How to Be Happier Day by Day

Alan Epstein, Author Viking Books $15.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-670-84787-7
Epstein, cofounder of an introductions and relationship counseling service called True Partners, has compiled a witty, whimsical list of suggested activities for each day of the year. Some are thought-provoking and profound, others fun and frivolous; each allows the reader to see the mundane and familiar in a new way--the ``mindfulness'' that, Epstein claims, creates a happy life. Some of his proposals ask the reader to do something entirely out of character, such as ``Don't wear your glasses or contacts'' (Oct. 16) or ``Make a fool of yourself'' (Nov. 19). Some are downright silly (``Get dirty,'' Apr. 3), while some require a modicum of soul-searching (``Write down your dreams,'' March 19) or even a bit of risk (``Ask for a raise at work,'' Aug. 31). Whether the reader chooses to act on any of Epstein's suggestions, simply reading this delightful and childlike book should brighten one's day. Author tour. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/04/1993
Release date: 01/01/1993
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