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"Tim has discovered a hidden 'way' to happiness that has been there for ages. It's so paradoxical that almost everyone misses it. Becoming like a little child is the key. Read this book."
- Steve Mitchell, Amazon Reviewer

"Short but thought provoking. I tried the suggestions and found myself laughing and smiling."
- Penny, Amazon Reviewer

"Tim Grimes has hit on something so profoundly simple that it sounds almost ridiculous. But check it out, it totally works!"
- Walford, Amazon Reviewer

"Very helpful."
- Bill Rowden, Amazon Reviewer

"While reading this book, I found myself chuckling and eventually laughing out loud."
- Tucson Reader, Amazon Reviewer

"Take a look for yourself. You just might reclaim part of your childhood and/or sanity!"
- Cynthia J, Amazon Reviewer

"Short and to the point. Get out of your own way and you may just find the way to be happy."
- Nhrbookcrazy, Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

This brief, gentle guide isn't your typical advice on how to become happy. 
 
That's because the recommendations in here aren't theoretical. Abstract advice on happiness can be a wonderful thing - but this guide is different. The reason we won't be going over anything abstract involving happiness is because those lofty ideas can confuse us a lot of the time. I know I spent a long time confusing myself over the idea of happiness, and I imagine many of you reading this have had similar struggles.
  
Here's the good news: that difficulty and sense of confusion is completely unnecessary.
 
This guide is intended as an antidote for that confusion. Like I said, for many years, the idea of happiness confused me. Back then, I was willing to go to extreme lengths to hopefully create more happiness in my life. That meant psychedelic drugs and esoteric literature in high school, daily meditation in college, living at a remote Zen Buddhist center after school, and meeting with various self-help teachers throughout my twenties.
 
This entire journey, though, led nowhere.
 
In the back of my mind, I think I knew that any "spiritual quest" I undertook to find more happiness would get me nowhere - but nonetheless I plodded along. For years.  I'm sure many of you can relate. It's not necessarily the specific people, concepts, or places we seek out that matter, but this idea of externally looking for something better. It seems almost normal to be searching for happiness in such a way, because happiness often seems to be so close...yet we can't hold onto it.
 
Anyway, for me, after about 15 years of searching, I finally stopped. I stopped because I realized I was full of sh*t. I also realized that I was already as happy as I ever needed to be.
 
Many mundane events led up to this realization, and honestly none of them mean much. The only important takeaway I would like to share with you here - the entire point of this guide - is that if you stop taking your thoughts so seriously, you become a happier person.
 
Not taking your thoughts seriously isn't an abstract theory. That's why it's worth knowing about, and why we're going to be exploring it. I like being serious. I think it's good to be serious, and it makes you a lovely human being. I also still like reading self-help books and spiritual literature. But, at the same time, you should know that when you feel bad - if you feel bad - you can immediately feel better if you just stop taking your thinking seriously. 

There's nothing particularly special or magical about this...it just always works.
 
This guide is going to show you how to stop taking your thoughts as seriously, and immediately become happier by doing that. It involves physical action, not just mental action. It's one thing for us to say "stop being serious," and another thing altogether to do it. If we're feeling bad, anxious, depressed, or nervous, simply telling ourselves not to be serious won't work. What will work is physically addressing our mental state.
 
Everything we experience emotionally - our entire personal world - comes from our thoughts. Without thoughts, "you" don't exist. If this seems difficult to understand - or idiotic - it'll strike a much deeper chord once you begin doing some of the simple exercises I'm about to describe. These fun exercises are a gateway to a calmer, less stressful life. So test them out!
 
Again, there's nothing wrong with being serious. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being upset, angry, or sad. This guide isn't telling you to eliminate any of those feelings from your life. But what it's going to do is give you a real option for how to quickly alleviate those feelings if you don't want them here in this moment.

Without further ado, let's simplify happiness.

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