This is a great thing!
For starters, out of 51 reviews, 45 are 5-star and five are 4-star, which was starting to look hinky. This way, the one and only 1-star looks like an outlier, and yet, also legitimizes the rest of them. After all, if everyone loves you, no one really loves you.
Second, the person who wrote it has written exactly four reviews on Amazon — one 5-star, one 2-star and two 1-star. Whew! I would be heartbroken if she loved everything in the world except my book.
Finally, the entire gist of her review is that the information in Happiness as a Second Language is all stuff everyone already knows. I find that view fascinating. It means that she is looking for happiness, but thinks she already knows all there is to know, and is not even open to the possibility that she might not be able to find it while rejecting something that might bring it to her. It’s a real learning moment for me, about who can be reached and who might take a little more time to come around.
I don’t imagine this reviewer will ever pick up the book again. I can’t see her going through it one week at a time, as suggested, and working through all of the exercises. Something tells me that when people ask her how she is, she rarely replies, “I’m happy.” It’s a great reminder for me about what is important in life. It’s a great reminder to always be able to count at least five things at any given moment that are making me happy.
Those five, right now as I type, are:
- I’m happy that I have a blog to express all of these thoughts on, with wonderful readers who occasionally find some value in it.
- I’m happy that I’m able to look at my own life and figure out what works for me and what doesn’t and change the things that don’t work for me, rather than repeating the same patterns over and over.
- I’m happy that my husband and I saw the movie FROZEN this morning. It is a real delight! Especially if you have daughters or sisters.
- I’m happy that as soon as I post this, I will be making kale chips and cauliflower “breadsticks.” If the latter turns out tasty, I’ll share the recipe.
- I’m happy that life is good, the sun is shining, I’m about to cross one more thing off my to-do list (Write “Happy Quote Sunday” blog post), and there’s still hours left in the day.
I hope you’re happy. I hope you can find ways to be happy if you’re not. My book contains all kinds of techniques to help in this endeavor. The trick is, reading it is only the blueprint. Building the house is up to you.