About this Book
The search for happiness is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. But how do you achieve it?
Through inspirational storytelling, scientific evidence, practical advice, captivating exercises, and poetry, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild present a powerful message that shows you how to achieve happiness no matter the challenges and stumbling blocks you face along the way. They also reveal the best way to be happy: Discover and live your life’s purpose. It’s a sure path to human flourishing. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that living with purpose can even add years to your life.
Do you know your life’s purpose? This book offers a path to discovering it by illuminating the value of gratitude, forgiveness, meditation, music, friendship and so much more. It will set you on the right path and spark sustained happiness, joy and bliss.
“Every life has its trials and tribulations. Yet you’ll find each challenge and opportunity is a touchstone to higher consciousness and leads you closer to a life of love, compassion, joy, equanimity, and self-realization. This majestic book has much wisdom to savor and practical steps to help you navigate life’s many forks. I promise it will delight!”
“Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild have gracefully woven the wisdom of generations and recent scientific research into a delightfully practical understanding of how each of us can achieve happiness. And, importantly, how we can share it with others--family, friends (and foes) and a world in need of joy and healing. Keep a note pad handy as you read. You will definitely find yourself saying ‘Wow, I can do that!’ And, smiling to yourself.”
—AMBASSADOR RICHARD CELESTE
“This delightful book will instruct and entertain. I loved the rich literary references, the pithy aphorisms, and most of all the simple but priceless message contained within. I can’t think of anyone who would not find this useful; for many a reader it will be life- changing. I will be giving out The Two Most Important Days this holiday season.”
—ABRAHAM VERGHESE, AUTHOR OF CUTTING FOR STONE
OUR TRUE HERITAGE
By Thich Nhat Hanh
The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.
It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look
of your beloved.
You, the richest person on Earth,
who have been going around begging for a living,
stop being the destitute child.
Come back and claim your heritage.
We should enjoy our happiness
and offer it to everyone.
Cherish this very moment.
Let go of the stream of distress
and embrace life fully in your arms.