Happy Homes and the Hearts that Make Them: Or Thrifty People and why They Thrive


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Samuel Smiles was a Scottish author and government reformer, but he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. He wrote popular articles and books on his theories; ways people could help themselves overcome their problems. His book "Self-Help" brought him to celebrity status: almost overnight, he became a leading pundit and much-consulted guru. "Happy Homes" focuses on ways and reasons to be thrifty, how to find happiness in life, the opposite sex and work. What's particularly striking about this book is its clear-headed 19th Century advice for "improvement" and cultural stability, etc., combined with the entrenched and historic sexism of a paternalistic society. “Sow a thought and you get an act; Sow an act and you get a habit; Sow a habit and you get a character; Sow a character and you get a destiny.”― Samuel Smiles, Happy Homes and the Hearts That Make Them - Summary by John Greenman and Wikipedia (19 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:08 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 1: The Art of Living; or Making the Most of Life 53:32 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 2: Healthy Homes 41:08 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 3: Influence of Character 1:00:24 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 4: Home Power 1:01:17 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 5: Companionship and Example 50:59 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 6: Work 41:22 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 7: Helping One's Self 43:49 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 8: Leaders of Industry - Inventors and Producers 1:01:51 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 9: Application and Perserverance 36:02 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 10: Helps and Opportunities - Scientific Pursuits 58:20 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 11: Energy and Will 39:26 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 12: Self-culture -- Facilities and Difficulties 1:12:08 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 13: Workers in Art 46:35 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 14: Men of Business 30:22 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 15: Money - Its Use and Abuse 47:40 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 16: Habits of Thrift 36:42 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 17: Methods of Economy 52:41 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 18: Courage 51:18 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 19: Self-control 40:21 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 20: Duty -- Truthfulness 34:41 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 21: Temper 28:12 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 22: Manner -- Art 39:35 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 23: Companionship of Books 24:12 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 24: Companionship in Marriage 52:15 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 25: Examples -- Models 27:02 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 26: Character -- The True Gentleman 37:32 Read by John Greenman
Chapter 27: The Discipline of Experience 22:43 Read by John Greenman