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The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy [Format Kindle]

Laurent Gounelle
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At the end of a holiday in Bali, Julian, an unhappy schoolteacher decides to meet a renowned local healer, Samtyang. Through daily sessions at the wise man's house, he begins to identify the source of his unhappiness as a series of simple questions and answers point to his own limiting beliefs and fears. Day after day, their dialogue is punctuated by live examples and challenges Julian is asked to experience on the island's mainland and its surroundings.

From international best-selling author Laurent Gounelle, The Man Who Wanted to be Happy explores the world of new possibilities that are open to us when we discover how to break free of what prevents us from being truly happy.

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Laurent Gounelle écrit des romans qui expriment sa passion pour la philosophie, la psychologie et le développement personnel.
Ancien spécialiste des sciences humaines, formé en France et aux Etats-Unis, conférencier à l'Université de Clermont-Ferrand, il a pendant de nombreuses années sillonné le monde à la rencontre d'hommes et de femmes qui, chacun à sa manière, apporte des éclairages sur la question fondamentale entre toutes : comment s'épanouir et donner du sens à sa vie.
Il se consacre aujourd'hui à l'écriture.
Les romans de Laurent Gounelle sont des best-sellers traduits dans le monde entier.

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Par Sachaaa
j ai lu ce livre en anglais car il m'etait prete par un collegue qui sait que je suis fan de livres de "self improvement". Celui-ci est facile et tres agreable a lire, en quelque jours on devore l'histoire de cet anti-hero (moi, toi) qui a besoin d'un petit coup de pouce d'un sage balinais pour decouvrir son vrai potentiel, et effacer ses idees recues: une vraie bouffee d'oxygene et de soleil !

mes passages preferes: les missions donnees par le sage a notre anti-heros, qui sont de vrais petits challenges initiatiques, et puis une verite bete comme clou mais qui m'a fait enormement de bien: quand on pense qu'on est beau, les autres nous trouvent beaux. Quand on pense qu'on est moche, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy ;-) alors maintenant, tous les matins quand je sors dans la rue prendre mon bus, je me dis que je suis la femme la plus belle du monde.... et entre nous, ca commence a marcher!)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gounelle en anglais 23 juillet 2014
Par A.P.
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Très utile pour ceux qui veulent parfaire leur anglais: belle histoire, facile à lire et facile à traduire...rien de tel pour s'habituer à comprendre la langue de Shakespear. ça vaut une conversation avec un anglophone, la phonétique en moins.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An interesting happiness textbook, not so much of a novel 30 août 2012
Par Jill Florio - Publié sur
Since I really enjoy reading books about happiness, I was excited to find this slim volume that purports to be a novel. Ostensibly, this is a story about a man vacationing in Bali, but it is really a series of conversations between a typical Westerner and a sage, enlightened master. The master asks probing questions, tells parable-like stories, and even assigns homework. He also references pop culture and modern scientific studies in order to get his message across.

I hugely enjoyed Master Samtyang's teachings and his dry, somewhat bizarre wit. The setting of the beaches and jungles of Bali is very appealing.

Julian, as the story's protagonist, is pretty much a shell, a reasonable Everyman stand in for ourselves. There is no plot or action to the book, aside from the important questions posed between master and student. Don't pick this book up looking for an absorbing tale. That's just not what this book is. It is clearly a self help book with a thin veneer of "novel" as the dressing.

If you've read and enjoyed The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, you will be familiar with this genre. This has even less plot, and is a shorter book in any case. I do appreciate books along these lines - books like 2150 AD, Illusions, Celestine Prophecy, Stranger in a Strange Land, Peaceful Warrior - and dervived a lot of learning from The Man Who Wanted To Be Happy.

In fact, I even read the book a second time, with highlighter pen at hand to better mark the learnings lessons and insights within. I've enjoyed noting a section and then going for a run to meditate on how to apply the concepts to my own life. What does MY happiest life look like? What obstacles do I believe are in my way? How do my choices limit my perspective?

Lastly, I found the penultimate chapter about the lessons of money very enlightening. I've always felt it to be true that money has little to do with life satisfaction or happiness, but I didn't notice my condescending attitude towards those who pursue ambition and material goods. This book's lessons showed me how my "noble" perceptions on frugality kept me just as chained by money as the next person. This is something to meditate on for my next run, in any case!

Recommended to people who like self-help books with a little bit of storyline thrown in for cohesion. Not recommended at all as a straight novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a self help class wrapped in a novella - Perfect for 2013 27 janvier 2013
Par E. B. MULLIGAN - Publié sur
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With all the negativity flowing around us the last 6 years this book was a timely and enjoyable surprise. I quick read at 150 short pages there isn't alot of depth but in this hectic world it gives you more than enough to think and act on.

