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Dam Good Publishing
on April 26, 2011 :
I suffer from SAD and I usually look at some SAD books but they don't help so much and haven't bothered reviewing them. I've been looking more at self-help, happier esteem books instead and Being Bliss is a nice one. It is definitely different than what I've read, and it's not a book you want to read in one sitting. This is a book you want to read a little each day, examine what the author is saying, and then follow the exercises.
At first, I was skeptical. I'm a mother, stuck at home in one place, one location, no car and a toddler. When she begins her adventure in Bali and then New York and onward as a free spirit, I wondered what in the world this could be teaching me. As I read more, in smaller doses, day by day though (especially the caring for others part) I understood more of what the book was trying to say. Since I started this book, I have really began to help others more as well and it has radiated some happiness within.
This book will reach some, and probably won't reach others. You won't know until you sample the book whether it's your thing, but I certainly loved it and don't regret my purchase at all.
I originally purchased this somewhere else, but you can check out the review on goodreads too if you want. Few books strike a five with me, but this was one of them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 28, 2011 :
I started to read this book with great qualms; I'm a person with a very dark outlook of life and sunny books bursting with cheery advice usually leave me in the cold. But Being Bliss suddenly cut through my skepticism.
The passage about the author's trip to Bali is quite a narrative hook, slowly pulling you along her road to reconcile with life and refocus her goals. Chiefly, she tells us how she achieved her personal version of happiness (this is the most important part; no one else's Happiness is good enough four us... it has to have our special own brand), mixing with the charming narrative that starts each chapter the tips and techniques that helped her.
Though I somewhat disagree with her viewpoints about Choice vs. Determinism, I can't help but recommend Being Bliss to anyone needing a special insight about happiness and Life.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)