Get ready for the 1st ever Book of the Month on this blog! I’ve decided that each month I will share with you the name of a book that I’ve discovered and loved reading. My hope is that you will be interested enough to check the book out further. Any of the clients that I’ve ever worked with could tell you that I’m always letting them know about a book or a magazine article that I feel might be helpful. I think information is power, and my goal with my clients is always to empower them.
The book for June is “How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People — Their Secrets, Their Stories”. The authors are Rick Foster and Greg Hicks. (Click on the title to go to their website and find lots of interesting details about this book, and the authors’ process of writing it.)
These two authors went around the country and asked a very large number of people one question, “Who is the happiest person you know?” They then went to these people and asked them about their sense of happiness and well-being. After that, they verified their self-perceptions by talking with their friends, family, and colleagues. They came up with a set of 9 personal behavior choices that were consistent among these people, that helped them to lead lives of happiness and contentment, no matter what their individual circumstances were. The book tells several personal stories and also includes a self-assessment tool so that the readers can measure their own happiness and discover what might be holding them back from being happier.
I loved reading this book, because it shows that no matter what our personal situation might be, there are so many things that we can do to improve how we experience our life. We all have our trials and tribulations, but it’s what we do with them that determines our sense of well-being. This book details a lot of different ways to change how you walk through your life. You’ll have to check it out to find what the 9 choices are. Give the book a try, and see if you don’t agree.