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

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

Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)

1. Preface
2. Chapter 1: The Art of Living; or Making the Most of Life
3. Chapter 2: Healthy Homes
4. Chapter 3: Influence of Character
5. Chapter 4: Home Power
6. Chapter 5: Companionship and Example
7. Chapter 6: Work
8. Chapter 7: Helping One's Self
9. Chapter 8: Leaders of Industry - Inventors and Producers
10. Chapter 9: Application and Perserverance
11. Chapter 10: Helps and Opportunities - Scientific Pursuits
12. Chapter 11: Energy and Will
13. Chapter 12: Self-culture -- Facilities and Difficulties
14. Chapter 13: Workers in Art
15. Chapter 14: Men of Business
16. Chapter 15: Money - Its Use and Abuse
17. Chapter 16: Habits of Thrift
18. Chapter 17: Methods of Economy
19. Chapter 18: Courage
20. Chapter 19: Self-control
21. Chapter 20: Duty -- Truthfulness
22. Chapter 21: Temper
23. Chapter 22: Manner -- Art
24. Chapter 23: Companionship of Books
25. Chapter 24: Companionship in Marriage
26. Chapter 25: Examples -- Models
27. Chapter 26: Character -- The True Gentleman
28. Chapter 27: The Discipline of Experience

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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