your happiness - "gratitude therapy" - where you are supposed to thank everyone and everything for what they do to help you - including thanking your toothbrush for keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Very silly stuff that was probably conceived during an acid trip gone wrong. My secret to happiness - live in a city where the weather is nice and the sun is shining all the time, and get outside in the sunshine every day. Maybe that makes me happy because the sun provides vitamin D, or maybe it's just better live in a warm and sunny city.

message 2: by Mike (new)

Mike W Jeremy, I largely agree. A good portion of the book is new-age "fluff". But there is some merit here. Someone who followed Dr. Weil's advice very likely would feel healthier and better... I'm not sure it's really a guide to happiness, though. Happiness seems to me to come from things that this book does not deal with much or at all--a meaningful career, deep friendships, good family life, and a satisfying philosophical outlook--and a reasonable amount of money helps too.

This book is more a guide to health, and maybe as one other reviewer put it, a means to getting out of depression, than a guide to happiness.

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