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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Out From the Crowd of Happiness Books and Projects, May 21, 2012
This review is from: Code to Joy: The Four-Step Solution to Unlocking Your Natural State of Happiness (Hardcover)
Do you you wonder why the elated feeling of joy and happiness is rare and fleeting? Why you seem to have to pay for the good times in your life - as if lots of life was like lots of alcohol? Why you depart often, but arrive seldom? Why you experience more anti-climaxes than climaxes? Why you aren't happy?

Wouldn't you rather just be joyful?

Then get yourself a copy of CODE TO JOY. For one thing, CODE TO JOY is endorsed by 5-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, amongst others. I include it in my review first because when a 12-time Olympic medalist states that the book's co-author George Pratt has had "a huge impact on my ability to go further than I thought possible", I think it's significant. But let's begin at the beginning. Most people are well aware that you can survive a heart attack, have quintuple bypass surgery, experience collapsed lungs and assorted other ailments, and still go strong many decades later. What people are less unaware of is that you can experience emotional trauma - from very light all the way to the equivalent of a heart attack - and not only survive, but recover, thrive and who knows, go further than you previously thought possible.

The absence of joy - what goes by the terms of unhappiness and depression - can be caused by events large and small in your life. CODE TO JOY uses the powerful metaphor of fog to illustrate the point. To make much fog only takes a minuscule amount of water. The actual water in a blanket of fog one acre around and one meter deep would not quite fill an ordinary drinking glass. Would you believe a glass of water, under the right circumstances, will disperse into 400 billion droplets of fog?

It's mindblowing - and so it is with unhappiness and depression. The smallest of life accidents, let alone big emotional trauma, can transform into a mental fog that then envelops spirit like a dark cloud. When it happens it acts like sentries to your heart, preventing love, light, personal growth and abundance from getting past. Sometimes the fog lifts, other times it stays for what may seem forever. With some people that fog of unhappiness is practically tangible. They enter a room complete with a dark cloud above them. When they leave, the darkness leaves also. By all accounts they are good people, yet for no apparent reason their lives are unraveling.

CODE TO JOY is about getting rid of the cloud and to live the rest of your life fog-free. The book's innovative approach is in connecting the body and the mind. CODE TO JOY provides a straightforward 4-step process through which you can not only discover joy, but make it yours permanently. The key to joy, it demonstrates, is in bridging the chasm between mind and body. The term "biofield" is coined. Energy is involved - which makes perfect sense since our universe is made of energy - and so is joy. If "biofield" sounds like a minefield to you, relax - CODE TO JOY demystifies it and presents it in clear, concise terms.

All that said, joy and happiness are still an inside job. There are no shortcuts. Make no mistake about it. However, the book will go a long way in helping you get that inside job done. CODE TO JOY doesn't offer instant gratification or get-joy-quick schemes. It's still a 248-age book. In fairness, many of these pages are taken up by anecdotal evidence and stories. CODE TO JOY offers a blueprint to joy that's logical, simple and straightforward - and that's proven to have worked many times over. To me, CODE TO JOY is a 4-star book that would be 5-star if some of the fat (stories and anecdotes) were cut out, but since you can jump these passages without breaking a sweat we're back to 5.
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