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

ISBN: 8479017643
ISBN 13: 9788479017644
By: Anna Quindlen

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Reader's Thoughts

Danielle Bailey

It was good, but not as good as I had hoped. As another person mentioned, a lot if it was pretty cliche. I don't really think that this should have been made into a book.


One would find a better inspiration joining a yoga class instead of spending money on this book. Sorry, I would't even call it a book something that you read in less than 10 minutes. At least yoga class lasts longer.


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."


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'.

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.


I couldn't pass up the opportunity to reread Quindlen's graduation speech. I know that main reasons this book got published is that Quindlen is a popular author and many people like to give inspirational books as graduation presents.As much as I enjoyed reading this, Quindlen says nothing new. Graduation is an opportunity to pass on pearls of wisdom and those don't change much over time. Spend time with the people you love; realize life is short; seek happiness, etc., etc. I am not complaining - I like Quindlen's writing. It is just very easy to slip back into the unaware life and not notice much that is around us.I recommend this to folks who have lost track of the important things, to folks looking for a good graduation gift and to anyone needs a bit of inspiration.


Love, love, love this. I picked it up at the library because it looked like a quick and interesting read, but it's really so much more. It's a celebration of all the little things in life, a reminder to slow down and savor the journey. Maybe it's because in the past two years, I've become a mother and lost my grandfather (one of the most important people in my life), but I have become a huge, cheesy advocate for making the most of your life and spreading the love around. This would be a great graduation gift...or gift for anything, really. The writing and the photos are lovely, and I'd like to treat myself one day and buy a copy for myself, too :)

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."


I was very torn between 3 stars and 4. I loved every word of this book, the problem is that there aren't very many of them. This was originally a college commencement speech and in that genre, this one is a beauty. But as a book it only took me about 20 minutes to read - hence my quandary. Can a 20 minute book be 4 stars? What about if the advice therein is really all any grad would ever need? "Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work." And "So I suppose the best piece of advice I could give anyone is pretty simple: get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house." And "It's so much easier to write a resume than craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on a winter night or when you're sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you've gotten back the chest x-ray and it doesn't look so good..." Loved, loved, loved every word, just not sure it's a book.


My favorite part of this book was the photographs. Because of what I read about a child on a swing in another book (Gilead), I think I can say the child on the swing is my favorite page of the book.

Corey Pung

To read my full review, please go to:“A Short Guide to a Happy Life…” If you look at that title, you’re bound to think it’s likely overstated or pretentious, and yet, the title A Short Guide to a Happy Life isn’t entirely misleading. It is short. The entire book is 64 pages long, and those pages are compacted into a pocket size. Is it a guide though? No. The only place it will guide you is to the returns counter at your local book store. Is it describing a happy life? No. If anything, it’s describing her happy life. Well, at least it’s short.


This was uplifting without being sappy. Beautifully written, accompanied by evocative photos. Short, sweet and to the point. Loved it.


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.

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.

Celia Juliano

Quindlen is a talented writer, but this book is very brief. I appreciate the message (live now, appreciate and have gratitude), but I found the photos distracting. Some were good additions, but most seemed superfluous. I'm glad I got this from the library. Might be, as other reviews said, a good graduation gift, but otherwise I'd read but not buy, unless you want a short, well-written reminder of not taking life for granted. I'd rather have a book of quotes for that, but that's just me. I'm not rating because I don't want to give it four stars, but I don't want to just give it three either.

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