The Post-College Guide to Happiness

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When most people graduate from college, most assume they have everything figured out, especially what will make them happy. They assume things like finding that special someone or getting a high-paying job will be their path to bliss. The reality is that happiness comes from within, and there are ways to train yourself to be happy no matter what your circumstances. Includes 35 happiness exercises More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465788856
About Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor, director and producer who enjoys dabbling in both theatre and
film. Bryan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees
in English and Dramatic Art with a minor in Creative Writing. He has written or co-written the
plays Chekhov Kegstand, Something from Nothing, Kerpow! and The Morning After. He founded
the website Build Creative Writing Ideas in late 2008 and he currently serves over ten thousand users a month. Bryan is a full-time freelance writer and he currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Review by: Irazema Fuentes on May 22, 2012 :
I agree very inspirational and positive!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: c hall on May 12, 2012 :
Great book that I got as a giveaway - thanks! Very inpirational and positive. Great exercises. I feel new motivation coming on since reading. Thanks for the book and the inspiration. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beverly McClure on April 26, 2012 :
The word happiness means different things to different people. What makes one person happy doesn’t necessarily make another person happy. So what’s the difference?

In Bryan Cohen’s book, The Post College Guide to Happiness, the author relates how he found happiness in his life. He decided to share his story with others, by writing a guide to happiness for recent college graduates. Let me tell you, though, I’ve been out of college for many years and I still found the book enlightening. So no matter your age, you’re likely to see something here that will refresh your happiness if you’re already a happy person, or help you in your search for happiness. The book contains seven categories with workouts and exercises. You have the chapter “Brainy Bliss” for those I a rut. Sometimes I’m comfortable in my little rut; other times it gets boring and I need to make changes. The Post College Guide to Happiness gives you a workout to help you break out. Or how about the chapter “Money and Happiness.” Of course, money brings happiness. Or does it? Do you have goals? If not, this book will help you set your goals. There’s way too much information here to tell you everything. My favorite chapter is Chapter 3, “True Love and Contentment.” It’s all about how we react to a given situation. Thought I haven’t had a chance to try them yet, the workouts look promising.

The author uses examples of real people, telling their stories and suggesting further reading. He even include a “controversial chapter” in trusting God as your supply. I agree with his thoughts on prayer. A prayer should begin with “thank you.” At the beginning, your prayers should be positive. Then you need faith and to believe. That’s all I’ll say now. I don’t want to give anything away about the book. But if you’re searching for happiness and money hasn’t given it to you, popularity hasn’t brought what you need, and all the other things you thought you needed to be happy, give The Post College Guide to Happiness a read. You’ll be happy you did.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: aobibliophile on April 26, 2012 :
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. - Buddha


happiness is all around and it is for everyone. it is not as elusive as some people think it to be. author Bryan Cohen believes that it is within one's reach and explains why and how through his treasure trove of data gathered from his personal experiences, his readings and research.
this book was an eye-opener for me. how i wished that it were already available when i was still in college and getting myself ready to face the world. i would probably have been better equipped but as the author asserts, it is not and never too late though and i agree with him.
i liked the way everything is structured. there are eight chapters that provide a wealth of information and tips. each ends with doable "happiness workouts." however, the first step to any undertaking and achieving something is usually the hardest. so i personally feel that a thorough understanding of the first chapter and doing the exercises until they become second nature is critical before moving on to the next one and so on.
i also liked the bibliography provided at the end of the book. among those listed, two are already in my personal library - Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.
change does not happen overnight and it takes some time. success - whatever that means to you or me - can be achieved by a willingness and conscious effort on one's part.
as i look back at the past and think about my future, i have realized that achieving a general feeling of happiness is really worth it. after all, i only have one life to live and it is my desire to make the most out of it by being happy no matter what.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) on April 23, 2012 :
This is an extremely enlightening book. Even if you think you don't need it, it is worth a read. Simple philosophies with easy hands on methods. It is also not a long book. I liked the simple humor, easy to relate to examples and the recap chapter at the end that helps reinforce the concepts.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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