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Simply wonderful -- the last book on happiness you might ever need
on March 7, 2012
Let me start by saying that I've read a LOT of books on the subject of happiness. Many were good, but none of them got down to its true ESSENCE like this one does. This book does that, and does so in such a way that I now feel like I will never have to read a book on happiness again.
And, refreshingly enough, that's actually the stated author's goal: He actually tells you WHY so many of our efforts to be happy are doomed to failure and why the purported benefits of so many self-help programs evaporate quickly after you close the book or turn off the video.
The great thing about this book is, it shows you that happiness is ALREADY your natural state. Forget all the "striving" and "doing" --- after reading this book your perspective will be forever changed, and from there happiness becomes inevitable.
Is the book a magic wand? No. But if you're willing to be honest with yourself .... and if you're willing to see things in a way you might not be used to .... then a profound shift can happen gradually - and even immediately.
Keats writes the book in a style that forces you to drink slowly from its wisdom. For me, there were so many profound "a-HA" moments, that I literally had to put the book down and consider what I just read. You will not want to read the book quickly --- but you probably will find yourself going back to it again because it's one of those books that goes deeper than you think at first.
Fire your therapist, skip the expensive seminars, and simply read this book! You don't need anything else. I loved it.