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Leadership trainer John Izzo explains that joy and happiness are natural aspects of every human being. During an eight-month sabbatical spent walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and living in the Andes of Peru, he identified the five elements – which he calls the “five thieves” – that prevent people from being happy. The challenge, he says, is to remove the mental barriers that prevent you from accessing your happiness and living a fulfilling life. In this gem of a self-help book, Izzo skillfully constructs a watertight case that happiness exists inside each person: You don’t have to acquire it – just dust it off and put into effect. getAbstract believes his optimistic, accessible outlook may challenge your thinking and lift up your attitude.

About the Author

Author of The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die and five other books, John Izzo, PhD, has spoken to more than one million people worldwide at conferences and corporate events.

 

Summary

Happiness Is at Hand 

Modern culture seems obsessed with finding the keys to attaining and maintaining happiness. The belief that people must work to acquire happiness makes the problem worse. Most people assume that events in their lives determine their happiness – even though many individuals seem happy despite their hardships while others remain unhappy despite numerous blessings. To achieve true happiness and long-term “contentment,” disconnect your sense of “happiness from happenings.” Happiness can endure regardless of life’s ups and downs. Society conditions people to believe that being happy is hard. But happiness is readily accessible. Being out in nature calms and soothes you because you don’t need to take any particular action to connect with its serenity. Tranquility is available to every person. Eastern practices such as meditation and yoga help you unite with the stillness and spiritual calm that is already within you.

Looking at the world through distorted “thought patterns and internal filters” enables the “five thieves of happiness” – “control, conceit, coveting, consumption” and “comfort’’ – to steal your joy. They render...


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    J. N. 6 months ago
    Great, very educative
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    A. M. 6 months ago
    Very insightful and some great takeaways - beware of comfort !!
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    A. 1 year ago
    Definitely worth the read!
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    A. 1 year ago
    great
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    S. K. 1 year ago
    'Happy' reading!
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    A. 1 year ago
    very interesting theory one might have been practicing parts of it without consciousness. very interesting read and good summary, wish one of the facebook short videos makes it into one short video to share it to the world. the new world of social networking even for knowledge.
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    G. M. 1 year ago
    Good work
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    A. S. 1 year ago
    It is all about awareness. Being aware is the first and foremost necessity to embark on a journey into a more fulfilling and happier life indeed. Whether you call them thiefs or limiting belief or wrong focus, in the end, the important thing is to know your current wrong doing or challenge in order to be able to tackle and correct it. And I can agree with the author, that true happiness can only start from within (the mind) and by recognizing your current state.
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    B. M. 1 year ago
    Wow. So insightful and so true. Love the bland the thought to challenge everything people and social media want us to believe with regard to happiness . Thanks for this review!
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    C. P. 1 year ago
    Ashish, I really like your argument, but still feel that the author has given us a good first direction to a better society although I somehow agree that we as human beings find also happiness in having friends and family so being too egocentric is not the way.

    Saying so, I also believe that you as individual need to have a certain degree of “self happiness” to share it with your environment.
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    A. A. 1 year ago
    "True happiness doesn’t hinge on events or life circumstances. It lies within", I disagree with the author's basic premise of the book. If everyone was to become content with whatever life is dishing at you and/ or become oblivious to our fellow beings' plight, then what kind of society would that be?

    One could argue that the 'thieves of happiness' are not essentially thieves, but your conscience asking you to recognize the problem at hand and do something to make things better, and by showing them the door, one is becoming increasingly inhumane; and that is not the kind of happiness anyone should be striving for/ arrive at.
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    C. P. 1 year ago
    This summary reminded me once again that the Asian society I am currently living in pushes us towards control and coveting in order to improve oneself within a highly competitive environment. I got jealous ^^ about spending 8 months walking the Camino de Santiago and the Andes like the author. Thank you for reminding me about accepting the happenings.
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    K. D. 1 year ago
    New interesting point of views.
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      null 2 weeks ago
      Yes i’m agree??
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      null 2 weeks ago
      Yes i’m agree??
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    S. R. 1 year ago
    Sahay Provides new insights and steers to acceptance and acknowledgement of the situations that we encounter.
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    H. V. 2 years ago
    Its clears a lots of glaring thoughts in me
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    A. H. 2 years ago
    I found this Abstract to be very enlightening and interesting. I liked it so much I shared it during my weekly team meeting. Lots of good stuff in here!
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    V. M. 2 years ago
    Pretty interesting though I expected less but very satisfied that the material exceeded all my expectations thanks for the cognitive life lesson
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    V. M. 2 years ago
    Take responsibility and become a leader
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    O. H. 2 years ago
    Fantastic !
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    J. J. 2 years ago
    cool!
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    J. A. 2 years ago
    Truly inspiring
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    M. D. 2 years ago
    Excellent read
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    A. O. 2 years ago
    Great talk.
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    A. R. 2 years ago
    reminds you of how important happiness is and that in the end, we are in control of it
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    A. 2 years ago
    aweson
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    P. G. 2 years ago
    Good self awareness
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    M. D. 2 years ago
    nice
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    A. L. 2 years ago
    From time to time it is needed to remind yourself to be more happy! Smart abstract to get a first idea ...
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    F. P. 2 years ago
    Love this. I'd say is not necessary do two out of the three steps described to banish the thieves. If you do #1 - Notice, the system takes care of the rest. Simply noticing makes an unhappy thought disappear or change.
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    A. K. 2 years ago
    I enjoyed this.
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    T. N. 2 years ago
    A short, digestible and easy-to-remember snippet about happiness. Some tangible and actionable take-sways too.
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    N. M. 2 years ago
    Enlightening. Opens the mind and makes one more aware of destructive thoughts and feelings.
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    T. M. 2 years ago
    Interesting
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    Q. X. 2 years ago
    Coveting there is not the word
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    Q. X. 2 years ago
    good
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    I. S. 2 years ago
    Trueee
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    M. S. 2 years ago
    Interesting
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    V. B. 2 years ago
    Nice