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Anne Stuart wrote an article with cooperation from Dr. Brunilda Nazario on happiness for WebMD.com titled “Why You’re Not Happy.”
Here’s the simple-6 part treatment for the cure:
- Simplify (pare down)
- Slow Down (pause)
- Let Go! (mindful meditation)
- Feel the Real (feel emotions, express feelings)
- Stay Hopeful
- Connect with Others
Sounds simple enough but we know real life can be messy, hard to navigate and not easy to overcome. Most of our resistance to finding a cure to our ailment is because we often feel like our issues are more complicated than can be cured with simple answers.
That’s our problem. In the modern, technology-driven world, we complicate things. When in reality, life is simple: breathe, eat, sleep, excrete. Everything else is gravy or heartache or inessential however you want to describe it.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh in her tome about life (Gift from the Sea) wrote much about the six principles of happiness that Ms. Stuart writes as her “medical” cure for unhappiness. Interesting enough, these principles also unfold in my book, Life in Harmony.
The main characters, Kate and Michael, are facing complicated modern problems: infertility, in vitro fertilization, bankruptcy, cancer and modern jobs (data collection and advertising). Life for them is involved and overwhelming as the book opens. They are at a crossroads in their lives. And what does it take for them to find their way back to their happiness?
The “prescribed” dose of simplicity, slowing down, letting go, real feelings, hope and connecting with others helps guide Kate and Michael to hopeful resolutions. Pairing and slowing down are the start to curing what ails them. The rest unfolds as the book goes along. Life is a journey and finding the cure for a happy life is simple if you let it be.
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