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The Humanist Approach to Happiness by Jennifer HancockThe Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom

Written by Jennifer Hancock

You will be amazed at how much easier life is when you make being ethical a priority!

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This is a book that basically says - here are personal ethics, here is why they are important, and here is how you can apply them to your daily life and why doing so will help you live a happier more productive life. Life isn’t easy. It is filled with challenges. How we navigate those challenges determines our success in life. If you want to learn more about how to be happy and how to think more effectively about the choices you make, this book will help.

What is Humanism? Humanism is a highly effective approach to human development. It is as much concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. In fact it is the most humane and holistic approach to ethical philosophy humanity has ever devised.

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Synopsis

The Humanist Approach to Happiness was a finalist for the Da Vince Eye prize at Eric Hoffer Book AwardsThe Humanist Approach to Happiness is a book that basically says - here are personal ethics, here is why they are important, and here is how you can apply them to your daily life and why doing so will help you live a happier more productive life. Life isn’t easy. It is filled with challenges. How we navigate those challenges determines our success in life. If you want to learn more about how to be happy and how to think more effectively about the choices you make, this book will help.

What is Humanism? Humanism is a highly effective approach to human development. It is as much concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. In fact it is the most humane and holistic approach to ethical philosophy humanity has ever devised.

 

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Reviews:

Just finished reading your book!  Wow! What an incredible job!  It is filled with a tremendous amount of wonderfully practical advice (or wisdom as you say) and is a marvelous illustration of Applied Humanism.  The section on grief was particularly meaningful to me since my wife passed away exactly three years ago this week.  I also was especially impressed with how you tied all of these diverse issues back to Humanist principles and values.  - Bob Bhaerman, Director Kochhar Humanist Education Center

I have been very fortunate in being able to read an advanced copy of Jen's book.  It is superb.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  It fills a need in the market that has been neglected for far too long.  Every school and college library should have at least one copy.  It is too valuable to leave off the school library shelf.  Buy your school a copy. - Hugh Hill, Director of the Secular Fellowship, Grief Counselor and Humanist Celebrant

Just read it....love it!!! So inline with how I live my life and what I teach my children. My oldest will enter high school next year and this will be a wonderful book for us to share together. - Shelly Stinchcomb , Humanist parent.

A copy of your book should be in every school in every State (especially Texas). In simple, easily comprehensible language it outlines the basic tenets of a humanist life which will stand any student, whether believer or non-believer, in good stead for the rest of their lives! - Robert Byrch

In her explorations of universal themes such as embracing your inner dork and grounding your decisions in reality, Hancock manages to remind the reader of a few common sense gems that really will help any person lead a happier life. I recommend, not only that you read this book, but that you give it to someone who is struggling in their pursuit of life’s great goal – happiness. - Kyle Tissue - Tuesday Afternoon (read full review here)

Jen never tries to speak universally. She speaks for herself, clearly and informally, thinking out loud about decision making, simplicity, honesty, body ethics, sex, vibrators, relationships, addiction, self-image, pooping, death, and more. Her own thoughts are salted with quotes from Bertrand Russell to Britney Spears, including some keepers I hadn’t seen before. The net effect is a conversation about everything with an intelligent, unpretentious friend. - Dale McGowan - Parenting Beyond Belief (read full review here)

This is a book that I feel should be in everyone's personal library that they can refer back to in time of need. It is divided into meaningful chapters that I think everyone can relate to in some way. - B. J. Saul - Congregation Beth Adam in Boca Raton

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Chapter Summary

The Pursuit of Happiness
People often treat responsibility as if it is a bad word. Something we should avoid if we want to be happy. Just the opposite is true. Freedom, and therefore happiness, can only be achieved through responsibility. When you accept responsibility for your life, you gain control over it in a way that is unparalleled. No longer a victim of fate, you can do something to improve your life and the lives of those around you.

The Rule of Threes
The rule of threes is simple. Whenever you find yourself in a situation where you are trying to make a decision, make sure you consider at least three options. If you think you only have two options, you are missing something. If you force yourself to consider at least three options, you will generally ensure that you have covered your bases thoroughly.

