Book Number 16 : A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

Book number: 16

Book name: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Author: Anna Quindlen

Book Length: 64 Pages

Time taken to read: A short read from June 28- June 30

Genre: Philosophy

Recommended to: It’s a book full of life, it doesn’t talk about anything specific other than being happy. I’m sure many of you would think, what’s the big thing in knowing that, as everyone of us know that to be happy, but the question is do we actually feel that happiness from within?

Inspired me to learn about:

This book talks about life, how many times we forget to live in the moments we think that our work is our priority and our daily routine stuffs that keep us occupied is our priority. To take care of other people’s happiness around us is a priority, to make them feel good by being sad about something is our priority but in reality the question is are we actually living in the present or just being occupied doing things which unnecessary at times.

We gotta be in the moment and start living the life as it is rather than thinking about other stuff.

One of the statements by the author just made me fall for her simple mind:

“I’ve never earned a doctorate, or even a master’s degree. I’m not an ethicist, or a philosopher, or an expert in any particular field… I can’t talk about the economy, or the universe, or academe, as academicians like to call where they work when they’re feeling kind of grand. I’m a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is really all I know.”

Takeaways from the book:

The only thing you have that nobody else has is control of your life. You job, your day, your heart, your spirit. You are the only one in control of that.

  • “Show up. Listen. Try to laugh.”
  • “You cannot be really good at your work if your work is all you are.”
  • “Get a life, a real life. Not a manic pursuit of the next promotion.”
  • “Turn off your cell phone. Keep still. Be present.”
  • “Get a life in which you are generous.”
  • “All of us want to do well, but if we do not do good too then doing well will never be enough.”
  • “Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God gives us.” It is so easy to exist rather than to live… Unless you know a clock is ticking.
  • We live in more luxury today than ever before. The things we have today our ancestors thought existed for just the wealthy. And yet, somehow, we are rarely grateful for all this wealth.
  • The hardest thing of all is to learn to love the journey, not the destination.
  • “This is not a dress rehearsal. Today is the only guarantee you get.”
  • “Think of life as a terminal illness.”
  • “School never ends. The classroom is everywhere.”

(Takeaways are taken from James Clear)

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Sumit Yadav(25), popularly known as SumitOfficial, is a blogger from Mumbai who has been writing since 5 years, and has posted 600+ Blog Posts till now. He is an MBA and works in an Educational Industry in Mumbai as a Senior Career Consultant. His spare-time activities include creative things like -- Acting, Photographing, mimicking, singing. He has worked with Radios, appeared on National TV, interviewed authors, appeared on newspapers for multiple activities, and has written reviews for magazines. Also, he's been consistently writing offline in his journals for more than 875+ days now. He believes in Continuous Progression, and Exponential Growth. 

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6 thoughts on “Book Number 16 : A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen”

    1. Hey, Nanchi!
      First of all, I missed you and your posts a lot. I’ve been away from reverting here since a long time.

      And thank you for understanding what and why I read and share. I don’t crave to be the best, but wanna be better every day. That’s the goal.

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  1. I needed to read something like this and I am glad that you read it and it’s you who gives us the briefing of same.

    Happiness is anyway an illusion. But yaa we can try being in that state as long as it keeps us.

    Take care!

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    1. Hey, Rashmi!

      I’m glad you wanted something and I presented you already. Little things in life matter the most.

      And don’t say, happiness is an illusion
      Happiness is an emotion that makes you remember how you felt once. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. Keep smiling.

      See you around! ✨

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