Book Review #43: The Suitcase of Happyness by Mark Jaffe


Title: The Suitcase of Happyness
Author: Mark Jaffe
Pages: 149
Genre: Nonfiction, Self Help, Inspirational
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780997462005
Date of Publication: May 26, 2016
Publishing House: Cool Breeze Press
Goodreads Rating: 4.40
My Personal Rating: 5 out of 5

The Suitcase of Happyness is a roadmap to achieve and enjoy your happiest life. Yes, the word is really spelled out that way; you have to read it to find out why. I received this copy in exchange for an honest and fair review. Mr. Mark Jaffe is a former senior executive at The Walt Disney Company and he has spent many years of his life creating and collecting all happy moments. To say that this book inspired and empowered me is an understatement! This book definitely nailed it when it comes to changing my current view with regards to life and HAPPYNESS.

The moment Miss Ayla sent me an email asking me if I would be interested in reviewing this book, I already knew that I would really love to do it. The title itself made me eager and excited. I honestly looked forward to the day that it will finally arrive. I know that I personally need this book in my life the first time that I was able to hold it. I was so sad during that time because we recently moved here without the kids. I was having a really hard time because of all the adjustments that we (Knate and I) have to make. This book helped me a lot. I was happy that I get to know Mr. Jaffe personally (sort of). It contains a lot of lessons based on his personal experiences. Success, failures, etc.; all of which became a huge part of his life and created the person he is today. I was really glad that I read it. I made a lot of realizations and reflections. I will also start making my own collection of happy moments just like him. I will write them down, I will put them in a jar, and when I grow old I want to read them and look back.

Life is good, we should always be thankful.

Just a brief overview of what he said, there are 10 pathways to happiness and they are:

1) The rule of “YES”. Happyness don’t occur on its own, it is created. We just have to say YES.
2) The power of “PASSION”. Passion multiplies whatever it touches.
3) The excitement of “DISCOVERY”. Always live your life as if you are on a VACATION.
4) The magic of “SIMPLICITY”. The happiest moments are the EASIEST to find.
5) The delight of “PLAY”. Play gives pleasure, and pleasure creates HAPPYNESS,
6) The joy of “CONNECTION”. HAPPYNESS is nothing if we don’t SHARE it.
7) The elation of “LAUGHTER”. Laughter always makes us HAPPIER.
8) The gift of “GRATITUDE”. Gratitude is a window in which we see, feel, and appreciate HAPPYNESS.
9) The serenity of “PEACE”. Enjoying the “peace” of a moment doesn’t mean that you have to forget your existing problems. They coexist with each other.
10) The creation of “MEANING”. By creating a meaning in your life, HAPPYNESS comes.

Find these interesting? YES. They are, indeed. This book is 5 out of 5. It empowers you, it helps you, and it definitely opens your eyes.

Thank You, Mr. Mark Jaffe.

You can purchase the book HERE.


Comfort Zones are Tempting yet SCARY.

Hello! I’m back, again. If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts then I’m sure that you’re already aware that my husband and I recently moved here in Australia because I will be taking up a conversion program in Nursing for one year at the prestigious University of Canberra (Bruce Campus). And I’m  also certain that you’re wondering and asking WHY. Despite the fact that I’ve already finished my degree in Nursing in my home country, passed the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination last 2008 and practiced as a Registered Nurse for 5 and 1/2 years?! Yeah, why? Apparently, our country’s nursing standards isn’t the same with the one that they have here in Australia. I still have to study for a year in order for me to earn a Bachelor Degree and become an Australian Registered Nurse. I truly believe that in God’s perfect time, I will be able to finish all this with pride and dignity. I am so grateful because my parents and in-laws gave me this once in a lifetime chance to pursue an advancement in my career in order for Knate and I to give the kids a better and brighter future. It is very heartbreaking for me to leave my children behind even just for a while, but sometimes we all have to be brave enough and face our fears and make some sacrifices. Before, never in my entire life have I imagined that I’ll be leaving the kids even for just a short period of time, especially now that they are at this age where they keep on asking a lot of questions, but, the people around me who truly cares made me realize that comfort zones are really great, tempting and beautiful but it’s truly scary to have regrets in the end. Finally, we’ve decided that it is about time to go out of our laid-back lifestyle and face the real world on our own.
The University of Canberra is located here in Bruce, ACT. According to WIKIPEDIA, UC offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering six main learning areas which are Applied ScienceHealthArt and DesignBusiness, Government and lawEducation and Information Sciences and Engineering. And I’m proud to say that according to some internet sites that I’ve recently visited, it is indeed included in the world’s top 100 “young” universities based on World University Rankings. So if you’ll ask me if I’m pressured, the answer will always be a YES. Hahaha! My first day at UNI is quite overwhelming! It felt surreal! I was like “OMG! At this age, I still have to go to UNI blah blah blah…” But my anxiety was automatically replaced with excitement after the orientation week. I like it here. I love how everything is within my reach. I was astonished with all the facilities especially the LIBRARY (bookworm problems 101, LOL). This is definitely a world-class institution and I’m very thankful that I’m finally here.
A simple unsolicited advice to people my age or even to the ones who are younger or older than me is that never ever be afraid to make some major changes in your lives. I know how scary (DAMN!) it is to leave your home especially with all the convenience and the comfort that your family brings you but if you will not do it now, then, when? What if it’s too late already? What if the chance might never come your way again? Having “what ifs “ and “only ifs” are life’s greatest enemy. So take a leap, change your path and soar high! We can do it, we just have to believe in ourselves. ^_^ -Janna