The Whens: A Guide to Finding Happiness Now

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  • Title: The Whens
  • List Price: $12.50 USD
  • Author: Steve Hanson
  • Illustrator: Louisa Rempala
  • Publication Date: 11/11/11
  • Summary: In a life filled with promises of happiness, it takes a brave or foolish man to step off the trail of Whens. Are you ready to start the journey to being happy now?
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9838019-0-0
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Press Release: Who are the Whens?

Nov 11, 2011

No matter what you look like or where you live, we all spend our lives searching for the same thing.

Today we have an epidemic of people wasting time and money by searching for happiness in all the wrong places. The Whens is revolutionary because its simple message can teach us where to find happiness now.

Who are our Whens then? To meet your Whens, all you need to do is complete the following sentence: I'll be happy when . . .

Notes from the Author

I've gotten a lot of questions asking if I dislike lawyers or education, but neither could be further from the truth. In fact, many of my good friends are lawyers!

In our society so many people think that getting an education and becoming a doctor or lawyer is the best thing possible. It really seems like "you've made it" if you can accomplish all of that. However, I want to suggest instead that following your passion is best thing possible. Go be a lawyer, but only if that's your passion. Mine is writing about clouds.

The lawyer section warns against doing task after task that others have said will make you happy, when actually they're making you miserable. It's about finding happiness now instead of doing things you think will make you happy in the future (like becoming a lawyer, losing weight, buying a nicer car, etc). Those other things will come if you follow your smile.

- Steve

Notes from the Illustrator

The first time I read the "The Whens", I was excited and filled with wonder that my brother-in-law could write such an amazing story and I was even more excited that I had the chance to illustrate this wonderful tale.

I feel like it's such an important message everyone should learn and it's taught in a unique and inspiring way. I am so proud that this was one of our first books that we did together.

I am very aware that many adults are too busy to read through hundreds of pages of a self-help book, so we thought this book would be fun to flick through while also teaching the masses a very important lesson.

I am also very impressed at the ability of many of the clever children who I have showed this book to: they were able to fully grasp the concept and understand the purpose of this book. It was amazing to see there faces when they learned that they could understand a concept that was written for adults.

I know that this book could touch the hearts and minds of many adults and clever children. It was an absoulte pleasure to illustrate and I am so glad that I took this on.

- Louisa