The Happiest Life Review

 I like talk radio, and Hugh Hewitt is one of the talk show hosts that I like listening to, when I can.  So when I saw that a book of his was up for review, I knew I had to request it!

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(Yes, I realize putting a book down this way can ruin the spine.  But they're my books, and I will continue to do it anyway.)

In The Happiest Life, Hewitt examines some of the characteristics of a happy person, which he calls "gifts", because they are also things that can be a blessing to others.  These include encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, empathy, good humor, graciousness, and gratitude. He also examines seven different "givers", people who are in a unique position to give these gifts to others - namely, spouses, parents, family members, friends, coworkers, teachers, and the church.

There were a lot of good nuggets of wisdom in this book, and several of his points made me think.  I especially liked his chapters on good humor, which talked about what a gift cheerfulness is, and spouses, which focused on the importance of giving these gifts of happiness to your spouse.  

This book wasn't quite what I was expecting in that a lot of it seemed more autobiographical than practical.  I went in thinking that most of the content would be practical advice, but more of the content was focused on personal examples and people who had touched Hewitt's life with these gifts.  
Since I didn't know some of the people he referred to, some of the content was a little slower for me - but I did take several useful points away from the book that I appreciated.  It was also interesting to read some of the "behind the scenes" information in this book since I do listen to Hugh's radio show.

You would probably appreciate this book more if you are a listener of Hugh Hewitt's show - if you do, then it is a book worth checking out!  If you are not a listener of the show I think there are still things you could take from this book, but just be prepared for the autobiographical content.

Note: I received this book for free from Booklook in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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