Pequena Guia Para Ser Feliz / A Short Guide to a Happy Life

ISBN: 8479017643
ISBN 13: 9788479017644
By: Anna Quindlen

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Oh my, what a waste of 20 minutes. This book is full of cliche after cliche. Glass half empty type stuff. I learnt nothing except to avoid this author in the future. You are better off listening to Monty Python's 'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life'... more mentally stimulating than this 'guide'.


The pictures were the best part of this book. My favorite was easily the cowboy asleep on his mother's lap. I imagine he's dreaming up a cowboy scene while she's taking a break from the regular routine of dishes and laundry to read the newspaper. Afterall, (I'll call him) "Wes" has her glued to the spot.In another snapshot, a little boy's arm is around his content pup while he's pointing out some unknown scene to his best pal.The title, A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE, had me expecting a little more oomf than was contained here. While what was here was lovely, the inside jacket description was just about equal to the reading of the book.

Kressel Housman

My one and only outing this Passover was to a little town in upstate New York called Sugar Loaf where a group of craftspeople live, work, and sell their crafts. The man who serves on the town's Chamber of Commerce also owns a little shop called "Be Positive," and he is the one who gave me this book. It was a pleasant enough read, but I didn't find the insights to be anything I didn't already know. That famous quote that "Nobody on their deathbed ever wished they'd spent more time at the office" appears in there twice, which is quite a lot of a repetition for such a short book. Basically, the message is to remember to smell the flowers as you live your life, which was an especially fitting message to read in picturesque Sugar Loaf, where I doubt anybody is getting rich, but everyone is striving to remain true to their art.

Ann Thomas

One of those books that is good to re- read periodically.Truisms of life abound. For anyone who has ever been "broken open" by something in their life... this book is something that you will agree with.


Really short and really to the point book. Some thing are well said in most simplest of ways and Anna did a great job in jotting down this one.My favorite line in this book: "You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are."


I like Anna Quindlen, but really.Any "guide to life" that includes the line "life is a journey, not a destination" deserves to be ridiculed. This reads like a really average commencement address.


Nothing terribly new if you are used to thinking purposefully about not taking life for granted, but a good reminder from a good writer, nonetheless.

Lori Rosendahl

I really think this short book is a big waste of money. I received it this weekend as a birthday gift. I read it in one short setting as it is only about 45 pages long, mostly pictures. I did not think there was anything of value here. I guess the message is "be grateful for what you have"? She should feel grateful that anyone would throw down $13 or more for this. Please don't waste your money. There is little to no content here.

Terri Trujillo dunlap

One of my favorite little books to give as a gift.

Kayann Legg

This is a good book just to remind you of the one saying I made up in my life and really believe - Life is about moments. Books that remind you of that are always valuable. At first I thought this book was going to do what so many of these "reminding us to live life" books tend to do, which is to generalize those moments as the same for everyone instead of validating that everyones moments are different. She, of course, does tell you the moments that mean much to her but she ends on a great story that let's you know she has thought beyond her world. And the book, is a great reminder that you have to work to cherish your moments. As Quindlen writes in the book, "It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live." Quotes"If you win the race race, you're still a rat.""Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And rememer life is not leisure it is work. ""...realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around.""Scholl never ends, the classroom is everwhere."

Bill Landau

I'm a bit of a sap but I like happy books that remind me to be present and live each day and make it really count. My wife can't stand fluff like this, but it makes me happy. This wasn't the most relatable book for me because it mentions a number of times about being a wife and a mother...and I am a husband and my kids are all grown. But I still enjoyed it.


p.10 "It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit."Get a life ... notice things ... be generous ...p.20 "Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work."p.42 “Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.” p.42 "... to look at all the good in the world and to try to give some of it back ..."

Jenny Stringham

I loved the cover, how could I not want to pick it up? Talk about seeing life from a new perspective. This book literally takes about 10 minutes to read, and has great little thoughts throughout.

Smallworld Quindlen's little book is, indeed, short. I read it in about 15 minutes. It's a sweet book that probably started as a blog post and morphed into a tiny, happy book with photos. This is good, practical advice to find treasures in every day life. Like this: I think of [my life:] in all its small component parts: the snowdrops, the daffodils; the feeling of one of my kids sitting close beside me on the couch; the way my husband looks when he reads with the lamp behind him; fettuccine Alfredo; fudge; Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice. Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.I can totally relate to that. In fact, I try to do this once or twice a week (on my other blog) in a very tangible way by participating in Three Beautiful Things. I should do this everyday because I could certainly find a plethora of beautiful things in my daily life. Read this book when you need to be reminded of what really constitutes a life well lived, or buy it to give with a graduation or wedding present.

alison cross

this book was first realized as a speech given at by Ms. Quindlen at my college commencement. in the past 10 years i have read and re-read these words that i still recall so fondly. the experiences in my life have allowed me to see the intelligence and honor in anna's words; the worth of success that is measured in no other terms than the family that surrounds me; and the nummber of times a day i can smile for no reason whatsoever. it is a constant source of strength and a reminder that happieness is nothing to be ashamed of.

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