My review begins with a question for you readers: are you smiling right now? If you answered no, you need to continue reading and seriously consider which book you’ll read next. If you answered yes, congratulations, but please continue to read on as well.
I am currently reviewing a stupendous book, and I am smiling. I don’t think I usually wear a grin on my face while I sit in front of my glowing screen trying to encourage all the wonderful HS readers to read the suggested book. This time, I am smiling, and I truly hope you’ll be inspired and proactive about snatching and reading 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) by Galen Pearl.
Now, I’m not guaranteeing that you will have a permanent smile on your face, but I have noticed that I smile out of happiness a lot more and for many more reasons than before. Through Pearl’s book, I have concluded that I’m already in my “happy place”, I just need to practice being aware of it. I have finally stopped fantasizing about my happy future, and how much happier I will become in the unknown days ahead of me. Instead, I am happy, right here, right now. I believe everyone will smile more, for a longer amount of time, and discover peace by reading this book.
The book is a quick and easy read, peppered with quotes, proverbs, bumper sticker slogans, and even song lyrics that reinforce each step. And with the knowledge and understanding of these steps, you can put them into action, and enjoy each day to the maximum.
The anecdotes that Pearl provides had me amazed. Pearl describes her experiences, and although I’ve had very different ones, I was able to empathize. I have had the same thoughts, expressions, reactions, interpretations, anxieties, etc. that she describes by using her personal stories. And that’s another reason why I enjoyed this book so much– I felt that it was very intimate. I almost cried at times. I laughed, and I shook my head in agreement with the various stories. Reading what she chose to share truly made me feel connected with her. It was like reading advice and encouragement from a dear friend.
You’re only 10 steps away from genuine happiness, or maybe even less, especially if you’re a regular visitor to this site Happiness Series! Either way, it’s worth reading an uplifting book such as 10 Steps to Finally Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) to ensure that you’re truly in your happy place or on your way. This isn’t an occasional happiness that she guides you towards, either. The happiness Pearl writes about is an all-encompassing, calm, sustaining happy.
Personally, I am working on steps 3, giving up the delusion of control, and 10, which explores living in the present- the now moment. I feel very confident that I will be able to succeed in having a better grasp of these with guidance from the book. And I want to reiterate that I’m smiling. Thanks to Pearl’s book, I am grateful for having the opportunity to read and write about her book, and to reach out to people who are serious about finding their own path leading to true personal happiness. It is out of my control (look at me practicing my steps!) to make you look more into this book, but for happiness sake, I hope you do.
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About the Author: Kathryn Bratslavsky, originally from Moscow, Russia, moved to the States in 1990. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English. Kathryn is an avid reader with a variety of favorite authors, like Gibran, Thoreau, Chekhov, Lahiri, Maupassant, Satrapi, and Tolstoy. Kathryn's mission is to provide Happiness Series visitors with an extensive compilation of HS worthy books. Her hope is that the recommended books will inspire and contribute to one's happiness.