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Happiness… A word about having positive feelings, that can sometimes evoke quite the opposite response in us when we think about just how fleeting it is. I’ve read my fair share of books on achieving and pursuing happiness, many of which offer great tips for the short-term, but it’s often not long afterward that I soon realize the happiness has once again left the building and I’m feeling somewhat empty or sad inside instead, maybe for what even seems like no good or apparent reason.
When I was asked by Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu MD to read her book titled, Permanent Happiness I was immediately intrigued. I’ve seen and read many books on happiness but I had never seen one about Permanent Happiness. And how in the world does one ever experience or actually achieve permanent happiness?!
I’ve thought long and hard about this over my lifetime as one day I can be so effortlessly happy, yet other days are harder and I find myself having a much harder time thinking positively and being happy. And what about those days where they start out great but then that one bad thing happens that turns everything around?!
I’ve heard over and over that the answer is just training your self to be more positive and think of the positive side when those negative situations arise, but this is sooooo much easier said than done, and if you ask me… simply thinking more positively in difficult situations just doesn’t work.
How in the world then do we find happiness and hold onto it? Life is full of ups and downs and it always will be. There is no escaping that. So clearly the answer lies in learning how to effectively navigate through the good and the bad times of our life while still holding onto the happiness. But how do we do that?
In Dr. Iyabo’s book, she successfully tackles this issue and through her own life experience, studies, and personal soul searching, has come up with a brilliant, wise, unique way to tackle fleeting happiness and hold onto it more permanently in our life. She lists just three easy steps we can follow in our lives to pursue permanent happiness and achieve peace. She teaches us how to find balance in our lives, so we are better able to navigate the stress and key life situations we encounter that can easily toss our world upside down if we aren’t prepared to navigate them effectively. Dr Iyabo also shows us how to keep our lives are in balance, so we can effectively let go of the stress and worry that arise when life throws us curveballs, bringing us to a more peaceful state which in turn encourages a more permanent and lasting happiness.
I sat down this weekend to put the book to the test and to see if it really had something more to offer and if it was something truly different than what you find in all of the other happiness books out there (many of which I’ve read).
I cozied up on the couch Saturday afternoon figuring I had a few hours, I would give the book a good start. About 4 hours, and tons of personal notes written later, I put the book down. I had finished. This amazing book had touched and inspired me.
I’m so excited to share with you how this inspirational and knowledgeable book elicited such a wonderful and truly powerful inspirational response in me. You see, I had quite the experience reading this book. About halfway through, I had a powerful “ah ha” moment to a question I had been asking myself only a few nights before and SEVERAL times over my life! It felt like a message written just for me, and finally, an answer had come to me that I had been seeking for many years.