Friday, March 3, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Be Happy by Hank Smith, PhD

Be Happy: Simple Secrets to a Happier Life, by Hank Smith, PhD
2017, 272p, LDS Non-Fiction/Self-Help
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

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!

I love reading books like this to give me ideas on ways to improve my outlook on life. This book delivers! Hank Smith speaks in a conversational, down-to-earth way. He has a great sense of humor and I found myself laughing multiple times. His microwave story is the best!

I've been disappointed in books similar to this in the past when they seem to focus on surface ways to be happier. Hank Smith delves deeper and gives great ideas on ways to make lasting changes which will result in true happiness. His focus on patience gave me a lot to ponder on as I tend to be quite impatient and can see how following his advice can be life-changing. He also shares ten intentional happiness habits which I loved! I was already doing some of them and there are others I've started implementing and have already noticed a difference! He also has a chapter on true depression (as opposed to feeling down for a short period of time) which is worth reading whether or not you are depressed.

I wasn't too familiar with Hank Smith and I can see why he's a popular speaker. I will be sharing this book with my teenagers since he teaches these concepts in a more entertaining and lasting way than I can. This is a book that can be enjoyed by both teenagers and adults. It's fantastic for anyone looking for simple ways to live a happier life!

Hank Smith enjoys 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 four 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. 

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