Description : An intellectual history of the modern concept of happiness in human life which maintains that a change in human expectations took place during the Enlightenment which made happiness a motivating ideal.
Description : A work of popular philosophy from an Eastern perspective, this analyses our perennial search for happiness and explains why we can't find it in modern lifestyles, pleasure or fame. It enlists the help of polls by sociologists, findings of evolutionary psychologists, historians, philosophers and others, as well as drawing on personal experience and examples, to show that true happiness is to be found in realizing that we are not separate from everything else-whether people, objects, or happiness itself.
Description : What if, starting today, we stopped thinking in terms of lack and imperfection? What if we stopped trying to change reality with the power of our thoughts and intention? What if we no longer thought that everything needs to be fixed, healed or improved? In her new book, Postma (author of The Deeper Secret and The Secret Within) explores the mental and emotional blocks that keep us from true joy. She writes, "Rarely has anything in my life gone the way I had hoped, expected or thought. There have been some heavy blows. However, in hindsight, I can see that everything turned out just as it should have." Calling upon many wisdom traditions and her own hard-won insights, Postma traces a gentle path that will lead to the renewal of your mind and spirit. She writes, "To embrace reality is an act of total renewal. When we dare to see things as they truly are it immediately brings us a feeling of liberation, strength and healing. Therefore it is no coincidence that Buddhists describe "experiencing God" as being "completely present" in reality. To surrender means to let go of the control you think you have in your life. It means releasing your preconceived thoughts and notions about how you think your life should be. It is all about no longer forcing your personal will on reality. In fact, to surrender is a celebration of real freedom."
Description : Are you happy? I mean really happy and fulfilled? Are you waking up with a purpose, with a mission, and with tons of energy? Are you exactly where you imagined your life would be? If not, it's ok. You aren't alone. In fact, this book came about because of one reason... I wasn't happy. I didn't feel fulfilled in life, and I was beginning to question my purpose here on Earth. I had married the girl of my dreams, we had a nice home, nice jobs, had a beautiful baby girl, yet I still didn't feel really fulfilled in life. I kept wondering if something wrong with me or if everyone else had similar questions about the meaning of life, love, God, money, and our pursuit of happiness... So five years ago I decided to start reading at least one self-help, personal development, or business book per week. I also starting taking online self-help courses and began surrounding myself with the most inspiring and successful people I could in order to find out what truly makes people happy. Would you like to know what I learned from reading hundreds of books and spending well over $100k on books, online courses, podcasts, and speaking with thought leaders in private mastermind groups over the last 5 years? Well, I'm delighted to tell you that it all boiled down to FOUR overlapping, needle-moving themes that contain the answer to a happy and fulfilled life. And all four of the "cornerstone pieces" all broken down in this one of a kind book called, Fishing For Happiness. Why "Fishing For Happiness"? Do you know the one thing that fishermen love better than fishing? It's catching... Yet, the sad thing is that almost all anglers spend the majority of their time fishing instead of catching. Ironically, humans are the same way when it comes to happiness and fulfillment. We spend the majority of lives "fishing" for happiness, just hoping we will somehow "catch" long-term fulfillment and stumble upon a purpose with our lives. Well, this book aims to bring some light on how to catch fulfillment in your life. Think of it like a Cheat Sheet To Finding Happiness & Fulfillment Based On The Wisdom From Hundreds Of The Top Self-Help Books And Leaders Over The Last 100 Years. I know you will enjoy it, and my goal is that it not only inspires you, but that it transforms your life for the best. In fact, I'm so certain you will get value out of Fishing for Happiness that I personally guarantee it will help you feel happier & more fulfilled or I'll buy the book back from you.
Description : Turning the World Upside Down is a search to understand what is happening and what it means for us all. It is based on Nigel Crisp's own journey from running the largest health system in the world to working in some of the poorest countries, and draws upon his own experiences to explore new ideas and innovations around the world. The book has three unique features: Describes what rich countries can learn from poorer ones, as well as the other way round Deals with health in rich and poor countries in the same way, not treating them as totally different, and suggests that instead of talking about international development we should talk about co-development Sets out a new vision for global health, and our rights and accountabilities as citizens of the world There is an unfair import export business in people and ideas that flourishes between rich and poor countries. Rich countries import trained health workers and export their ideas and ideology about health in poorer ones, whether or not they are appropriate or useful. What, Nigel Crisp asks, if we were to turn the world upside down - so the import export business was reversed and poorer countries exported their ideas and experience whilst richer ones exported their health workers? Health leaders in poorer countries, without the resources or the baggage of rich countries, have learned to innovate, to build on the strengths of the population and their communities and develop new approaches that are relevant for the rich and poor alike. At the same time, richer countries and their health workers could help poorer countries to train, in their own country, the workers they need for the future. They would help pay a debt for all the workers who have migrated and learn themselves the new ways of working, which they will need in the 21st Century. We could stop talking about international development - as something the rich world does to the poor - and start talking about co-development, our shared learning and shared future. There is already a movement of people and ideas travelling in this direction. Young people get this intuitively. Many thousands of young professionals want a different professional education for themselves - in global health. Together with the leaders from poorer countries and the innovators around the world, they are creating a new global vision for health. Turning the World Upside Down is a search for understanding that helps us to see how Western Scientific Medicine, which has served us so well in the 20th Century, needs to adapt and evolve to cope with the demands of the 21st Century. It sets our a new vision and concludes by describing the actions we need to take to accelerate the change.
Description : In Made for Happiness, Jean Vanier examines the basis for modern moral philosophy and its role in our lives today. Having discovered through his work with the intellectually disabled the degree to which our society is divided, and our values misplaced, Vanier invites us to read with fresh eyes theories of happiness written 2,400 years ago. The book follows the links between psychology, spirituality, and morality: psychology helps us face our fears and limitations; spirituality gives us strength; and morality helps us to choose the best actions, those that will make us happier, and thus more human. The combination of these paths to knowledge and wisdom gives meaning to our lives and allows us to make the best use of our freedom on our way to happiness.
Description : Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): Happiness It's easy to see why Denmark is often called the world's happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else. So nobody knows more about happiness - what the Danes call lykke - than Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of the bestselling sensation The Little Book of Hygge. But he believes that, whilst we can certainly learn a lot from the Danes about finding fulfilment, the keys to happiness are actually buried all around the globe. In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.
Description : This book's broad-ranging and compelling narrative uses literary analysis to examine how identities are influenced within organisations by corporate communication and how they are resisted and challenged by writing coming from other lifestyles. It claims workplace 'empowerment' is a rhetorical misrepresentation causing stress particularly to public sector employees whose personal identity and fulfillment relies on a quality of service defined by their professional occupations, which conflicts with calls for increasing quantity of output required by companies organised for 'fast, flexible and responsive' production. It proves this claim by reading identity through the language of labour expressed in other types of cultural communication - the novel, the writing of celebrity chefs and travel autobiographies - to show how psychological stress is alleviated when personal and occupational values are re-aligned, when work is conducted closer to the rhythms and regulated time of natural processes and when power for 'speaking-the-self' is restored to the individual.
Description : With the same compassion and wisdom that powered his phenomenal bestseller When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner addresses a need that is universal and timeless -- the wish for a meaningful life. Why is it that, after attaining many of our goals, we are left with a sense that something vital is missing? In his deeply inspiring bestseller, Rabbi Kushner shows us how to live as human beings are meant to. He guides us to a heightened sense of joy, purpose, and meaning, and helps us to redirect our energies toward goals that will bring us lasting happiness and true fulfillment.