Mindful Communication for Happiness: Concise Book Review
31 March 2021
Book Category: Nonfiction
The core messages of Mindful Communication for Happiness are solid. The thing that could have been done much better was the organization of the book. It’s a short book at 124 pages long with six chapters total, but within those chapters, there are no headings that would have helped differentiate between the ideas of the author.
Other than the organization, I found the communication suggestions to be helpful. One of my favorite suggestions from the book states:
‘Timing can often be more important than the communication itself. Poor communication at the right time can sometimes be more effective than good communication at the wrong time.’
How much communication effects our lives
Communication is a huge part of our life and that’s the biggest reason I read this book. I’m glad that I read it. The author seems to have had a lot of personal experience with communication or at least has taken the time to reflect on how we communicate. Hence he wrote a book about it.
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh reminds me of this book. Like Edward’s book it was very short and direct with a sense of caring. Not a bad combination.
If I were to pick any of these books I’d actually go with both. But one thing I’d love to see more of in Mindful Communication for Happiness if Edward’s personal stories, examples, and background as to why it is important that we communicate the way he suggests.
In the end of Mindful Communication for Happiness
Edward gives some great examples of good communication and bad communication which makes it a bit easier to understand. I’ve read several books about communication before, this one being a good addition to my collection.
If I were to recommend reading this book, I’d recommend it to someone who needs a second or third opinion about the ways they have been communicating. Maybe their communication hasn’t been as effective as they would have liked. Check out this book if this describes you.
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