|About the Book|
Introduction: Happiness without ApologyMaybe we’re growing up a little bit. We used to focus most of our attention on how to make millions or be skinny and fashionable.Now we as a culture are setting our sights on simply being happy. And most of theMoreIntroduction: Happiness without ApologyMaybe we’re growing up a little bit. We used to focus most of our attention on how to make millions or be skinny and fashionable.Now we as a culture are setting our sights on simply being happy. And most of the time, we’re failing. Or maybe instead of growing up spiritually or as a culture, what’s happened is we’ve really lost touch with the child in each of us who could, years ago, be content to giggle and play and have fun with life.There’s an innocence in that memory of being happy as a small child, and we feel it again when we see happy, laughing, cooing children.There’s an envy in it, too.It’s a place most of us long for. The problem is, we make it much harder than it has to be.We want to be happy, but we don’t know how, and we don’t know how because we’ve been told from childhood exactly how to make someone else happy.Be a good boy and study hard and make your dad proud of you.Be a good girl and help with the chores because you don’t want to see your mommy sad.Happiness has, for most of us, been quietly equated to selfishness, moreso than changing our lives to become wealthier or more physically attractive.We’ve been shamed for being happy, especially with so much sorrow in the world, and so we’ve buried our happiness. It’s time to resurrect what we’ve lost, to bring back happiness without apology. If you enjoy making others happy (or trying to) to the point of losing your own happiness—and some people do find martyrdom very satisfying—then this book isn’t for you.This book is for the person who is unhappy and doesn’t want to be and for the person who isn’t exactly unhappy but knows there’s something missing.Through sharing my own successful journey to happiness, as well as my occasional backsliding, I hope to show you how to reach that place of serenity that’s been within your grasp all along and you didn’t know it.