The second edition of self-help author Brown’s (Color Your Life Happy Coloring Book for Adults, 2016, etc.) detailed advice, strategies, and methods to attain happiness.
Brown offers prescriptive approaches to nurture well-being. “My goals were to do what led to praise and happy outcomes,” Brown writes of her childhood. Born in a poor minority section of St. Louis, the author, who is African-American, never felt deprived in her childhood. Her positive attitude helped her attain professional success as college teacher, consultant, and writer, as well as a sense of personal fulfillment. She applies many lessons she has gleaned from a lifetime of teaching others about ways to attain life goals. One thing helps: the recognition that some days just “suck,” says Brown. Facing a stressful, rainy day of teaching, she put some papers under her coat to protect them, only to step in a puddle. Her strategy for such mishaps is to be thankful for what goes well—even on bad days. She suggests actively choosing one’s responses to life’s hiccups; rather than just burst into anger, she allows herself some purgative tears if necessary. Written in warm, engaging second-person prose, this book offers relevant quotes from varied sources such as Mahatma Gandhi and the philosopher Seneca. Text boxes encapsulate Brown’s experiences. Short anecdotes and lists elucidate her argument that happiness can be obtained through following her advice regarding diet, attitude adjustment through positive affirmations, and avoiding failure by taking small positive steps toward major goals. Readers won’t find much new information here, but the encouraging, personalized delivery may be appreciated. Perhaps the most salient and convincing part of this book focuses on Brown’s attempts to face the many challenges she encountered when, soon after she and her husband separated, he suddenly died.
Effectively employs real-life examples to model self-acceptance.