During the 2016 Christmas holidays, I read the book “The Five Thieves of Happiness” by Dr. John Izzo. It seemed like a timely read as we were starting 2017. I’ve already read several other books by Dr. Izzo so I was familiar and comfortable with his easy flowing style. The premise of the book is that as humans, our natural state is “happiness”. We are all meant to be happy but there are FIVE thieves that take away this happiness. When we understand what is going on, we become empowered to transform and be HAPPY again.
The first thief of happiness, “Control”, resonated with me. In today’s fast paced society, we are under the illusion that we can control our lives, our relationships, and our career. The reality is we don’t! It’s possible to be mindful of what your thought patterns are and to train yourself to let go of the need to control things or people. In life, it’s a good idea to train yourself to surrender and accept that some situations are going to unfold in the way they were meant to unfold. They are simply BEYOND your control. The book highlights steps to follow to kick the CONTROL thief of happiness.
Another thief of happiness, “Consumption”, is rampant in our consumer based society today. As Dr. Izzo writes, “This thief constantly whispers an insidious mantra in your ear that goes something like “If and when you have x, you will be happy.” You can fill in the blank: I would be truly happy if I had… a nicer house, a better spouse, more external success, a new body, a best seller, more Facebook friends, a remodeled house, more followers on Twitter, more fame or less fame, more leisure time or more work, and so on.” Happiness and contentment are a choice we make in life and it’s important to remember that they are not by-products of other possessions. Being mindful of this is a first step as Dr. Izzo suggests.
I would highly recommend reading this book to anyone who is on the path of finding inner bliss and happiness. It’s beautiful to read and to follow with concrete advice and steps on how to achieve happiness or what I will call inner peace.
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