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‘Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.’
Dalai Lama XIV
This is a book that has the power to change lives.
‘Teach this triple truth to all: a generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.’
I met Mike for the first time, by chance, a few days ago. It says much for his generosity that he was prepared to give me his personal and only copy of Our Generous Gene. I was embarking on a trans Atlantic flight that afternoon. Once started I could not put it down. I read three quarters on the flight and the remainder the evening of my arrival. As I read the first half I felt slightly smug (u tube roger allsopp channel swim) When it came to the second half I realised just how far I have to go. This is a book that has the power to change lives. As I left the flight I certainly felt obliged to give a much more generous donation to the children's charity Changing Lives. A great book, life changing for me even at my advancing years.
A Book Review by Roger Allsop
Mike shows how as humans we are at our happiest and healthiest when focused on the well-being of others.
‘That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.’
I have to say that this is the kind of book that is more than just an enjoyable read. It is the sort of book that gets you to change the fundamentals of how you travel through the world. Buy it. Read it. Reflect on it. Act on it. A richer more rewarding life is on the other side.
‘If you really care about your family, it’s best to do something to make the world a better place for your children and grandchildren, rather than just giving them money.’
An incredible, inspiring and timely book.
‘If you think you are too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.’
‘What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is in the end of little consequence; the only consequence is what we do.'
‘Kindness to people helps them recognise their value, and when they value themselves, they recognise the value of others.'
a cracking read and one which we should all share with our nearest and dearest.
‘If you have the means to do something today, be a game-changer and do it. Solve a problem, animate your passion while you can still know it, feel it. It’s like no other pleasure on earth.’
Dame Stephanie Shirley
‘Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.’
"Mike is a really inspiring guy. He's the real deal. He was immensely generous to me. I was establishing a big charity event and he sponsored me and all the key people involved. But just as important was the personal support he gave. I LOVE his secret generosity... but in a way he was secretly generous to me. He never asked for anything in return or any recognition. I couldn't believe someone I'd only just met being so bloody kind. Sweet guy and VERY VERY funny."
‘Our path to happiness must begin on our doorstep, where we live; otherwise it is not ours.’
'Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.'
Robert F. Kennedy
"Mike Dickson has been on a great mission – to inspire a world of greater generosity, because the more generous we are, the happier we are. He believes that we are all born generous, but we can easily lose our way. He has successfully inspired thousands of people to enjoy the gift of being more generous, and this book will inspire thousands more. Thank you Mike."
Nick Williams - http://iamnickwilliams.com/
Unlike most self help books out there, this one really does deliver.
It's impossible not to read this book without wanting to take action and practise generosity
A highly relevant read that brings lots of useful resources together and encourages us all to 'get a grip' and 'focus more on creating a life worth living'
Amazon Book Reviewer
A happier life is a generous life.
So let's focus on happiness and meaning. What's stopping you?