A Unified Theory of Happiness
- Product Review (submitted on July 15, 2016):
When I received my preordered book of "A Unified Theory of Happiness," I could not put it down. I learned so much while enjoying a very pleasurable style of writing. The book is obviously very well researched, based on science and grounded in real experience, both of which makes me feel taken seriously. No gimmicks. Complex issues, facts, and theories are explained in a way that aren't over anybody's head and makes one even more curious about the subject. This book is a wonderful contribution to the deep longing I have in my life, namely how to find a deep connection with life without disregarding the necessity to function in this life.
Particularly I like that this book allows me to be who I am as a spiritual person, abstaining from telling me to go in a particular religious direction. I don't feel I have to believe in the Buddha, Hindi gods, energies, or a Judea-Christian God. The spiritual value lies in opening up to existence, to life, and all living beings. The principles of love, connection, compassion, receptive awareness trump everything in our happiness. I really believe that and feel strengthened in that belief now.
Lastly, I want to share that I really appreciated that the author has included so many exercises after each chapter, making the wisdom of the West and East more accessible. It is fun to fill out the happiness quiz which pointed me to areas in my life I would have not looked at.
Excellent book -- will read it many times in my life!