The Five Thieves of Happiness

The Five Thieves of Happiness

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Stop Seeking Happiness; Just Get Out of Its Way!

Happiness is our natural state, for each of us and for humanity as a whole, argues John Izzo. But that happiness is being stolen by insidious mental patterns that he depicts as thieves: the thief of control, the thief of conceit, the thief of coveting, the thief of consumption, and the thief of comfort. He discovered these thieves as he sought the true source of happiness during a year-long sabbatical, walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and living in the Andes of Peru. This thoughtful and inspiring book describes the disguises these thieves wear, the tools they use to break into our hearts, and how to lock them out once and for all. Izzo shows how these same thieves of personal happiness are destroying society as well. This book will help us all discover, develop, and defend the happiness that is our true nature while creating a world we all want to live in.
Publisher: Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781626569324
Branch Call Number: 158.1 IZZ
Characteristics: xiv, 140 pages.


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Apr 28, 2017

The five thieves of happiness are control, conceit, coveting, consumption and comfort (get off of the couch and live your life). Happiness is our natural state and the five thieves try to gain control, bringing us pain and sadness instead. This book is very current, as it shows how living in today's society is harmful to our well-being. The author uses very appropriate examples to prove his points.

Apr 21, 2017

The book is good and could lead you to a productive reflection on what could spoil your happiness. I liked in particular the inclusion of happiness thieves for the society as a whole. The author here, could have been bolder and avoid being "politically correct". This is the major drawback of this book. The forward part, at a certain point was about to make me abort reading the whole book. I believe it will be much better without it!

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