“A happy moment can be a matter of luck; a happy life requires virtue.”
A human life that’s happy is not a trivial matter of being lucky, of getting what we want; pleasant pastimes or the absence of responsibilities or pain. A human life that’s happy is an accomplishment — a triumphant, sometimes even heroic creation. Sometimes we have to overcome tremendous physical or psychological hardships. Sometimes we have to resist strong short term temptations or struggle to make sense of our path. As with any big, long-term project, a happy life takes work; it’s complicated and time consuming — more like a great symphony of harmony and counterpoint than a simple, catchy jingle. To create a life that’s truly happy over time takes discipline, passion, and courage.
Finally, we have a self-help book from a nationally known coach and therapist whose advice is based on the best research data. Joel shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone. A thought-provoking and valuable guide for anyone who would help others (and themselves) lead a happier, more fulfilled life.
-Ben Dean, PhD, Founder, MentorCoach
Dr. Wade’s book is the most enlightened exploration of happiness I’ve yet encountered. In it, he proposes a simple but radical premise; happiness is not a matter of luck, or goal achievement or simply lack of pain… A truly happy life is an accomplishment of epic proportions – one that requires virtue, discipline, passion and courage to create and maintain. Highly recommended!
– Jon Butcher Chairman of the Precious Moments Family of Companies, Founder of Lifebook
If I had a time machine, I’d bring my 20 year-old self a copy of The Virtue of Happiness… and I’d still be thanking myself. Seriously, it’s that good.
– Paul Rosenberg, author of The Breaking Dawn and the Free-Man’s Perspective newsletter