I did not like this book as much as his previous books. A short, quick read.
On page 13, he unveils his formula for happiness:
Happiness= Set Point + Conditions of Living + Voluntary Activities. We all have a certain set point, which is how naturally happy you are. Unhappy people seem to interpret situations as problems, while happy people see the very same situations as opportunities. He says researchers have found that around 40% of our happiness relates to this set point.
One of the goals is to be at peace, be nonviolent, awake and aware, fearless, without conflict and illusions, resilient and independent (free of outside influences). That's a tall order that practicing these 7 keys to joy and enlightenment are supposed to bring about in your life.
When you are happy, you are more likely to make choices that bring you success, wealth, good health and nurturing relationships.
Each chapter focuses on one key:
1. Be aware of your body
2. find true self-esteem
3. detoxify your life
4. give up being right
5. focus on the present
6. see the world in yourself
7. live for enlightenment
Good stuff to remember and think about when you are having a bad day, week or life!