Summary of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy

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  • Inspiring


Human nature has love at its core. Despite incidents when you have been harmed in your mind or body, you can start over. Luminita D. Saviuc draws on her experiences to suggest that you embrace love, let bygones be bygones and make every new day the first of a new life. getAbstract recommends her overly earnest but fundamentally sound manual to those looking for ways to improve their life.

About the Author

Luminita D. Saviuc created the blog Her book is based on a post she wrote with the same title that drew more than 1.3 million views and shares. She is the former product development lead at Mindvalley, a large online publisher of personal development content.


A Horrifying Experience

Luminita D. Saviuc had a dreadful experience as a child. She confessed to her father that she had stolen some sweets – though she had not done so and was confessing only to shield her siblings. Her father put paper between her toes, doused it with gasoline and set it on fire. She couldn’t walk properly for months.

She decided to recount this incident for one reason: For many years before she revealed what she had endured, people told her that her ideas for helping others wouldn’t work for people who’d suffered a troubled childhood.

She wanted to show that her ideas were effective for her despite her traumatic history. She lived with an alcoholic, abusive father for more than a decade. She never received “love and nourishment” as a child. She had no confidence because she believed “self-worth” came from wealth, which she lacked. She lived in badly maintained, overcrowded orphanages with negligent supervisors. She faced ridicule as a teenager. Saviuc isn’t seeking sympathy. She wants to show that an awful past doesn’t determine your future. She says the past is the first of the 15 things you must give up to be happy.


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    C. T. 2 years ago
    My fav phrase : “Your past doesn’t have to equal your future, unless you want it to.”
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    C. Y. 3 years ago
    Good book. Simple and reslistic. Easy to comprehend and practise. Kudos.
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    N. V. 3 years ago
    A book that I will pass to my children

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