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February 11, 2017 / Leslie

Audiobook: Operation Happiness by Kristi Ling

A Rapid Review

operationhappinessThe 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss

Publisher: Blackstone Audio | December 2016
Format: Audio CD | 7½ hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

Happiness strategist and life coach Kristi Ling teaches you how to create immediate, positive shifts in your life by proving that happiness is a skill that can be cultivated, learned, and mastered – much like playing an instrument.

What’s it about . . .
The author draws from her own experiences, at times giving this the feel of a memoir. Struggling through a divorce, an illness, and a career change, she discovered that happiness was not only a choice, but a skill that could be learned. She outlines three steps to take on the road to happiness: Change your view, change you mornings, and create new habits.

What did I think . . .
I wasn’t feeling unhappy when I decided to listen to this book, but when I received a copy for review, I figured everyone can use a little extra happiness, so I gave it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised to find many of her life-changing suggestions are very doable for most people. Sure, buy a new house, take a month off of work, or go on a solo vacation are not an option for everyone, but hiking, escaping through reading, volunteering, or going to a movie alone are within most people’s reach.

The advice to ask yourself “what speaks to your soul” resonates with me and is something I had already done. Regular visitors here know I love birds and nature. When I’m out on the nature trails monitoring or photographing birds, I am blissfully happy and unaware of the passage time. My pet birds give me joy. Gardening is my therapy.

I enjoyed this inspirational and uplifting book. While I am already doing some of steps to happiness, I found several more that I will incorporate: Notably, a change in mindset (anything is possible) and creating new habits (reinvent my sluggish morning routine).

Audio production . . .
The book was narrated by the author, Kristi Ling. I’m not always a fan of author’s reading their own books, but not in this case. Her cheerful, uplifting tone is very listenable, and her enthusiasm for the subject is inspiring.

Audio Sample:
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An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  1. Suko / Feb 11 2017 7:20 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Leslie. Yes, hiking, watching a movie, and volunteering are things that may contribute to happiness. And your birds and photography bring you a special happiness.


  2. BermudaOnion / Feb 11 2017 8:18 pm

    A change in mindset can do wonders!


  3. Mary / Feb 12 2017 11:34 am

    Sounds great!


  4. Diane / Feb 12 2017 11:42 am

    Sounds like a good one. I always loved audiobooks and this winter I can’t seem to get into them. Maybe in spring when I start walking again. We are on our second foot of snow fall in process today:(


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