Two Free E-Books

My two e-books are now free for download in any format. All you need to do is open a Smashwords account. If you want to wait, they will available from the iStore in a few weeks — also free. Also, they will at some point be available for download from libraries. Smashwords works really well, so for now that is where I suggest you go.

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Be Happier in One Hour

 

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Finding Your Power to Be Happy

 

Number 7: Find Happiness in What You Do

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Humans do things. This is an obvious observation, but an important one. We never just sit idle — even when it appears we are doing nothing. We breathe, think, move around, look at things, listen to things, work, play, talk, etc. We are always doing something. The challenge is to find happiness in what you do, no matter what it is.

The challenge is to find happiness in what you do, no matter what it is.

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Number 5: Find Happiness Through Meditation

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Photo(c)syda productions/DollarPhoto.com

Happiness does not exist in the past and it does not exist in the future. It exists right now. To be happy, you have to be here now to experience it. If your attention is on what happened to you in the past, or what may happen in the future, you will not be in the present – and happiness will elude you. Regular meditation is the most powerful tool we have for keeping attention in the “now.”

Regular meditation is the most powerful tool we have for keeping attention in the “now.”

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Number 4: Choose Happiness as if Your Life Depends on It

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Photo(c)pathdoc/DollarPhoto.com

To be happy, you have to choose to be happy, regardless of your life situation. You need to choose happiness as if your life depends on it because, in reality, it does. If your ability to live a more successful, longer and healthier life depends on being happy, then you always need to choose it. Even if your life is not what you want it to be, and it seems irrational to do so, you still have to choose happiness. Continue reading

Number 3: Don’t Let Pleasure Obscure Happiness

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Photo: © Iulianvalentin / Dollar Photo Club

Everyone seems to be in a 24/7 rush for pleasure and distraction. What people really want is to be happy, but they seem to spend most of their time seeking sense pleasures. Perhaps they believe that pleasure leads to happiness. Or, maybe they have all given up on happiness and figure that they might at least find pleasure while they can. The problem is, the headlong race for pleasure can obscure real happiness. If you can just let go of your cravings for pleasurable experiences, you can be happier right now. Continue reading

Number 2: Let Go of Your Rules for Happiness

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Photo: © Fuzzbones / Dollar Photo Cl

If a person wins the lottery that person will be happy. The mere idea of winning is enough to make someone happy. The lottery itself does not create this happiness. Instead, the idea of it triggers the chemical reactions in the mind-body that we know as the feelings of happiness. We humans have the power to experience spontaneous happiness — all we need is a trigger. But, why do we need a trigger? Why can’t we just be happy all of the time? The answer is, the mind-body seems to be set up so that you can only be happy when its rules for happiness are met. However, it is possible to ignore these rules. You can let them go, and just be happy. Continue reading

Number 14: Find Compassion Through Nonattachment

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To find true happiness you have to learn compassion for others. In his 1996 lecture, Compassion: The Basis for Human Happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “As long as we are human beings, and members of human society, we need human compassion. Without that, you cannot be happy.” To be compassionate you have to stop focusing on your own problems, and allow yourself to shift your focus towards others. Continue reading