2 out of 4 stars
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Happiness Is All We Want! is a self-help book written by Ashutosh Mishra. Our lives are so busy and hectic nowadays that we barely get to spend time on ourselves and our happiness. If we have a goal and we reach the goal, we will be happy but only till we make another goal and reach that and the cycle continues. We may look for happiness in material things but it is not true happiness and it does not last long. In this busy life, we need to attain a long-lasting state of happiness. We must have a balance in mind, body and soul. However, we must first understand what true happiness is. The author, after a brief introduction to the book, focuses on the mind, body and soul individually.
The book is divided into three parts: Mental Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Spiritual Wellbeing. The author first explains the wellbeing and its importance. The author relates it to daily life and helps us understand why that specific wellbeing is essential to us not just now but also in the long run. He then helps you attain that wellbeing with practical tips and Smart Well-being Capsules (SWC).
The author has used monkey as a metaphor for our mind. He tells us how the mind works and how it controls the activities and choices we make. He helps us control our mind and make its energy have positive effects thereby attaining Mental Wellbeing. Donkey has been used as a metaphor for our body. The donkey loves luxury and comfort but it must be turned into a race-horse. The author tells us about food, nutrition, food habits, exercises and lifestyle changes to achieve Physical Wellbeing. Spiritual Wellbeing talks about the soul, meditation, yoga and other topics.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. The book is full of Wakeup Stories, Happiness Moments, Tech Traps, Smart Well-being Capsules (SWC), Practical Tips at every corner. Some of them were from the author’s personal experience. Things to ponder and things to do could be found at the end of chapters which was a homework of sorts. That was my favourite part. However, the sentences could’ve been shorter. I usually like self-help books but I found this book hard to read.
In this modern life, our life is repetitive. We follow the same routine, day after day. We are doing nothing to nourish our mind, body and soul. The modern life is leading to lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. We must take care of ourselves by having control over our health and wellbeing. This book is for anyone who wants to be happier by doing small things in daily life.
Happiness is All We Want!
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