Book Excerpt The Practical Guide to Happiness

23 Jul


We’re hosting an excerpt from “The Practical Guide to Happiness”, a self-help book touring this week. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

From:  Illusion #7: If I had a child (or an additional child) I would be happy.


Both Lila and Natalie really wanted a baby and were willing to go to any length to make that a reality. Their life circumstances and process for pursuing conception were parallel. But can you infer that one woman is happier than the other?

Lila focused, almost singularly, on her goal; an outcome that she could not directly control, in spite of all the methods she tried. She even pursued alternative measures using a holistic diet, creating a pure, chemical-free household environment and obtaining reiki and massage regularly.

In some respects, Lila became the poster child for infertility. Everyone knew how hard she was trying to conceive and how painful this was for her. Rather than joining with others, however, Lila isolated herself, from her colleagues and friends who had children, or who were pregnant. Lila was angry that it was so hard for her, and seemingly so easy for others. Lila continuously struggled with the concept that her infertility was “not fair”; as though there is a justice meter out there weighing and balancing what individuals’ receive in this world. Lila’s pain and frustration, and her need to make sense of this problem that had no reason, were ultimately isolating her from her husband, Larry. It is not clear whether or not their relationship will survive this crisis.

                Natalie equally wishes to have a baby. She believes in her gut that she is meant to be a parent and that she will be a good one. While she does not understand her unexplained fertility problem, she accepts what the fertility specialist says, that they are able to help most couples in Natalie and Larry’s situation conceive a child. Natalie feels grief when she finds out that she is not pregnant but she does not lose faith in her own belief.  …

The Practical Guide to Happiness

Practical Guide to Happiness CovTitle: The Practical Guide to Happiness: If You Don’t Like How You’re Feeling, Think Again

Author: Margaret Curley Sanborn

Genre: Creative non-fiction, self help

The Practical Guide to Happiness: If You Don’t Like How You’re Feeling, Think Again

Can You Learn to be Happy, with Who You Are, Where You Are and What You Have, Now?

If you are willing, YOU CAN, regardless of the cards you have been dealt.

The “pursuit of happiness” is a human right so basic that it’s named in the US Constitution.  Unfortunately for most, it is little more than a pursuit, as happiness is elusive to many. The Practical Guide to Happiness: If you don’t like how you’re feeling, Think Again delineates, in a concrete way, the direct link between perception, thinking and feeling.

By using highly relatable stories, readers of the book are able to form a concrete link between abstract ideas regarding how they perceive and think, and how they feel. Realistic characters deal with real-life circumstances to demonstrate how the same situation and events, perceived and thought about differently, can yield different levels of happiness.

The Practical Guide to Happiness educates the reader on the number one challenge to their happiness, the human ego. The reader learns about the power of the human ego to provide a continuous negative diatribe that makes constantly holding positive beliefs about the future, in the face of the challenges of ordinary life, almost impossible.  It explains how the ego will impede and thwart most people who chart a course to manifest the type of results that experts, in leading positive thinking books, cite.  It then teaches the reader how to curb the ego, and to Think Again.

By using the Think Again strategies, the user learns to create happiness now, regardless of less than ideal life circumstances.

The first half of the book contains engaging stories that directly address the greatest illusions to American happiness, including: personal weight, beauty, wealth, relationships, work, retirement, and child-bearing.

Through these realistic stories, the reader is shown how even small shifts in perception and thinking create happiness and/or misery for the stories’ characters. The stories do not all have a happy ending as shifts in perception may impact the ultimate outcome, but the point of the book is to show the reader that lasting happiness is not tied to people, events or circumstances.

After drawing the reader through interesting examples of how perception and thinking create feelings, the book shifts to a practical guide the reader can use to identify, analyze and change their own negative thinking.  The second half of this book is a detailed guide for changing perception and thinking to increase happiness. This section includes 8 practical actions the reader can take every day to curb their negative thinking, as well as the 6 steps required to Think Again (or change their mind).

Unlike many good books on this subject, The Practical Guide to Happiness does not have a religious bent. Although it acknowledges spirituality and God, it expressly gives readers the ability to proceed from their own beliefs, including atheism.

This book is exclusively focused on empowering the reader to become happier today, regardless of their current life challenges.

Author Bio

MC-Sanborn-BW-author-photoMargaret Curley Sanborn has been a spiritual seeker since childhood. Raised in a staunch Catholic family, at the age of 5, she announced her plan to be the first female priest. That began her lifelong quest for answers to the ”hows and whys” of life; never finding answers that made sense until she discovered A Course in Miracles.

Margaret spent years as a corporate marketing executive, knowing that her passion for writing and spiritual truth would someday wind up in a book.

Regardless of your personal faith, Margaret has been able to translate some of the spiritual answers she has found, into practical guidance on how to live a happier life.

You can find out more about Margaret at


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