Saturday, January 04, 2014
The Happiest Life-A Book Review
It’d be impossible to do 10,000 interviews without gleaning significant wisdom. More difficult still to distill some of that wisdom into a small book that can be placed on the nightstand or bathroom reading rack but Hugh Hewitt has done that! Not to say that this isn’t a great book; rather that it is entertaining and thought provoking but concise enough to chomp on in small doses. I found myself revisiting sentences and ideas more than once and my copy has notes in it such as, “Wish he’d written more on energy; great chapter on empathy; friends encourage; important note on the gifts being applicable in all relationships and spheres…”
The challenge in pursuing the Happiest Life that Hugh talks about is to seek to give to others through encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, empathy, humor, graciousness and with gratitude. Hugh challenges us to look at other human beings with new eyes to see the glory that is in each of us; and the blessing of bestowing these gifts to one another as we move through this life.
‘The secret to success’ is woven throughout the book and I found the rabbit trails and side-stories to be as rewarding and instructive as the key points. It is one of those books where if you skim you run the risk of missing some hidden treasure; even the conclusion was a cohesive addition to the entirety of the work.
This book would make a great gift for the young adult in your life or for yourself as a tool for self-reflection. Happiness and success are pursuits worthy of the investment.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book and asked to give it an honest appraisal.