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the happiest life

Hugh Hewitt wrote his legacy book, “The Happiest Life,” to bless his children and their children with wisdom for discovering genuine happiness.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hewitt’s anecdotes from his broad experience as a lawyer, teacher, broadcaster and journalist. His connections with the who’s who of Hollywood, pro sports, and politics provide rare insights for what creates genuine happiness.

Hewitt’s premise: a happy life involves seven gifts and seven givers.

Life’s 7 Gifts:

1. Encouragement – Its what you say to a friend or stranger that would “redeem a hard day or make a good one ever better.”

2. Energy – “A player of any game at any time who doesn’t bring his or her energy with them isthe-happiest-life an albatross on the team and a ticket to losing.”

3. Enthusiasm – “Enthusiasm is contagious. When the connection is made and the passion passed, the arc of life changes and it changes for the good, the very great good.”

4. Empathy – “Empathy extends from identity. Empathy doesn’t need many words or much volume. What is does is require presence.”

5. Good humor – “Happiness is a serious problem. Good humour has much to do with perspective and flows from a sense of proportion, a knowledge that whatever the circumstances, they too shall pass. We are headed to the same place at a different pace.”

6. Graciousness – “Graciousness is the art of making people feel comfortable and included, appreciated and even admired.”

7. Gratitude – “In everything (and for everyone) give thanks.”

Anyone can give these gifts, but some people are particularly well placed to offer them.

Life’s 7 Givers:

1. Parents – “The gift is time with you.”

2. Spouses – “If you want someone to come home to the same house decade after decade, then it had better be a happy house, or at least a mostly happy house, in which there is a better-than-even chance of being treated better than the concierge at the local hotel would treat them.”

3. Family members – “You are building your children’s lives far into the future by showing them how to interact with their future extended families.”

4. Friends – “Some friendships fade. Others dissolve under stress or disagreement. Still other friends just leave. Those that stick however, are irreplaceable and the sadness of a long life is losing friends.”

5. Teachers – “Who is attracted to a relatively low-paying profession with long hours and little thanks and recognition?”

6. Co-workers – “All the jobs, positions and people changed my life as I did theirs, every single day I went to work.”

7. Fellow church members – “Everyone…needs to belong to a church no matter whether they believe or not. They need to do so because the questions asked and debated in churches are the most important questions.”

I was given a free copy of this book to review by BookLook

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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