Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Private History of Happiness Book Review

I have another thought provoking book to share with you called A Private History of Happiness written by George Myerson.
A chronicle of happiness and pleasant moments from ancient Greece to more recent times, this collection contains 99 passages designed to give an uplifting perspective to modern life. Instead of advocating the latest gimmick, guide, or formula, this book offers a wider perspective on everyday instances of happiness from different times and many cultures, advocating that happiness is found within the self instead of a political mantra, Internet meme, or advertisement promise.  
Including noteworthy writers and thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius, Matsuo Basho, George Eliot, Louisa May Alcott, and many others, the passages relate the shared experiences of happiness throughout time, followed by a brief description and commentary that encourages further reflection and exploration.  
These moving and often beautiful expressions are drawn from intimate sources such as diaries, letters, and memoirs; and reveal how earlier generations of various cultures found happiness often in the smallest, most commonplace circumstances.
I think we all have moments of happiness and to each person that degree of happiness will be different.

These writers took 99 moments from around the world to illustrate how each person no matter what country that they were in, at some point in their lives, they had some happiness. Some had happiness that spanned awhile while others only had it fleetingly. But, I guess all in all, I would rather have known it than to have never known it at all.  Of course, it comes with a downside also, but in that moment, we don't know that, we are just happy and we hope that it will last, even if it crumbles before our fee, we still want that happiness.

This book will take you on a journey to discover moments of happiness. Maybe along the way you will remember some of your own.

Happy Reading!


“A remarkable compendium...What emerges is a refreshing celebration of happiness encrusted not in the bombastic language of our self-help pop psychology culture, but in the quiet humility of the real, the lived, the timeless human experience...”—BRAINPICKINGS

“Turning to the past where happiness suspended in time is found in letters and diaries, we find in Myerson’s book a charming resource...A jewel of a book, one worth keeping company within our hectic world.” —HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

"...these private glimpses of delights are a heartwarming dose of perspective."--SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

"This lovely book invites readers to contemplate their lives and begin taking pleasure in those precious little moments of simple happiness."--MONSTERS AND CRITICS

“It turns out that unpretentious, small joys have been shared by human beings across cultures and over thousands of years; in his sensitive commentaries, Myerson brings these precious past moments back to life, and into our lives.”—Harry Eyres, FINANCIAL TIMES columnist

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.