A Short Guide to a Happy Life

A Short Guide to a Happy Life

From the author of Blessings and Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen’s classic reflection on a meaningful life is the perfect gift for graduation, or any occasion.

“Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live . . . to love the journey, not the destination.”

In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to “get a life”—to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. “Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us,” Quindlen writes, “because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.” Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: “It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason. . . . I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted.” But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.

Title:A Short Guide to a Happy Life
ISBN:9780375504617
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    A Short Guide to a Happy Life Reviews

  • Lisa

    I don't read or browse through self-help books much. You get to a certain age, however (42, in my case) and, if life deals you a bad hand (over and over...and over again), the questions grow and the a...

  • Zainab

    Honestly, If I hear/read 'Life is short' one more time, things will be whooped.I mean the 'advises' in this book....goddamn...... "Kiss your mom, hug your dad" wtf? ...

  • Greg

    This world would be a much better place if people who read books like this would look beyond their initial "cliché" reaction, and actually think about why counsel like this becomes so common. Perhaps...

  • Lucy

    Oh my, what a waste of 20 minutes. This book is full of cliche after cliche. Glass half empty type stuff. I learnt nothing except to avoid this author in the future. You are better off listening to Mo...

  • alison cross

    this book was first realized as a speech given at by Ms. Quindlen at my college commencement. in the past 10 years i have read and re-read these words that i still recall so fondly. the experiences in...

  • ????

    1. Show up. Listen. Try to laugh.2. You cannot be really good at your work if your work is all you are.3. Get a life, a real life. Not a manic pursuit of the next promotion.4. Turn off your cell phone...

  • John of Canada

    Nothing really new here,but that doesn't diminish its value.Simple messages are usually the best.Lots of nice pictures to go along with lots of lovely thoughts....

  • Liza Fireman

    I love Anna Quindlen, and in this book she gives some advice for people who need a reminder of how to live a happy life. This week a read a few self help (full coincidence, but it was great), "get con...

  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    I got this for free from The Book Thing www.bookthing.org (totally worth a road trip to Baltimore). It was a quick read, encouraging readers to appreciate the simple joys in life and remember what's i...

  • Jen Brodehl

    5 Stars- A super quick read with a big message. I loved this inspiring book that explains why it’s so important to live your best life. Thanks Amy for loaning it to me!!😘...