Author:               Jonathan Fields

Book:                 How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, & Practical Wisdom

Published:         Paperback – 2016

Pages:                236 (paperback)

From his website: “His newest book, How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, was a USA Today bestseller, and serves as an operating manual for a life well-lived.”

Jonathan Fields calls himself an introvert. I like that! He mentioned this during a conversation with either Kris Carr or Brene Brown (both self-proclaimed introverts).

This makes me happy. Introverts are often misunderstood. So, when Jonathan spoke up to say he is an introvert, I felt vindicated for the times folks looked at me oddly when I said I often need quiet space.

So, I purchased his book in Audible. Listening on my daily commute, I found his wisdom refreshing.

I’ve listed highlights as examples. You are best served by reading his entire list of suggestions and exercises on your own. It’s an easy read and very entertaining.

The “Good Life” Buckets.

Jonathan suggests we periodically review our three buckets to ensure they are not empty. If left empty for too long, our lives get out of whack and unbalanced. Must re-fill our buckets as needed.

  1. Your Vitality Bucket
    1. Wake Up
    2. Get Your Gratitude On
    3. Take the Slow Lane
  2. Your Connections Bucket
    1. Find Your People
    2. Cultivate Compassion
    3. Uncage Your Conversations
  3. Your Contributions Bucket
    1. Spark Yourself
    2. Get Out of Your Head
    3. Think Ripple, Not Wave

Jonathan illustrates “how” to re-fill each Good Life Bucket. He intersperses personal stories from his high school years to the current day. He references experts and other sources of knowledge.

On the surface, his guidance may appear to be common sense. But Jonathan takes it deeper, so hang in there for the nuggets of wisdom he offers.  It’s well worth the read. And I bet you will take away some new tactics for Living a Good Life.