I am an Objectivist and the author of this book. This is a short ebook on how to be happier! It is for Objectivists and Non-Objectivists alike. The advice is centered around a single (but complicated) summary paragraph. The meaning of that paragraph is then explained and explored for the remainer of the book. The book also contains a more usef... (See the whole review)
Ok, since no one else has yet done so - Iíll review my own book!
The Happiness Paragraph is a concise and somewhat philosophical guide to help people become happier. The author begins with the notion that all people (implicitly) are seeking happiness, and the trouble is simply in their methods. He re-defines happiness as an overarching evaluation of the success of your life - contrasting this with the shorter-term concept of joy. The heart of his single, summary paragraph is an emphasis on personal achievement, which he regards as the key to happiness. Other ideas reviewed include value harmony, the need for continued achievement to remain as happy as possible, stretching as part of goal-setting, how money relates to happiness, rewards & celebrations, friendship & romance, and the long-term benefits of virtues.
One of the main positives of the book is that it focuses on the essentials of happiness. This can help the novice or professional philosopher alike. It is also reasonably comprehensive in at least mentioning all of the relevant issues, although it does not delve deeply into any of them.
This book would likely be fun and beneficial reading for those very familiar with Ayn Randís ideas on happiness. These same readers, though, wouldnít find a lot that was new or surprising within. It would most benefit those who are not familiar with Ayn Randís ideas. For them it would represent a careful, easily digested introduction to a better approach to living. Those wanting a more spiritual approach to happiness, or a greater focus on relationships, may be disappointed by this book.
I like what you have had to say but you are new here and just dropped in with your book information like one of those infomercial salesman on late-night TV. I mean, I didn't know whether it was a book on how to get happy or on how to correctly dispose of a Sham-Wow.
I hope that you don't evaluate the initial lack of attention you've got as something that puts you in contrast or in indifference with or to some or all of the others here. I hope you stick around and participate make yourself known, and it may even help you sell books.
Act now and we'll throw in this comemorative photo of Ayn Rand...
Yes, I can see your point.
Really, though, I just assume everyone is busy like me! I generally work 6 days and week and now have a newborn at home - so to read someone's book and comment on it is time-consuming, I know. Also - I didn't provide the book.
By the way, anyone on this forum who wants a free copy can just email me (DRALWAY at GMAIL.COM).
My last post on RoR was in 2005 (something about free will) so, yes, I've not exactly been active. Probably something to do with those 6 day weeks...