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Friday, March 3, 2017

Be Happy: Simple Secrets to a Happier Life by Hank Smith -- Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

{Product Details}

  • Title:  Be Happy: Simple Secrets to a Happier Life
  • Author: Hank Smith, PhD
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (February 1, 2017)
  • Genre: nonfiction, Christian/LDS
  • ISBN-10: 152440263X
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Details}
 You can be happy—solidly, genuinely happy—no matter what's going on around you, no matter what happens to you, no matter what storm comes along to batter and bruise you.
Keep reading, and I'll show you how . . .
Face it: it's not always easy to feel happy. With all of the worries and trials of day-to-day life, the cares of the world can seem overwhelming. But as popular speaker and author Hank Smith demonstrates, no matter your circumstances, you can be happy—the kind of happy that illuminates you from the inside out, a joy that does not depend on what happens to you but on what you do with what happens. With his characteristic humor, Hank offers readers a fresh perspective on finding joy in the journey with a collection of tools and strategies designed to inspire genuine happiness, such as: 

• Learning to develop an optimistic outlook
• Understanding how to deal with feelings of depression
• Mastering ten simple tricks to jump-start your joy each day
Featuring an inspiring collection of real-life examples, enlightening doctrinal direction, and motivating goals, Be Happy is the guide you need to start living a happier life, today!

{My Review}
Everyone in the world is on a quest for Happiness. We search in places far and wide, good and bad places, when we should first start in our search at home. This is something that I gained from this book from the beginning. Our happiness is right in front of us if we just open our eyes and reach out and take advantage of it. As I read the book I had my purple pen by my side and underlined so many things that were jumping out at me and telling me to take them to heart. Now my book is very purple inside. I could write my own book on things that I loved, but I'm just highlighting a few that I want to remember and incorporate in my life.

  •  "Real happiness-the genuine lasting kind of happiness comes from within. It's a part of who you are. It doesn't depend on what happens to you." This truly made me think because let's face it, I've had some tough things happen in my life such as a divorce and a death of a child, so remembering that I can be happy despite all of the other crazy things that have happened to me...well that makes me happy!  
  • "Happiness is contagious." Basically, we're told here to try and be around happy people because they can lift you up. Don't ignore those who may be unhappy because of life's circumstances, but try and spend as much time with happy people as you can.
  • "Work hard, we need work to be happy."  I like this because it reminds me of my wonderful father who taught all of his children to be hard workers. My dad was always happy at his chosen profession. In the book, the author tells how work and happiness go hand in hand because the exhilaration of being creative and the boost of confidence that come along with hard work makes us happy. 
I also really liked how Hank Smith addressed the issue of depression and anxiety in the book. In fact, there is a whole chapter on it and it talks about it in a clear way to help the reader see how it's not something that will go away by being "cheered" up. It's stated very clearly how depression is not sadness or grief or a bad mood but is a biological chemical problem. Bravo Hank for including this in the book!
I loved "Be Happy" and its wise words of wisdom and steps to make some changes in our lives that will lead us towards more happiness. I know that this book will be one that I will return to often and will share with family and friends."Be Happy" would also make a great gift for anyone who may need that extra lift in their life. 

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{About the Author}

Hank Smith teaching in the Religious Education Department at BYU and is a favorite speaker for Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Education Week. Hank and his wife, Sara, were both born and raised in St. George, Utah. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons. Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots and lots of ice cream (which is why he runs marathons). More than anything else, he loves being at home spending all day with his wife and children. For more information visit Hank Smith's Fan Page on Facebook.

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