Zen and the Art of Happiness is one of my all-time favorite books. It is written by Chris Prentiss and it's a pretty quick read. When I started reading it, I could not put it down. At the start of each chapter, there are meaningful quotes that allow one to self-reflect on happiness and how we can reach a state of tranquility, gratefulness, and inner joy.
This book provides a few examples which are very easy to connect to as well as scientific research on happiness. One of my favorite messages from this book is how we must stay positive and move forward even when circumstances do not seem to be working out. When ‘bad’ things happen to us, we must believe that they are for the very best.
"Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me."
For example you might lose your job which in turn may make you feel depressed and anxious, but if you embrace the situation and stay positive, you may see that space has now been created for a new, greater opportunity. It states in the book that happiness and unhappiness are states of mind based on your interpretation of events (what you choose to see). You can change the state of your mind by supplying your mind with new information and looking for ways to interpret those events happening in your life differently and in more positive way.
I recommend this book for everyone, at any life stage, even if you already feel very zen and full of happiness. I hope you enjoy this book as much I did!
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