Choice: Uncover and Claim Your Happiness by Melaine Steele

3/5 stars.
ebook, 56 pages.
Read on March 03, 2014.

I stumbled upon this book through Goodreads as I found the cover and the book summary appealing. From Goodreads:

Every day most of us choose to be unhappy. Unintentionally, of course. We make choices all the time that hold us back. Meanwhile, the happiness available to us literally passes us by…

It’s time to choose what’s important, what truly matters, what will fulfill you. It’s time to choose what opens you up to the life you were meant to live, the way you were meant to live it. It’s time to choose happiness.

This guidebook shows you how.

CHOICE is a straightforward, engaging handbook that will help guide you through the simple and essential art of choosing happiness.”

The concept that the author is trying to portray is one that I have been trying to use on myself on over the last two-years. The problem I have with the summary and the book itself is that I found it wasn’t really much of a guide-book. The author does a great job at detailing why happiness is choice and why you should embody this concept in your every day life but I found the brevity of the book didn’t provide much guidance from that. Positivity, gratitude and meditation were three items that the author suggested in assisting in choosing happiness but she provided very little information of how to do this. For example, negative and self-destructive thoughts are a massive habit for a lot of people and in order to choose to be happy this is a habit that has to be overcome. The author was just a bit too vague on the how-to details and support for my liking. I think if the author invested a few more hours of research and added another 50 or so pages this book would have been a more efficient and structured guide.

Kudos to author for writing this still as it is a hugely important concept that has tremendous power to changes people’s lives and outlooks. It’s also a brave concept to write about because it would have required a lot of vulnerability on her part. The more that this idea is spread the more people can benefit from it, even if it just seems in one bit at a time.

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Author: pluviophilereader2313

I am a dweeb with a dash of geek who has a BA in English and Awesomeness. I have an obsession with running and cats and I also love to read, write and listen to angry music. I value learning for the sake of learning, proper grammar and the touch and smell of a real book. I love to laugh and make my friends and family laugh, though I can't always say that I'm appropriate but I wouldn't be who I am today without them.

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