I also resonate with the thoughtfully chosen title, as it highlights the theme that a happy life is not an event, but a journey. Each chapter is full of exercises, thought provoking questions and ideas for meditation that urge the reader along the path toward happiness..
One chapter highlights the simple, yet empirically proven practice of daily gratitude. This is a principle that I use with most of my clients in my own counseling practice. I designed a simple handout to record Three Good Things. About Good Thing, the client is asked to list a way that they contributed to the Good Thing that happened. Of course, God is credited for our blessings, but we must make ourselves available to participate in the blessings. Optimism is that realization that each individual can do things that make a difference. It's a walking away from helplessness and passivity.
Happiness is a journey that each of us can set out on. Happier acts as a map for the trip; each set of expectations and exercises is a guidepost encouraging the reader along the way.
THREE GOOD THINGS
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. William Faulkner
List three good things that happened to you today. Make them specific.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
Write a possible explanation of why these good things happened