The purpose of this blog is to pursue happiness together. My aim is to share my thoughts, thoughts which i have accumulated through the experience of highs and lows in my own life, and thoughts from famous philosophers, thinkers, and humanity at large. My hope is that we can begin a dialogue, and that through discussion of what happiness is, and how we find it, that we can learn to be happy together and to help make the world a better place.

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Hello all! Thanks for reading my blog. I began this page as a passion project and creative outlet because I believe that happiness is the ultimate goal. My hope is that people will read this and through my words develop a better understanding of what happiness is, and how it can be created - making a better world for all.

My Favorite Books



 

 The following is a list of books I have referenced in my blog, or which I believe will help you on your journey towards finding happiness.

Philosophy and Religion

This book single handedly helped pick me out of my depression when I was in my early twenties by teaching me above all that happiness was a choice, not a reaction. 

What I love about this book is the deep bond of friendship between Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. That and the fact that though they represent different religions, they recognize the universal goal of humanity that is happiness, and appreciate the value of kindness and compassion.

This book was my introduction into Stoicism, one of my favorite branches of philosophy. Holiday breaks down the ideas of Stoicism's greatest thinkers, and delivers them in 366 (one for each day) distillable, easy to understand lessons. I read this book nearly every day and every time I finish it, I return to page one and begin again. 

Psychology and Self-Improvement

This book is useful for anyone who wants to achieve any sort of success in everything. One of the most important points it makes is that many times, the people who are successful at something aren't necessarily the most talented, they simply work harder - a habit. Atomic Habits shows you how small progress over time will get you where you want to be. 

This book is about accepting the fact that all human being wish to be seen, to be appreciated, and that in order to do so we must be wiling to be authentic and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. Vulnerability involves opening ourselves up to the possibility of being hurt. It is scary, but it is critical if we are to have meaningful and powerful relationships. 

Recommended by my therapist, this book was helpful at helping me recognize my issues with codependence, explain to me where it comes from, and how it affects my life today. It also lays out a plan for dealing with and overcoming the issue. 

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist. He was also a survivor of the holocaust. Using his unique skills and insight to the human bind, combined with his personal experience and observations of the greatest atrocity in human history, Frankl writes about the mental strength of those who were able to endure. He talks about the need for mental fortitude, the embracing of suffering, and the power of love as critical to surviving such an ordeal. 

Dr. Gazipura's book is about loving yourself. So many of us find it easy to love others but struggle when it comes to loving yourself. Dr. Gazipura explains how we can understand and overcome our inner critic, and live a more happy and bold life

Anthony De Mello, a Jesuit priest teaches us that we have been tricked into believing that we need some sort of attachment, some thing, or idea in order to be happy. He cautions against placing your sense of love in externalities and urges us to realize that to be truly happy and in love is to love ourselves.  

Inspiring and Lovable Fiction

   One of the greatest adventure stories ever told, this work of fiction follows Santiago, a young shepherd from Spain, as he embarks on an epic journey across the African continent in search of a mysterious treasure and his personal legend. A great story on how to search for happiness

2 comments:

  1. I love your collection of favourite books. I've read quite a few of them. Will check out The Way to Love. Have you read The Untethered Soul? It's one of my favourites.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! The Way to Love is Excellent. It profoundly changed the way I view externalities in my life. At first I struggled with the message, believing it was a bit depressing, but then I realized the beauty in it. Again, it isn't telling us not to love, only to love ourselves first, and to let our love for others spring forth from there.
      Haven't read Untethered Soul but I will add it to the list! Thanks for the suggestion.

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