I recently read The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: And How They Can Do The Same For You by Rohan Healy. The title seems to make an audacious claim. After reading it, I feel Rohan make good to his claim.
The happiness that Rohan was searching for was not a feeling of extreme giddiness, but contentment in every area of his life. Learning about his struggle as he explains in the beginning of the book helped me to understand the reason for his quest to find happiness. Although I cannot say we have had similar experiences, I can empathize because so much of his story is relatable.
It is my opinion that there are two types of people who need to read this book:
(1) Unhappy People
(2) Happy People
What can unhappy people gain from reading this book?
The 7 things are explained, tried, and provided good results. Rohan uses a very logical matter-of-fact approach to expound how each of the 7 things has helped him. If you are unhappy and want to change that, it is definitely worth investigating Rohan’s path to happiness. In addition to the research and reasoning that he provides, Rohan has included exercises (so have your pen and paper ready). He encourages you as the reader on a journey of truthful self-examination. This is extremely necessary. Asking questions which open your mind will facilitate the process of understanding the root causes of your unhappiness. Once you know the root cause, you can work to eliminate that negative element or reduce its overall effect. Why live with frustration, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness
How can a happy person benefit?
When I first picked up this book, I admit the title intrigued me. I was curious to know if I am doing some of the same 7 things that made him happy. What brings contentment to a person’s life often depends on their upbringing, morals, and experiences. But there are many things that are innately human. No matter who we are, where we live, or educational or socio-economical level we have, we yearn for the same basic needs. How we go about fulfilling those needs will determine our level of contentment and happiness. In line with this thinking, the 7 things explained by Rohan enabled me, as a self-proclaimed happy person; put to the test what I thought I already knew. Using his exercises, I performed a candid assessment of myself. Rohan’s thought process reinforced to me to keep what I was doing. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I was on the right track.
I am sure once you read this book; you will no doubt have a favorite of the 7 things. As for me, my favorite was #2. In fact I liked it so much that I bought Rohan’s other book Greeks To Geeks: Practical Stoicism in the 21st Century .
Rating Scale of 1 – 5: ♥ ♥♥♥♥
***In the spirit of full disclosure, I received an advance copy of this book to read in order to review. But that in NO way affected my opinion of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I hope you do too!
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