What is happiness, and what is it founded on? Can a person achieve it by conscious work to successfully implement personal goals? Does it depend on fortune, the favorable confluence of circumstances or blind luck?
The author of this book, a self-taught student of human behavior for many years, invites you to embark on a fascinating journey. Its aim is to discover what the concept of happiness means to you. Reflecting on the concept of happiness in different eras and the rules governing individual perceptions of this idea will help you answer this question. We will explore the difference between happiness and success and ways to overcome obstacles that may arise on the path to experiencing lasting satisfaction. You will gain an awareness of the importance of harmony between different spheres of life (personal, family and professional). Along the way we will read numerous biographies of famous people, descriptions of situations and behaviors observed by the author, as well as references to his own experiences. The book also includes inspirational quotes and exercises to deepen your understanding. The overarching message is a positive one: happiness is not a miracle. Regardless of age and other factors, for as long as we live, we have the ability to improve its quality.
Benefits for the reader include: understanding different definitions of happiness; assistance in formulating a personal definition of happiness; greater understanding of the rules governing individual perceptions of happiness and the difference between happiness and success; awareness that obstacles exist on the road to happiness, as well as conviction that they can be overcome; understanding the impact of personal development on traumatic experiences; knowledge for dealing with negative feelings, such as anger or fear of failure; understanding the importance of harmony between the personal (including spiritual), family and professional spheres and the interdependence between happiness and decision-making, both privately and professionally.
Part I: How to Develop Your Potential
Part 1 is designed to make readers aware of their potential, understood as a range of capabilities, strengths and creative abilities. The premise is the claim that every human being has potential that is blocked by false beliefs. Understanding the essence of this blockade will help you remove it. This can be accomplished through consistent action towards personality development. The basis for this process includes defining the concept of happiness, recognizing one's abilities and the characteristics of one's personality, strengthening self-esteem and defining the overarching values that allow a person to achieve a satisfying life.
•exercises (in the sections: Food for Thought) 8
•summary of the key ideas in each section: Remember: 8
•glossary: 26 entries
•biographical notes on the individuals mentioned in the publication: 27
•index of persons and concepts
•sources and inspirations: 211