Monday, December 19, 2016
Book Review - The Five Thieves of Happiness
About the Book
Stop Seeking Happiness; Just Get Out of Its Way!
Happiness is our natural state, for each of us and for humanity as a whole, argues John Izzo. But that happiness is being stolen by insidious mental patterns that he depicts as thieves: the thief of control, the thief of conceit, the thief of coveting, the thief of consumption, and the thief of comfort. He discovered these thieves as he sought the true source of happiness during a year-long sabbatical, walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and living in the Andes of Peru. This thoughtful and inspiring book describes the disguises these thieves wear, the tools they use to break into our hearts, and how to lock them out once and for all. Izzo shows how these same thieves of personal happiness are destroying society as well. This book will help us all discover, develop, and defend the happiness that is our true nature while creating a world we all want to live in.
My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really makes you rethink what it means to find happiness. The author does an amazing job at laying out some of the issues that stand in our way of finding happiness in our own lives and offers great advice and practical tips and examples of what you can do to start making incremental changes to start a new way of thinking and a new way of life. I love the parallels this makes with the importance of service, gratitude and connection, as these are areas I have always felt a connection with too. Thanks to Mr. Izzo for opening my eyes to the happiness that can be found all around me!
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