Book Review: ‘Build the Life You Want’ by Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks

The Science and Art of Happiness" — A Transformative Guide to Joyful Living

Book Title: Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier
Author(s): Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks
Publisher: Rider
Number of Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-1846047831
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2023
Price: INR 525

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Book Review

In their collaborative book, “Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier,” Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks delves into the intricate landscape of happiness. Drawing on Oprah’s decades of experience exploring emotional topics on her talk show and Brooks’ expertise as a social scientist, the authors offer a compelling guide to achieving greater happiness through a combination of satisfaction, enjoyment, and purpose.

The book begins by dismantling misconceptions about happiness, asserting that it involves embracing both satisfaction and unhappiness as inherent aspects of the human experience. The authors stress the importance of metacognition, allowing readers to choose their reactions to emotions consciously. Through practical advice, they guide readers in cultivating positive emotions, emphasizing gratitude as a powerful tool to counteract negativity bias.

Winfrey and Brooks advocate for a shift in focus from self-centered desires to a broader appreciation of the world. The narrative explores managing familial conflicts, emphasizing forgiveness and honesty, while also stressing the significance of authentic friendships over transactional ones. Meaningful work, the authors argue, goes beyond financial rewards, urging readers to find intrinsic satisfaction and service to others in their careers.

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The book underscores the role of faith and mindfulness in achieving happiness, asserting that transcendent beliefs provide a perspective beyond daily worries. Finally, the authors advocate for sharing the lessons learned about “happiness” with others, emphasizing the transformative power of shared happiness.

Build the Life You Want” is a comprehensive guide, that offers practical insights and actionable steps to help readers navigate the complex journey toward a happier life. Winfrey and Brooks combine personal anecdotes, scientific research, and accessible advice, making this book an invaluable resource for those seeking to enhance their well-being and share the joy of a fulfilling life.

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