5 Star Review by Red Reviews



Ray White has written an amazing and profound book that can transform your life for good.  In Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness, he shares a ton of insight, research, and mini-stories to express the importance of recognizing what happiness and success really mean to you.  Connecting Happiness and Success gripped me from the first few lines.  White wants you to ask how diligently seeking success can potentially bring you tragedy and death instead of happiness and joy.  He repeated this concept in the first few pages, and I believe it is well worth repeating it here: “Success doesn’t lead to happiness.  Happiness leads to success.”  Profound!  Moving through the seven concepts in the book you will travel along a path that can help you create your own personal happiness, which will ultimately lead you to your personal success.

Connecting Happiness and Success is more than just a book.  It can be your mentor, your guide, or even a catalyst to take control of your life.  Within the wonderful activities Ray White shares throughout the book you get to define what happiness is for you and craft a plan to create your own personal happiness and success.  White’s book helps you recognize, release and remove stress and tension in the pursuit of success and happiness in your life.  You can even learn ways to interweave a level of personal control into areas in which you previously believed you had none.  This is a must read book.  Well-written, insightful and full of wisdom, I simply loved it!

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy AND Successful!

Badge notable - Shelf Unbound41HwlB75bsL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_“Connecting Happiness and Success:  A Guide to Creating Success through Happiness” by Ray White is one of those books you wish you would have read when you were a freshman in high school.  Not that I would have understood the importance of the wisdom that was being shared, but even if I could have picked up a few of the golden nuggets shared by White it could have possibly changed many different paths I found myself taking to get me to where I am today.

“Connecting Happiness and Success” is broken down into seven concepts – any one of which probably deserve a book on their own:  Pleasure vs Happiness (my favorite!), Take Control of Your Life (next favorite!), Positive Relationships, Higher Purpose and Meaning, Defining Success, Clarify and Prioritize, and Implement with Discipline.

If none of those chapters would have any use to you in your present life – congratulations.  Buy the book and give it to someone less fortunate.  In all seriousness, buy two books and keep one for yourself because you aren’t being completely honest with yourself.

I have read quite a few books this past year for this blog – and none have been covered in highlight even half as much as this one.  I lost count of the times that I thought “That’s really good!  I  need to write that down!”  Some examples:

–  “(Don’t miss) positive moments in life because (you) are busy trying to build a life that will be full of positive moments.”

–  “Think about work and vacation.  How many people plan and think about their vacations while they are at work, then go on the vacations and think about work?’

–  “Another part of the problem is not loving or appreciating ourselves.  We know all our flaws.  We see the same flaws in other people; and because we hate them in ourselves, we judge and hate them in others.”

If I put all of the highlighted quotes – I would probably get in trouble for reprinting a quarter of the book.  It’s just that good.

I appreciate that White kept the book very readable.  Books like this many times can get so technical to the point that they are useless, but this book does not have that affliction.

White also does a tremendous job supporting his book with a “Happiness App” that can be downloaded for free, a very nice website (, and backs up his credentials by serving on the board of www.pursuit-of-happiness.org.  Seeing all of this makes me want to quit my job and work with all of these happy people instead!

In conclusion, I would like to thank Ray White for the effort and work that went into this book.  You created something that you can be proud of, that has changed the way that I look at some situations, and is truly a gift that you have given to anyone who invests the time to read it..

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Kirkus Review: Connecting Happiness and Success

Debut author and businessman White presents a practical guide to connecting happiness and success.

