What is The Happiness Track about?
We all know that there is a link between happiness and success.
A very simple example of this, and one that the author, Emma Seppälä, uses in the book, is the scenario of arguing with your spouse or loved one before you go to work in the morning. Throughout the rest of the day, you can see how that dispute affects your productivity.
You continually replay the events of that morning in your head, thinking about what you should have said or done. That will affect your work quality, impact your productivity, damage your output, affect how you view the world, and influence how you interact with other people.
This book shows you how to manage your own mind and happiness to put you in the best position to succeed and achieve what you want to achieve.
Applying the science of happiness to accelerate your success
I like this read because it advises you to do the opposite of what every other ‘work hard success’ book tells you to do.
Other books often preach that to be successful, you need to work every hour that God sends, and you need to be hooked up to your phone 24 hours a day!
In contrast, Seppälä demonstrates that you can still be successful without running yourself into the ground and that taking some time out to work on your own happiness can help you achieve more.
Here is a brief breakdown of a couple of chapters to give you a little more information.
Chapter one is entitled, ‘Stop Chasing the Future.’ In this chapter, Seppälä explains how we can all too often become so fixated on our goals and dreams that we forget to enjoy the now. Yes, your goals and dreams are important, but you can still enjoy the present.
Another chapter, chapter five, entitled ‘Enjoy a Successful Relationship with Yourself,’ is all about how you relate to yourself and how that affects your potential.
For example, if you believe that you are terrible at painting, that becomes your limiting belief, and you will always be terrible at painting. After all, ‘he who believes he can and he who believes he can’t are both usually right.’
Yes, you need to know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, but how you relate to your weaknesses can often affect your potential in those areas.
Connections with other books
This book reminds me of another book that I have read and reviewed, ‘Thrive’ by Arianna Huffington. Although both books follow a similar theme, I much prefer this book to ‘Thrive.’
In this book, I can see some concepts that have appeared in other books.
In the book ‘The One Thing,’ there is a chapter about willpower and how it is a depleting resource that we must manage. In that book, the author refers to willpower as self-control, but the message pretty much follows the same lines on managing that resource to get you through the day.
Another concept in this book, managing energy for perfectionism, is also in Nigel Botterill’s book, ‘Botty’s Rules,’ titled ‘Good is Good Enough.’ The concept explains how you can waste time, energy, and resources on a task trying to make it perfect, even though the task does not warrant that level of perfectionism.
The Happiness Track Overall
‘The Happiness Track’ is very well written. The book is concise, straight to the point, moves from concept to concept very quickly, flows nicely, and the information given in the book is robustly backed up with case studies, research, and evidence.
I got a lot of value from the book, and I enjoyed the time I spent reading it. At no point did reading the book feel like a chore.
Do I feel happier after reading the book? I’m going to say yes.
Do I feel as though I can achieve more having read the book? Again, I’m going to say yes.
Overall, the book’s lessons have allowed me to take a bit of the pressure off myself, take happiness out of the now, and free myself up to be more creative and productive.
All in all, the book is a very valuable read that I highly recommend.
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This book review is my personal opinion and experience of ‘The Happiness Track.’
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The Happiness Track
I find The Happiness Track to be very well written – it’s concise, straight to the point, it moves from concept to concept very quickly, it flows nicely, and it is backed up really well with case studies, research, and evidence. Not only do I feel as though I got a lot of value out of it, but I also enjoyed the time that I spent reading it. At no point did it feel like a chore.
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