A Fool's Guide to Actual Happiness

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Perfectionism prevents happiness. A quick light read. 
Many thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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I really appreciated the message in this book that perfection doesn't equal happiness and the fact that sometimes our focus on being perfect means we sacrifice happiness. Overall an enjoyable read with some good tips
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A Fool's Guide to Actual Happiness by Mark Van Buren was a quick, humourous read about mindfulness, meditation, and the benefits of cultivating one's own practise. I liked the message that who you are now, and where you are now on the path of life is just fine. That there's nothing wrong with wanting to continue to grow and improve, so long as you realise you are not bad or broken as you are. Much of the information was familiar to me, though I never mind getting refreshers. It keeps the info nearer the forefront of my mind, and that keeps me working more diligently on it. The concept of shenpa was new to me and I ended up getting Pema Chodron's audiobook that was mentioned. I also liked the emphasis in not taking oneself seriously. To cultivate laughter instead of anger when things don't go as planned. Overall great introduction! Highly recommended!

***Many thanks to Netgalley and Wisdom Publications for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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This book is a good overview of all things meditation and mindfulness. The author keeps the chapters brief but meaningful. The concepts are explained in simple and gentle language. There are examples, wherever required. I would definitely recommend this as a good refresher on all things meditation.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.
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A wonderful book for the beginner to meditation, the search for happiness or Buddhist concepts.
If you have not read a ton of other books on these subjects, this is a delightful way to begin.
If you HAVE already read a few books, or a lot, about becoming a better person, being happier, life improvement, etc, this is a fast paced, easy to read review of the principles and concepts.

Or if you like to relax with nonfiction or self help books (admit it, we are many) just sit back and relax and perhaps smile with this short read.
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I really wish this had stated it wasn't kindle as it was hard to read on my pc. 

However, I enjoyed this book and tbe fact that the author shows us that not everything has to be perfect for us to be happy. This book was filled with a lit if wisdom.
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I love how the author made it clear that you do not have to be perfect to be happy!  This feeling of needing to be perfect definitely gets in the way of happiness!  Great advice and well written book!
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This is not a Kindle edition. It does not state that it is download only, and with over 200 pages, it is just too long for me to read on my desktop.
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