White, a business leadership coach, develops a clear theme in this how-to book: “Success doesn’t lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.” The things we think will make us happier often don’t, he adds. Indeed, White says, Americans today confuse pleasure with happiness and are losing the ability to identify and maintain lasting happiness. His book aims to help people understand the connection between happiness and success by exploring seven key topics—differentiating between pleasure and happiness; taking control of one’s life; building positive relationships; seeking a higher purpose; defining success; clarifying and prioritizing goals; and implementing goals with discipline. According to White, happy people feel autonomous, practice gratitude, live in the moment, maintain positive relationships, practice kindness, pursue a purpose larger than self and connect meaning with their work. The last few chapters emphasize the importance of defining success, writing down one’s goals and realizing that success “is something we work on every day.” The book capably surveys many of the works of the top thinkers in the field, and although it lacks footnotes, it includes a good bibliography at the end. It is practical, easy to read, and bolstered by useful charts, tables and exercises that take readers through a step-by-step process of improving their lives. A lack of willpower is one of the greatest barriers to personal change, White argues, and his book offers helpful tips on self-motivation, such as using rituals to promote automatic actions and to encourage good habits. Many other self-help guides have advocated some of the ideas found in this one, including taking control of your life, and have offered similar practical tips, such as: “Buy a journal; and before you go to bed, take a few minutes to reflect on what you feel grateful for that day, and what went right.” But White adds value with an interactive website that has a feature called “Happiness Hacks”––containing 17 helpful reminders for linking happiness and success––and a free mobile app to track one’s happiness level.

A practical, follow-the-recipe approach to a better life, with some helpful Web-based resources for follow-through.

Pub Date: May 28th, 2014

ISBN: 978-0692216064

Page count: 284pp

Publisher: Xilo Media

Program: Kirkus Indie

Review Posted Online: Aug. 7th, 2014

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Connecting Happiness and Success by Ray White is worth every penny

This book is not only applicable to every person but also beneficial no matter whom you are. It will open your eyes to what it means to be truly happy and equip you with all the tools you need to get there.

Even if you think you have a balanced, happy life, I still recommend you pick up this book, because the way Ray explains the connection between happiness and success as well as the advice Ray gives to improve your happiness on a daily basis is life altering (and I don’t say that lightly). At first, I had my doubts about just how much impact the little activities presented in the book could have on my life, but now, I have no doubts at all! Following Ray’s advice and looking at life with the perspective he presents in the book has truly decreased my stress level, increased my happiness, and helped increase my overall health and well-being.

This review is from: Connecting Happiness and Success (Amazon)

This book is an exceptionally enjoyable read that is so perfectly relevant in today’s environment

It made me happier as soon as I started reading it and continues to be an ongoing resource. The authors approach really resonates with me. Happiness doesn’t come easy at first for a lot of people, especially highly driven individuals. It takes a little work to develop the right perspective and understanding of what happiness is and to understand you can and should be happy now. The authors process, using real world examples and a realistic approach, really makes becoming happier attainable and sustainable.

This review is from: Connecting Happiness and Success (Amazon)

Excellent Read

This book has helped motivate me to focus on my work/life balance by focusing on finding happiness and success on more of a daily basis rather than focusing on it being a long-term goal. This ultimately makes for long-term happiness and also success, which is just a side effect of the happiness. I highly recommend reading this book and practicing what it preaches on a daily basis.

Great read and results

Reading this book, I found myself reflecting on every stage of my career and the key decisions along the way. I more deeply understood things that went extremely well, and things that blew up. Ray’s writing style made it easy to consume a lot of concepts theoretically and then clearly understand their practical applications.If you’re putting off happiness for later to be successful now, I highly recommend reading this book. Ray shows how even a small change in perspective can help you get where you want to be faster and make the entire journey more rewarding.

Engaging, comprehensive and easily readable

Connecting Happiness and Success is a must read; grounded in solid yet accessible research, its approachable style welcomes all readers and workforce levels. The activities within are specifically designed with the reader in mind with a focus of applying the content. Excellent read!

I’m happier just reading it!

This book is a great read and a great resource. It helped me to step back and look at the good things I have in my life, and balance pleasures with what truly makes me happy. The anecdotes connected with me at a personal level and it gave me steps to become happier in my day to day decisions. It is clear that Ray has done quite a bit of research and backs up his guide with both knowledge and personal experience.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is unhappy in their career, wants to be happier in general, or is pursuing success while trying to balance a lot in their lives.

This review is from: Connecting Happiness and Success (Amazon)



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