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"Now, that's a good book," was what I said to myself as I closed Get Happy!: 7 Secrets to Creating the Life You Want by Elizabeth Bruce. "And an important one," I added as I thought about the review I would write. Why good? Why important? Hasn't the topic of how to "get happy" been written to death? Store bookshelves are crammed with authors or health experts giving us the formula for that elusive thing called happiness. What could Elizabeth Bruce tell us that we hadn't heard before, and that still hasn't brought us the happiness we seek?
In Chapter 4, Elizabeth, a blogger and life coach, introduces her concept of a Happiness Blueprint based on Maslow's hierarchy of 7 basic needs. When those 7 needs are examined separately and closely, as she does in Get Happy!, we are each able to identify that one or more areas where our needs are not being met. And of course, if those needs aren't being met, that happy feeling we want will forever be fleeting and elusive.
To help us remember those 7 areas, Elizabeth supplies an acronym for the word "happiness." You will have to read the book to get that acronym and if you pick up Get Happy!, that's because you're looking for a way to, well, get happy. Elizabeth Bruce not only guides you through each step of this Happiness Blueprint, but she helps you understand why each area is so important to happiness, what past influences - your upbringing, culture, etc. - might be interfering with satisfying that particular need. She rounds up her treatise by reminding you that the power to change what is ingrained lies in your choices and what you tell yourself. The author provides exercises and copious examples to illustrate how this all works, and what exactly might be working against you. As a result, readers come away recognizing things they know on a much deeper level, but which day to day life forces them to ignore or bury.
Don't assume for one moment that this book is like all the rest. It isn't! Elizabeth Bruce hands readers the shovels they need to unearth what they aren't facing. And what they discover, if they dig deeply and diligently is how to "get happy."