Book Review – O’s Little Book of Happiness
August 7, 2015
With a sprightly dose of insightful inspiration, a sprinkling of practical advice, and a bounty of exuberant stories by great writers, O’s Little Book of Happiness features some of the best work ever to have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine. Inside you’ll find Elizabeth Gilbert’s ode to the triumph of asking for what you want, Jane Smiley’s tribute to the animal who taught her about lasting fulfillment, Roxane Gay’s sure-fire cure for complaining, Brené Brown’s celebration of the powers of play, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s take on the joyful participation in the universe, and much more. Revisiting fifteen years of the magazine’s rich archives, O’s editors have assembled a collection as stunning as it is spirit-lifting.
I came across this book while I was randomly perusing the new releases at the library. I love inspirational books on happiness, and this looked right up my alley. Did it meet my expectations?
On the Plus Side:
- If you need a positive and upbeat look at various aspects of life, these short articles will brighten your day and help you to focus on the things that are truly important.
- The articles feature a wide variety of authors, some of whom are quite popular and share some interesting life tidbits.
- If you only have a couple of minutes and need a boost, this book is perfect because the articles are all very short and can be read on the run.
On the Minus Side:
- I checked this out from the library, and to read this in one sitting can get a little old. It is definitely best enjoyed in short bursts.
- As I write this review a couple of weeks later, I don’t really remember any of the stories in particular. I think this book will give you a boost, but it won’t stay with you for the long term.
Overall, this was a pleasant read, but it was not earth-shattering or life-changing by any means. If quick snippets are your thing though, then this may be the book for you.
What book do you like to read when you need a happiness boost?