As I was breaking down this month’s theme, I found myself grasping for every last bit of information that I thought would be beneficial to share with you. I want happiness to be tangible and for that to happen, I need to make sure I am covering everything.
One thing that I fear almost escaped my plan was concentrating on and appreciating other people’s research. Don’t they always say that if you want what another person has, learn what they did to get there? Or better yet, if someone is on the same path as you, haven’t you ever found it beneficial to compare notes? Maybe they thought of something you haven’t, and vice versa!
Therefore, I consider it nothing less than a synchronicity that Hay House asked me to review a book completely related to exactly where I am at right now. “The Field Guide to Happiness” by Linda Leaming is nothing less than extraordinary. She takes the reader on a journey through Bhutan and shows the reader first hand that happiness stems from simplicity.
a field guide to happiness
Linda Leaming is your semi-typical, yet worldly, American woman driven by the hope of finding happiness. After visiting Bhutan, a country universally known for its level of bliss (the country actually measures gross national happiness), she decided to transport her life from Tennessee to Thimpu.
The book is made up of short essays that teach the simple yet complex lessons she has learned and been reminded of from living amongst the Bhutanese people. Each chapter’s title outlines the core message, while the essay’s share personal stories and cultural folk tale to demonstrate what she means. Some of these messages include: Calm Down, Learn to Breathe, Generosity is Contagious, etc.
Prior to reading this book, I saw a few other reviewers comment on how Buddhist based this book was, but I have to say I did not find it to be that way at all. Buddhism is most certainly addressed in this book, as it should be since this is the religion of the Bhutanese people. Regardless of what religion you may or may not associate yourself with, the Buddhist topics covered in this book are messages I think that could benefit any reader to implement into their daily life.
While I don’t think it is necessary for us to completely move our lives to another country to find true happiness, I found this book to be a great and gentle reminder of some of the easy things so many of us have forgotten.
I hope you take the time to explore the messages this book has to offer, and invest the time to find other book’s written by happiness warriors! Remember, some great lessons can be learned from following in the footsteps of other people who are where you want to be… maybe not geographically (but trust me, after this book you may want to be in Bhutan) but in mind set.
Peace and love!
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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