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“People like Francis Brennan smile, and make others smile. He is the living proof that happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product of how we behave” Sunday Independent ‘Life can deal us any kind of a hand, good or bad. Often, it’s a bit of both, and the only difference is what we make of it. And that’s the subject of this book – how we handle what life throws at us, and learn to make the most of it. In short, it’s a book about happiness.’ Full of warm and witty anecdotes, Francis Brennan shares his deeply personal memoirs while letting us in on the secret to his success – his belief in happiness. By counting his blessings such as his childhood, family, friendships, career, travel, spirituality, home life and public life, he outlines what matters to him and what has sustained him in life, and shows how learning to be happy is the most important gift you can give yourself. By sharing how he has dealt with the ups and downs of his life, he shows that happiness is something you choose, rather than it choosing you.
In It’s the Little Things: Francis Brennan’s Guide to Life, was puiblished in 2014. Francis shows how he has lived a successful and happy life based on three key principles: caring, consideration and community. Based on the foundations of respect for others he was taught by his parents, Francis’ philosophy has made his world a better place and can make your world a better place too. Beginning with manners and how we can show simple consideration for others at home, at work and in the wider world, his tips and advice will describe how to add what he calls ‘that extra sprinkling of sparkle dust’ to any situation, making everything that little bit more magical. It’s all about the little things, such as making the perfect cup of tea or knowing what way your pillowcase should face, that make life run that bit more smoothly. Among the topics Francis covers are how to be the perfect guest and the perfect host, the essentials of being a good neighbour, how to survive claustrophobic family gatherings, what to wear to an important interview and much more, all told with his trademark wit. Francis has peppered his advice with wonderful anecdotes and humorous observations and reminiscences of his years in the hospitality trade. All are linked to the other core beliefs he holds dear: showing kindness and consideration to ourselves and others - the little things we can do to show our appreciation for the most important people in our lives!