The Happiness Recipe

A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters

Non-Fiction - Self Help
198 Pages
Reviewed on 07/02/2021
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters by Rebecca C Morrison offers practical techniques to identify and take steps to live a happy, fulfilling life. A happiness coach whose career in finance and law extended for over twenty years, Morrison can relate to the everyday struggles of balancing expectations, responsibilities, and leisure activities that many people face. The book identifies three types of gaps that create hurdles for people who want to live happy, easy lives: the authenticity gap, the emotional energy gap, and the physical energy gap. The authenticity gap occurs when one is not able to identify and own their priorities. The emotional energy gap exists when old beliefs and perceptions become obstacles to getting where we want to be and the physical energy gap occurs when how we spend time does not match our goals.

While the idea of living a happy life has been linked to making drastic changes such as giving up one’s job and living a reclusive lifestyle or traveling, which for most people is unrealistic, I loved that the tools discussed in The Happiness Recipe are accessible and easily actionable for anyone regardless of their situation or lifestyle. The book breaks down the challenges that stand in the way of living a life of happiness into lucid concepts that form the foundation for the book’s content. The gaps are well explained and tools to address each of them are included. The discussions are coherent and the language used is easy to understand. Action steps are separated by font and color from the rest of the text which makes it easy to identify and recall them. The Happiness Recipe by Rebecca C Morrison shares key, accessible tools for living a happy life.

Asher Syed

The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters by Rebecca C Morrison is a non-fiction self-help book with the intent of guiding readers to assess the lives they are living and to mix it up if your feelings about it do not come with a feeling of delight. The book is broken down into three distinct and interconnecting parts that address what Morrison lays out as 'gaps': The Authenticity Gap, the Emotional Energy Gap, and the Physical Energy Gap. These parts are then further broken down into twenty-two chapters that cover a wide range of ideas to efficiently close the gaps. These range from taking stock of how you spend your time and energy, the mechanics of the mind and nervous system and how to find your light, and learning to say no to things that do not matter to you, among much, much more.

The Happiness Recipe is a wonderful, easy-to-digest guide and Rebecca C Morrison is both encouraging and compassionate as she sets the framework to help us transition to a priority-aligned lifestyle. Less like a motivational book and more like a friend discussing where we can strengthen our quality of life over a cup of coffee, Morrison provides detailed and relatively easy to apply steps. As I read it was clear that the application of her points might require a marinade and pre-heating the oven before starting to cook, but the actionable steps are less daunting than they seem. For me, these were parts like identifying your 'season', which is really about the stage of life you are in now, as the principles and priorities shift. As an almost middle-aged man, this took some effort. What is about to be immediately deployed is Morrison's '30-second time out', which allows for emotions to de-escalate and not cloud logic. This is a fantastic book that was an absolute joy to read and I have no doubt others will feel the same way.

Kristy Volchko

The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters by Rebecca C Morrison is a step-by-step guide on how to begin decluttering your life, changing outdated or unnecessary belief systems, and ultimately recognizing and achieving what you want most. Happiness. Only you can know what that means for you and this book will show you just how attainable it is! The Happiness Recipe will help you identify how your life became so cluttered and how to ask yourself some hard but truthful questions. What are you willing to let go? What should you keep? Where do you even begin? This inspiring, comprehensive guide will help you peel those layers back, dig deep to unlock the answers from within, and achieve the kind of sheer joy you never believed possible!

The Happiness Recipe by Rebecca C Morrison is a positively enlightening, explanatory guide to self-discovery, which will no doubt inspire those who are seeking more out of life to finally challenge themselves to go and get their happiness! Between the pages of this well-written, uplifting read, there are so many wonderful tools geared toward helping find your very own path to bliss. Each person is so different in terms of goals, desires, emotional baggage, obstacles…but this encouraging book speaks to each reader as if it were meant solely for them. Rebecca C Morrison has delivered quite the recipe for happiness in a way that explains as well as inspires. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to take charge of their life once and for all and align themselves with their path to real happiness. I give The Happiness Recipe five stars!

Tommy Wong

The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters by Rebecca C. Morrison is a wonderful book as it contains a recipe that can lead to happier living. Through her own experiences and those in helping her clients and friends, Rebecca Morrison has uncovered three gaps that can cause people to be less happy. They are the authenticity gap, the emotional energy gap, and the physical energy gap. Cleverly, Rebecca Morrison has put these three gaps as three parts in The Happiness Recipe. In each part, there are several chapters in which she elaborates on the problems of the gap and then provides solutions to close the gap. Towards the end of each chapter, there is generally an “Action Step” section that contains great suggestions for moving towards a happier life.

Who wouldn’t like to live happily ever after? But it doesn’t happen haphazardly. It needs a rational and conscious approach. This is why I found The Happiness Recipe by Rebecca Morrison such a powerful guide since it provides just that approach. Also, as the book is based on Rebecca Morrison’s personal experience, and she shares many of her personal stories which I liked, it is easy to relate to where Rebecca Morrison is coming from. The book is well written and easy to follow. The message of “priority-aligned living” comes through loud and clear. Yes, if we want to be happy in life, we must be clear on our priorities and do what matters to us. A must-read for those who want a happier life.

Lesley Jones

Happiness is something we are all chasing but sometimes, whatever we achieve or accomplish, it seems to evade us. What is true happiness and how do we attain it? Throughout The Happiness Recipe, proud wife, mother, lawyer, and coach Rebecca C Morrison will share her practical approaches and provide ideas and techniques that will help you make radical changes in your life. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the constant pressures of life? Do you feel you're at a crossroads and are confused about which direction to take? Discover what truly inspires you and begin to take actionable steps towards your goals. Learn to live the life you truly deserve. Uncover the root cause of the limiting beliefs you hold about yourself and begin to dream without limits. Using the techniques and exercises in The Happiness Recipe, you will be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and compile a unique road map towards fulfillment and happiness.

The Happiness Recipe by Rebecca C Morrison is such a compelling and interesting read and the content is so relevant, I felt Becky was talking directly to me. I loved her use of analogies throughout; they relayed such a powerful message, especially the butterfly in the cocoon and the puzzle pieces. I could also relate to the personal stories she shared, they were really inspiring. The questions throughout were superb and require a lot of soul-searching and honesty to gain the maximum benefit. My favorite questions were in the Magic Mantra section. Becky's explanation of nervous system messages was absolutely mind-blowing. I have gained a deeper understanding of my self-imposed constraints and the obstacles that were inhibiting making positive changes in my life. I found the section on priority-aligned living amazing, especially The Authenticity Gap and how we allow others to tell us what we should think and believe. The steps to unpack guilt and how to build healthy habits were also extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend anyone who wants concrete techniques to move their life forward in a positive direction to read this book.