The message: you are in control of you. Only you have the power to allow yourself to be happy. Rid yourself of the Debbie Downers, rid your self of the bigots, lots of money is not a requirement for happiness. Find out what makes you happy and live it.

I would have rated it 4 stars as self help book and 4 stars as a novel but the combination made it 5 stars for me.

With my father dying in December, my 33 year career ending last week, 6 job changes in 3 years this was a perfectly timed book for me.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Original and unoriginal at the same time 3 septembre 2012
Par Joseph Dewey - Publié sur
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The author's bio at the end of the book says, "His books are based on the principles of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)." I thought that was a strange claim to make for a book, because NLP can be a form of hypnosis, so I first read that statement that there are bits of subliminal hypnosis encoded in this book that will make you do the author's will.

Luckily, though, what the statement in the bio means is that this book is a rehash of a lot of stuff that other NLP experts have talked about. There obviously wasn't enough NLP science in this book to influence me that much.

But the reason I picked this book is that I'm fascinated with happiness, and the pursuit of happiness, and I was hoping that this book would teach me something. The whole point of this book (sorry for the spoiler) is that you will be happy if you keep coming up with new challenges and keep accomplishing them, and if you feel in control of your destiny while you're doing it.

But that's just the last few chapters. Most of the book is about how you create your own destiny by your outlook on life. It sounds like The Secret, but it's a lot more like Anthony Robbins. In fact, I've already read most of the "profound wisdom" and examples that were in this book, in Robbins' books before.

The story of the book is pretty interesting. It's about a high school teacher who spends a month vacation every summer in Bali, who decides to visit a guru every day for a week. The narrative of the story was pretty interesting.

So, if you want to read every text available about happiness, or if you need a quick, short motivational book, then definitely read this. But you won't be missing out on too much if you pass on this book.

+Interesting story

-The main character is way too enamored with the guru, for only having met him a couple days ago
-How does a high school teacher get enough money to take a month long vacation to Bali every year?
-How much of the facts in this book are real facts, versus just being regurgitated from other new age or self help books? I could not tell
-When the main character realizes cool stuff, he realizes that everyone else just isn't as enlightened as he is. I took it as condescension
-Even though the story is interesting, I couldn't ever get lost in it. The writing was so jarring, that I kept remembering that this is a story that is trying to teach me a lesson.
-It makes it seem like if you change your job, you'll find happiness
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Change your thinking and change your world! 2 juillet 2012
Par J. Muench - Publié sur
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I always see these positive feel-good quotes in magazines and catalogs and wonder how many people "get it." Hopefully those who want to "get it" will read this book and realize it IS within your reach!

Author Laurent Gounelle has used his skills in personal development/self-help/psychology to put into words (and excellent lessons!) of how to find your happiness. We follow the story of Julian, on holiday in beautiful Bali, who visits a local "healer" Samtyang even though he is not necessarily ill. Julian discovers he is healthy but not happy, and begins daily visits to seek Samtyang's help. Samtyang doles out heartfelt advice, honest questioning, some homework, and a little tough love to Julian. Straightforward talk is what Julian needs (doesn't everybody?) and he starts making connections that make him start to see life differently, more positively. He realizes it is all within him to change how he views the world, and how his views can change everything. Samtyang gave Julian the skills to see.

While this story is about Julian, there are important lessons that anyone can start using. Lessons about asking for help, how people are more helpful than we give them credit for, making choices, letting go, and believing in your dreams are just a few that Gounelle stuffs in this quick and easy read. One of my favorite lines from the book is when Julian raises doubts about what his family would say about his dream job. Samtyang says: "They are entitled to their opinions, and you are entitled to do what you want with your life." How often do we NOT do something we want to do just because of someone's opinion?! Too often I bet...

So my final 2 cents is this: The lessons for Julian are lessons for all, a nice little lift-you-up moment, a reminder to follow your heart, do the right thing, plan out your dreams and make them happen! You can make changes to your life for the better, and you will get many take-aways from The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy. Change your thinking and change your world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Story Of An Unexected Spiritual Journey, I Somehow Ended Up Joining 20 septembre 2012
Par Wilhelmina Zeitgeist - Publié sur
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The man could have left Bali without meeting him first. It was important but, not what he expected. I, personally, could have stopped reading this book or, at least, had a different attitude while reading.

But, the man couldn't resist meeting him anymore than I could resist turning page after page. I found myself challenged by the ones proposed to our character and pondering things, so obvious yet, I'd never seen or realized before.

"The Man Who Wanted To Be Happy," a lovely novel by Laurent Goundelle, really opened my mind to alternative ways of thinking and looking at my life and the world around me. I've never heard of this author or May House before so I had to prior expectation. Can't say if reading this necessarily changed my entire way of thinking but it keeps my mind open to the knowledge there are additional unknowns in the universe. It all has my interest and I look forward to checking out more of their publications and online information.
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