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Little Victories : Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living (Unabridged) (CD/Spoken Word) (Jason Gay)
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The Wall Street Journal's popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living.“The book you hold in your hand is a rule book. There have been rule books before—stacks upon stacks of them—but this book is unlike any other rule book you have ever read. It will not make you rich in twenty-four hours, or even seventy-two hours. It will not cause you to lose eighty pounds in a week. This book has no abdominal exercises. I have been doing abdominal exercises for most of my adult life, and my abdomen looks like it’s always looked. It looks like flan. Syrupy flan. So we can just limit those expectations. This book does not offer a crash diet or a plan for maximizing your best self. I don’t know a thing about your best self. It may be embarrassing. Your best self might be sprinkling peanut M&M’s onto rest-stop pizza as we speak. I cannot promise that this book is a road map to success. And we should probably set aside the goal of total happiness. There’s no such thing.I would, however, like for it to make you laugh. Maybe think. I believe it is possible to find, at any age, a new appreciation for what you have—and what you don’t have—as well as for the people closest to you. There’s a way to experience life that does not involve a phone, a tablet, a television screen. There’s also a way to experience life that does not involve eating seafood at the airport, because you should really never eat seafood at the airport.Like the title says, I want us all to achieve little victories. I believe that happiness is derived less from a significant single accomplishment than it is from a series of successful daily maneuvers. Maybe it’s the way you feel when you walk out the door after drinking six cups of coffee, or surviving a family vacation, or playing the rowdy family Thanksgiving touch football game, or just learning to embrace that music at the gym. Accomplishments do not have to be large to be meaningful. I think little victories are the most important ones in life.” — From the IntroductionFrom the Hardcover edition.
Four times a week, millions of people?men and women?turn to Jason Gay's column in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal has made him the face of their television marketing campaign, and he is the most tweeted writer to the paper's 4.32 million Twitter followers.
Why is Gay so celebrated? It starts with his witty, fan's-eye-view of the sports world, which he loves but doesn't take too seriously. But his most celebrated features are his "Rules" columns, which provide untraditional, highly amusing but useful advice for maneuvering through the minefields of everyday life. Rules for the Office?"Your job is your job and, yes, people are talking behind your back." Rules for Managing Money?"Or, at least that $45 you owe me. C'mon, you had three California rolls and two beers, with tip that's $45." Rules for Family Gatherings?"And other happy things that should maybe make you run for your life."
In this, his first book, Gay presents his case that happiness is not a matter of grand accomplishments like climbing Mt. Everest (which, as he points out, is expensive and stressful) but conquering the small everyday challenges, like putting pants on before 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday.
Little Victories is a life guide for people who hate life guides. Whether the subject is rules for raising the perfect child without infuriating all of your friends, rules for how to be cool (related: Why do you want to be cool?) or rules of how to tell the difference between real depression or just eating five cupcakes in a row, Gay's whimsical essays make you laugh, and then you think, "You know, he's kind of right."
From the Hardcover edition.