Get Happy, Write Away
by Mickey & Mary Rose Maguire

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A Review By Will Daskal

What is true happiness? It's an age-old question, and still, here in the 21st century, we continue to seek illumination and a clear understanding of just what it is and how we can achieve it.

If we consult our good friend Mr. Webster, we might find that happiness is "an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness."

For far too many people, happiness has been equated with mere financial or material gain. For them, the pursuit of wealth has often taken them down a path that includes job dissatisfaction and a lack of direction. Ironically, the pursuit of the thing they most wanted has given them the antithesis of their goal.

Such happenstances in current life are quite understandable; the pressures of the "I need it done yesterday" mentality and the work-ethic that demands instantaneous results have created a philosophical and emotional atmosphere that robs people of their ability to nurture their innate skills, talents and abilities, all in the name of progress, stifling their inner growth and the fulfillment of their true potentials, thereby making them "un-happy"!

For most of us, being happy is tantamount to being successful, but what really constitutes "success"? Is it mere wealth acquisition, or is it somehow related to the gratification one receives from any "job well done" - even a volunteer position! For each of us, the parameters of success will surely vary.

No doubt, personal gratification on some level is a key element to any form of success, and though it may be impossible to objectively measure true happiness on any concrete scale, we all know when we experience a feeling of happiness, even if we cannot finitely determine its actual source or measure its effect. After all, we all want to "feel happy' and have been told so by our parents and relatives since birth. What it most probably boils down to is simply a desire or need to understand what happiness or quality of life is about.

In Get Happy, Write Away, through a series of simple, yet meaningful inquiries and writing exercises, Mickey and Mary Rose Maguire assist the reader in finding the inner-self that will help him or her develop a plan for personal success by finding ways to assess one's strengths and by developing an effective self-actualization plan utilizing written strategies.

Mickey and Mary Rose understand that finding happiness is a fool's errand; however, achieving happiness, through a form of self-actualization, is a process of discovering who you are now, who you want to be and what you can effectively do in order to achieve the level of happiness that will bring the greatest degree of personal satisfaction and meaning to your life.

In short, Get Happy, Write Away is an effective, self-improvement guide that will help anyone develop a simple and meaningful plan of action that should put him or her on the road to personal happiness, as well as "success".

--- Will Daskal  

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Will Daskal is an author, mentor, renowned visual artist, renaissance man.

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