I first heard this guy on a podcast and was more than a little intrigued to get his book, which is packed with practical tips and advice to increase happiness. It may be the self-help book that I have made the most bookmarks ever! That doesn’t mean I wholeheartedly, unreservedly agreed with everything, because I don’t. I believe that you can have a different top priority and still work on your happiness. Interested in more? Keep reading Kendy’s Book Review: Happiness from the inside out…
Here are two quotes to set the tone of where this book goes. “Your life will always be filled with challenges. it’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” “Happiness can be learned.”
TCCU Director Kendy Anderson reviews the book: Happiness from the Inside Out by Robert Mack
With his upbeat, um, happy, attitude the author is absolutely convinced that anyone can increase their happiness. He asserts that people who make happiness their top priority cannot help but succeed, in increasing their happiness and in life.
“Over a decade of research shows that successful people, by and large, are happy first. Happiness comes before, and lead to, success.”
Some of the tools explored are, practicing non-attachment, focusing on the positive, appreciating yourself, telling a happier story and embracing adversity. Some, not all. You’ll have to read it yourself to uncover the other tools he provides.
Putting the reader in charge he says, “You always have the freedom to choose what you focus on and what you think and because your thoughts, and your focus color your feelings, you are always free to choose freedom or bondage, happiness or unhappiness, euphoria or dysphoria.”
The author includes at the end of chapters 1-10, Inside-out happiness habits. Here are a few of them:
- Learn to change the topic, station, or scenery when things aren’t going well.
- Try a media fast
- Reach for a positive feeling before you speak
- Stop at good enough
- Mind your own business; stay on your side of the road
The book review site GoodReads.com offers this synopsis of Mack’s Happiness from the Inside out: “Mack describes eight tried-and-true principles for realizing unconditional happiness and achieving the unparalleled success that comes with it. With a little effort, anyone — regardless of current circumstances — can discover new levels of joy and contentment on the inside and live a wonderfully prosperous and abundant life on the outside.”
This was a jam-packed, feel good, you can do it, book on rewiring your brain for more happiness. In conclusion, the author says, “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of the thoughts in your head, not the amount of dollars in your pocket, the number of children you have at home, or the diplomas you have in your office. If you are not happy, you have to change your attitude.” Bam! That’s it! Get it, read it, try it!
And that concludes Kendy’s July Book Review: Happiness from the inside out. Want to read another? Here is June’s book review: Finding Your Way to Change. For even more of Kendy’s book reviews:
December Book Review: Motivational Interviewing by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick
November Book Review: Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson
October Book Review: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, PhD
September Book Review The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD
Interested in our upcoming NBHWC-Accredited Health and Wellness Coach Training? Start here.
Join our TCCU book club and earn 2 NBHWC-approved continuing education credits per month/book. Read one book per month, and join our virtual chat about the book’s key concepts and how to integrate them into your coaching practice. Cost is $9.99. To sign up or see the list of books, click here.