The True Holy Trinity
Being ethical, compassionate and responsible are the traits of the true holy trinity. Cultivate these traits in yourself and look for these traits in others. If someone is missing even just one of these traits, be afraid. Be very afraid.

The World Doesn’t Revolve Around You!
While it is easy to talk a good talk about the dignity and worth of individual human beings, it turns out that actually treating real people with compassion and respect isn’t all that easy. Understanding that each person in the world is a real person with real dreams, desires and problems changes the way you view other people and makes it easier to be compassionate with them.

What a Dork!
To experience true happiness, we must apply both freedom and compassion to ourselves. This isn’t always easy as we are usually our own worst critics. What follows are some tips on how to be compassionate with yourself so that you can enjoy the freedom of being you.

Reality Based Decision Making
Being skeptical means being optimistic that there is a solution to your problem and being proactive in finding a solution that will really solve your problem and not just provide empty promises and an empty pocketbook. Simply put, the more we accept reality, the easier it is to solve our problems.

Keep it Simple Stupid
Make “Keep It Simple Stupid” your mantra.  Apply it to your work, your writing, your lifestyle, your finances, your relationships and your philosophy. 

Its Your Body
If you want to live a long and happy life you must live a healthy life.  Unhealthy people simply don’t live long enough to qualify as having had a long life by Humanist standards. Plus, it’s kind of hard to enjoy life to the fullest when you are sick or in pain.

Just Say No
While Humanists believe that people should be allowed to pursue their happiness however they want, not all pursuits lead to happiness. There is a difference between pleasure and happiness. You have a choice. You can choose to do things that bring you happiness, or you can choose to do things you know are counterproductive. If you do find yourself battling addiction, take responsibility for your actions, change your behavior and think before you act so that you can make better choices in the future.

Respect your elders
As you grow older you will find yourself in more and more situations that you may not have any experience with.  This is normal.  No one is expected to know everything.  Smart people seek out the advice of those who have gone before in order to learn what they can before they make really horrid mistakes.

Fairy Tale Relationships
Judging by the historical record, the subject we humans are most interested in learning about is romance and the sexual relationships that follow. This chapter is all about the importance of developing ethical relationships, learning how to recognize good relationships.  And, because people seem to need this help the most; how relationships work in the real world as opposed to the fairy tales they see on TV.

Run for the Hills
While we Humanists would like it if everyone were ethical, compassionate, responsible and worked together in peace and harmony, we do live in the real world.  We aren’t stupid. The reality is, no matter how much we might want them to be, some people just aren’t all that nice.  Unfortunately, people don’t come with warning signs and staying away from bad people can take a lot of courage.

Breaking Up in Hard to Do
As a Humanist, what you want to strive for is that you end your relationships in the same ethical, responsible and compassionate way you would expect of yourself in other areas of your life.  It isn’t always easy, but you will feel much better about yourself if you stick to your moral values, then if you lapse in a moment of anguish.

Things your mother never told you about sex
Sex is a big deal.  There are consequences to having sex and you should be prepared for those consequences before engaging in sex with anyone.  The Humanist approach to sexuality is that it should be pleasurable, loving and guilt free.  But that doesn’t mean that anything goes. With the freedom to express your sexuality however you see fit comes responsibility.

Help - I think I’m dying!
While grief is indeed painful, Humanists view it as a normal part of life.  It is not something you should run from, but neither should you suffer from it unnecessarily.

Conclusion
“Happiness is the only good.  The place to be happy is here.  The time to be happy is now.  The way to be happy is to help make others so.” - Robert Ingersoll

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Sample Chapter

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About the Author:

Jennifer is a Humanist Life Skills educator. She helps transform people’s lives by teaching people how Humanism can help them in all aspects of their life and how it can help them to be the best most ethical person they can be. Her work focuses on 3 key areas:

By sharing her pragmatic Humanist approach to living life fully and intentionally, Jennifer has transformed the lives of those who have been touched by her work. By encouraging people be the best, most ethical humans they can be, she consistently challenges people to think about and question who they are, what they are and more importantly, how they want to be. Her work encourages people to rise to the challenge of living fully; embracing both the good and the bad as part of what it means to be alive.

To learn more about how Jennifer can you or to make volume purchases of her books, contact her at: jen@jen-hancock.com