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The Secret to Genuine Happiness

By February 23, 2014 No Comments

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Hugh Hewitt wrote his legacy book, “The Happiest Life,” to bless his children and their children with wisdom for discovering genuine happiness.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hewitt’s anecdotes from his broad experience as a lawyer, teacher, broadcaster and journalist. His connections with the who’s who of Hollywood, pro sports, and politics provide rare insights for what creates genuine happiness.

Hewitt’s premise: a happy life involves seven gifts and seven givers.

Life’s 7 Gifts:

1. Encouragement – Its what you say to a friend or stranger that would “redeem a hard day or make a good one ever better.”

2. Energy – “A player of any game at any time who doesn’t bring his or her energy with them isthe-happiest-life an albatross on the team and a ticket to losing.”

3. Enthusiasm – “Enthusiasm is contagious. When the connection is made and the passion passed, the arc of life changes and it changes for the good, the very great good.”

4. Empathy – “Empathy extends from identity. Empathy doesn’t need many words or much volume. What is does is require presence.”

5. Good humor – “Happiness is a serious problem. Good humour has much to do with perspective and flows from a sense of proportion, a knowledge that whatever the circumstances, they too shall pass. We are headed to the same place at a different pace.”

6. Graciousness – “Graciousness is the art of making people feel comfortable and included, appreciated and even admired.”

7. Gratitude – “In everything (and for everyone) give thanks.”

Anyone can give these gifts, but some people are particularly well placed to offer them.

Life’s 7 Givers:

1. Parents – “The gift is time with you.”

2. Spouses – “If you want someone to come home to the same house decade after decade, then it had better be a happy house, or at least a mostly happy house, in which there is a better-than-even chance of being treated better than the concierge at the local hotel would treat them.”

3. Family members – “You are building your children’s lives far into the future by showing them how to interact with their future extended families.”

4. Friends – “Some friendships fade. Others dissolve under stress or disagreement. Still other friends just leave. Those that stick however, are irreplaceable and the sadness of a long life is losing friends.”

5. Teachers – “Who is attracted to a relatively low-paying profession with long hours and little thanks and recognition?”

6. Co-workers – “All the jobs, positions and people changed my life as I did theirs, every single day I went to work.”

7. Fellow church members – “Everyone…needs to belong to a church no matter whether they believe or not. They need to do so because the questions asked and debated in churches are the most important questions.”

I was given a free copy of this book to review by BookLook

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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