As I browse a book on Amazon, something caught my eye and lit my interest as I read through the book summary which, I can say, really compelled me to purchase it. It’s the book “Finding Our Happiness Flow” written by Dr. Robert Puff, Ph. D, a clinical psychologist, life coach, and international speaker who is an expert in counselling people and organizations for twenty five years.
Now, I started to wonder, what is true happiness? With all the pressures and demands of life and society, can a person be truly happy? Am I happy? These are just some of the questions I asked myself as I progress with the book.
What I love about the first chapter is the story of God and Jim, the person who keeps on praying to God about everything. Then God appeared to him and asked him for his last wish, anything he wants. The God taught him what he needs. Well, the core value of the story is that contentment is happiness. When one learns to be satisfied with everything he has, he will definitely become happy.
Appreciation and Determination
Dr. Robert Puff mentioned in the book that labeling things will keep us from achieving true happiness. In his book, he recommends that we take slow, long walks, listen to the nature, and see things without having to over-analyze but just by looking at them as fresh and new. In that way, we will surely enjoy the journey and see the world as a happy and beautiful place to live in.
Moreover, in the book, the author emphasized that in order to be truly happy, one needs to be earnest not only in achieving our goals like fame, money or success, but to be happy, itself. One can be successful without being happy. We need to be flexible and accept that life can change.
Living Life to the Fullest
Dr. Robert Puff mentioned in a chapter what we can learn with his kindergartener, one of the few who won a bronze medal. Despite the fact that many of her age won gold medals, the child appreciated what she gained and didn’t envy what other children got. That is the main point of the story, we should never compare ourselves with other people. We should not pressure ourselves too much in order to obtain something just because others did. When we compare ourselves with others, we increase our chance of leading a miserable life.
The book can teach us to appreciate what we have, focus on the things we love to do and live life to the fullest. We should be open to the possibility that we may fail, but that’s what life educates us, to win and sometimes, to fail, in order to teach us something and make us stronger.
The mass media has a huge influence in our lives. Whatever we see on the television or what we read on the different platforms can brainwash the community, especially if it is about wealth and power. The book then recommends that before doing anything like dieting, watching cynical TV shows, or anything that changes our lifestyle, we need to ask ourselves if those things are good for us. Do they make us happy and healthy holistically? Answering these questions will guide us into a greater good which will further lead us into happiness.
There are a lot more concepts in the book which are no doubt substantial and something that we should think about in order to attain the happiness we deserve. I, myself, find this book enriching and inspirational. It’s amazing to know that small things can really mean a lot and can also make you happy even in the simplest way. The book is full of true and uplifting stories which are cited in a conversational style.
If you still want to know more about the book, you can go to Amazon.com and search for the book “Finding Our Happiness Flow” by Dr. Robert Puff. Start to discover yourself more and be determined and sure of what and how you can make yourself happy.
Yola Angeline Alonzo-Dayrit is a Registered Nurse, a freelance contractor and a health and psychology writer. She loves to read inspirational books, write reviews about them, and help other people towards meeting their goals.