The Humanist Approach to Happiness by Jennifer Hancock

You will be amazed at how much easier life is when you make being ethical a priority!

The humanist approach to happiness

This is a book that basically says - here are personal ethics, here is why they are important, and here is how you can apply them to your daily life and why doing so will help you live a happier more productive life. Life isn’t easy. It is filled with challenges. How we navigate those challenges determines our success in life. If you want to learn more about how to think more effectively about the choices you make, this book will help. The Humanist approach to Happiness was written as a way to encourage young people to think about and discuss their personal ethics and values in the context of every day decision making. In other words, how can they be the best most ethical person they can be. How can and why should they be ethical with their friends? What values should they be considering when they are deciding whether or not to try drugs and to drink alcohol? How and why should we be ethical while dating, and breaking up? How can we apply our values to ourselves when we are grieving? And most importantly, why all this matters.


Secondary Genre: PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Humanism

Language: English


Word Count: 41,799

Sales info:

This book has been on the amazon kindle best seller list for teens/morals & responsiblity for 4 years now and is a steady seller. It was a finalist for the 2013 DaVinci Eye award and is in the curricular for the UUA childrens development in the area of critical thinking and moral development. It is also in the curricular for the Royal Military College of Canada for critical thinking and decision making for the leadership program.

Translation potential is good for countries that have strong Humanist communities. Specifically interested in having it translated into Norwegian and Spanish.

Sample text:

Humanists consider rational thinking essential to good moral reasoning. Because rational thinking is so important, Humanists engage in a method of thinking called “Freethought.” Freethinking is best thought of as an attempt to free your reasoning of self-or society-imposed limitations. It is hard to do because it requires a lot of self-discipline to realize when you are limiting your thinking and to actively consider alternatives. To help make sure I am considering alternatives in my thinking, I developed what I call the rule of threes. 

The Rule of Threes Explained
The rule of threes is simple. Whenever you find yourself in a situation where you are trying to make a decision, make sure you consider at least three options. If you think you only have two options, you are missing something. If you force yourself to consider at least three options, you will generally ensure that you have covered your bases thoroughly.

I can’t express how important it is to always remember the rule of threes. The nice thing about this rule is that it is simple. It is easy to remember three things, so it simplifies your thinking. It also has the ability to expand your thinking, because we all have a tendency to think in terms of black and white and remembering to consider the grays is always a good idea. 

You can apply this rule in every aspect of your life. Consider what you are going to eat for dinner. Should you go out to eat? Cook In? How about having something delivered? There are at least three options. What are you going to do tonight? Watch a movie? Play a game? Read a book? There it is again, at least three options. This is not to imply that there might not be more options, but if you can’t come up with at least three, you’re not trying.


Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Stefania Baetii
Author review:
Excellent to work with. My proof readers said her translation needed very little correction. She did a final revision and double check for me. Very happy. Would absolutely work with her again.
Translation in progress. Translated by Aislan A. Bezerra
Already translated. Translated by Karlos San Pedro
Author review:
Very professional to work with. Took edits well. Would use again.

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