I started reading a new book today. One that I got for my birthday. One that I am liking very much so far. It is called Stumbling on Happiness and it is by a lad called Daniel Gilbert. I suppose I should admit that this isn’t a self-help book. When reading it, it has a humour that is kind of charming but it will not bring you to any understanding of how to be happier – all it does is point out why you are not. It all has something to do with delayed gratification and how you do things now because you imagine they will make you happier in the future but when you get there you are dissatisfied. The author tells stories like you buy a muffin now because you know you will be happier after you eat the muffin – the act of buying it is an investment in the future. It all makes sense to me. But still – there is no solution to why, having eaten the muffin, you may feel no happier than before, and infact may feel worse. Anyway, I like the book. The Amazon reviews are good (though someone said it was like ‘Like a Eunuchs Guide to a Brothel’ and someone else said ‘It made me unhappy’ mostly they are very good) and it is rated 4 stars. And what is most important - I like it. you may have noticed that I have so far FAILED to finish reading any self-help books. I start strong and with good intention but really, they are kinda dull right? This one could be the first one I actually complete.
A year of self-help...
You ever wonder who reads self-help books?
Throughout 2009 I will be reading, following, reviewing, and blogging anything to do with self-help books.
"I've learned in life that if you chase something for long enough, pretty soon it will start chasing you." (Tommy Lee - The Dirt - Page 44)