Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners, The Power of Positive Thinking, an e-book written, copyright and published by Ani Right.

The book provides a lengthy, all-encompassing disclaimer, followed by free book offers for reviews/comments “…to hear from you to enable me to improve to better meet your expectations”, a Table of Contents that offers an Introduction and Conclusion bracketing seventeen chapters of suggestions of how to live a more fulfilling and happier life. It seemingly follows much of the somewhat controversial mid-twentieth century minister, Norman Vincent Peal’s influential books, notably his book Power of Positive Thinking, to provide in a more simplistic manner the myriad factors required to reach one’s projected goal.

This author’s presentation does set forth much material that well could provide a beginning to the individual without a clue as to how to attain a happier and more meaningful life. The manner in which it is provided is exactly in this vein – a straightforward, unsophisticated approach that reminds the reader to be grateful for things as simple as “the air we breathe, doctors and nurses for their abilities, soldiers for their self-sacrificing endeavors, sunrise, your job whether you like it or not and even street cleaners”. Included also in the collection of things for which you should be grateful are missing a train or bus because: “You don’t know what you have just avoided. There are people who have missed their trains only to find out later that the train they missed was involved in an accident”. In other words, remove all negativity from your thought processes. Further suggestions are set forth in a homely manner that intersperses a number of platitudes and a quite persuasive pitch for the importance of gratitude. The reader may encounter some degree of ambiguity occasionally; e.g. in the first 4 chapters – a summary statement: “…in spite of mistakes, I completely accept myself, in spite of that bad condition. I totally like myself. In spite of that negative event… I totally and completely accept myself under all conditions” vs. Chapter 9: “the first step to handling negative thoughts is by setting up a reasoning parameter that will help filter your thoughts and remove any negative thoughts. How do you do that? Well you can decide to distract or shut off your mind when negative thoughts present themselves. However, it will be best to put the negative thought process through a verification process to ascertain if it (the) fears are real.” So, in such areas the reader simply must ‘pay a bit more attention to discern the proper path’.

To conclude: If a reader is looking for a definitive plan for finding a path to a fulfilling and happy life, this book is NOT for you. However, if you are completely without a thought as how even to begin to search for a ‘better way’, you no doubt will find this book helpful. Although judicious editing would have enhanced the message, the author has presented this introductory material in a totally unsophisticated, homely manner that, apropos the book’s title, should be helpful.

4* Appropriately titled book

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