My New Years Resolution is to read two books a month equaling 24 books a year. During the month of January I read the book ‘A Whole New Mind’ by Daniel Pink and ‘Happier at Home’ by Gretchen Rubin.
‘A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future’ – Daniel Pink
I rate this book 8 out of 10. It was mind-blowing, figuratively and literally speaking. I loved reading this book, because it divides the population into two different kinds of people (which I love doing), and prepared readers for the future to come where more spiritual meaning will begin to become more relevant. It also outlines a few practical steps to exercise your right brain. Examples are: keep a design notebook, record someone’s stories, join a laughter club. How cool!
‘Happier at Home’ – Gretchen Rubin
The prequel to this novel, The Happiness Project, inspired me to no end. I bought the book at an airport en route to Hawaii and read the book back to front over and again while taking extensive notes. The book was a breath of fresh air. I don’t understand all the stigma with self-help is (I cherish and love self improvement and have no shame in that), but Gretchen Rubin artfully takes the subject of happiness and with her writing style creates a lovely and inspiring dialogue with the reader to encourage them to live happier. There is no self-help to be found in The Happiness Project books.
Happier at Home, quite different to The Happiness Project, describes Rubin’s voyage into appreciating and loving what she has ALREADY. Instead of saying ‘accomplish this milestone and you will be happy’ she encourages you to take a good look at what you have and go about improving these things to make yourself and your family ‘happier’. I love it, I absolutely love it all.
Suggestions: A Whole New Mind is a must-read for all audiences. Happier at Home is a mom-book, read if you have a passion for happiness and all things nice and lovely.