To stay fit and full of vitality you must have the motivation and discipline to exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet to ensure your body gets proper nutrition. These are important in ensuring you live a long and healthy life. But it is happiness itself that truly makes life worth living.
Happiness and contentment comes by changing one’s outlook and developing the correct mindset. Of course this change doesn’t happen overnight, but takes time and effort. Life can be taxing at times and the people around you infuriating. When handled incorrectly anger and stress can become overwhelming.
It is only through peaceful, thoughtful, mindful and meaningful action that we can ever truly free ourselves from the shackles the hold us down, allowing us to soar to greater heights and finally realize our true potential.
Life just happens, we can get in the way and try to manipulate it to suit our every whim or we can learn to understand that life is going to happen anyway it wants to and that what ever it may bring us, we can enjoy it. (And yes, for all you fans of infinite possibilities we can create some things we want, however we have to ask ourselves, what or who are we sacrificing to achieve those things but that is a topic for a future article) more »
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a textbook on stress management?
Well there is.
Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Wellbeing isn’t just recommended reading, it’s required reading for thousands of students studying to work in various fields from the psychology, psychiatry and mental health sector to those working in the health and wellness industry.
The book is well researched and covers quite a lot of ground, the various causes of stress, the different types of stress and, of course, how to handle them. It is, quite literally, THE textbook on stress and stress management.
This one of the most important books of the Twentieth Century for various reasons. Firstly, its contribution to the fields of psychiatry and psychology, not to mention philosophy, have been immense.
All the more remarkable, however, are the circumstances as to how the book came about and the story of Frankl himself, which is, in itself, highly inspirational.
Frankl was a Holocaust survivor and a first-hand eye-witness to the evils of Nazism. Imprisoned in concentration camps, including the notorious camp at Auschwitz, the experience, harrowing thought it was, was instrumental in the formulation of his theories.
These theories were nothing short of revolutionary and in stark contrast to those of the psychiatric community at the time. Freud had claimed that man’s primary driving force was sex, and that this drive permeated every action or task he performed. His nephew, Edward Bernays, took that idea even further, claiming that men were wild, irrational creatures with dangerous urges that needed to be controlled at all costs. Bernays is best known as the father of advertising and public relations. And his solution to keeping mankind docile was to pander to their wild urges by selling them life-affirming products.
Frankl, on the other hand, stated that what truly motivates mankind is not sex or uncontrollable animal instincts, but the search for meaning in their lives. What gives this book such nobility and poignancy is how Frankl juxtaposes that search for meaning against the background of meaningless slaughter. By drawing our attention to this apparent paradox, Frankl manages to make his case all the more compelling. After all, when faced with such horror and atrocities on a daily basis, what could possibly weigh heavier on a man’s mind than the simple question, why?
But what if you want advice on simply being happy?
Well that’s an easy one – you talk to the Dali Lama.
Ok, so maybe he’s not the easiest guy to get an appointment with, sure he’s an easy-going guy, but a very busy one at that. So, if you can’t actually sit down with the Dali Lama and have a chat, this is the next best thing.
The book is basically a series of questions posed by psychiatrist Howard Cutler to the Dali Lama himself – surely the most potent example of East meets West if ever there was one. Cutler, who asks the questions, is representative of the west and western ideals such as the principals of scientific method, as compared with the Dali Lama’s more mystical and theistic worldview.
The Art of Happiness is, first and foremost, an excellent introduction to Buddhist teachings as well as the personal philosophies of the Dali Lama himself, surely one of the most intriguing and endearing personalities of our age.
The true brilliance of this book, however, is how it manages to turn philosophy into practicality. Which is why it managed to blow the minds of even the most cynically-minded critics. It starts of somewhat simple, but gains momentum with each page. What results is an incredible blueprint for living, a reference guide to dealing with every form of suffering or negativity, from jealousy and greed, to fear, anxiety, depression or grief over the loss of a loved one.
In addition to advice on dealing with pain and stress, the Dali Lama also has plenty of advice and guidance on everyday living and how we can become better people each day. Whilst those of us seeking some answers to some of the deeper questions of existence – such as why are we here? Why do we suffer? What’s it all mean? – will also have plenty of things to think about, and talk about, after reading this brilliant book.
Based on the best-selling book Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, this movie adaptation stars Nick Nolte as Socrates, the late-night gas station attendant slash philosopher.
It is a semi-autobiographic story, based on elements of author Dan Millman’s life. In the movie, as in the book, a chance encounter between Dan and Socrates begins Dan’s journey of discovery as he learns from Socrates the true power and potential of the human mind.
Like the book it’s based on the movie is gripping, entertaining and inspiring. Of the movie, motivational icon, author and public speaker Tony Robbins was quoted as saying, “see this film and it will impact the course of your life forever.”