Books have been a source of escapism into a reality of fictional concepts, characters and the light streaming from the creative minds of writers. For many of us they have been a source of inspiration and joy as we witnessed the fates of our favorite characters, cried with them, laughed with them and had so many wonderful moments. There is hardly any point in giving examples, as these are some very personal views that only you can appreciate. Your favorite characters have an undeniable influence on who you are today. We are creatures born to emulate traits born from those around us and in many cases fictional characters are no exception. Those are only part of what makes books so wonderful and unique however.
There are plenty of inspirational reads written by some truly amazing individuals from all across the world. You will gain an amazing insight into the lives of others, their experiences being able to bring a smile to your face. Let us give an example of a few of those, whose life journeys can truly be called impressive. These people have found ways to be happy while also serving as an example and guides to those who seek happiness themselves.
We can begin with “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama. Having suffered banishment from the bright city of Lhasa, His Holiness has found a reason to go on living away from the heart of his people. In his book he does his best to give advise on how we can defeat depression, anger, anxiety and other emotions and their sources that bring us to a state of stress and unhappiness. Even if you are not religious or you adhere strictly to a certain religion, Dalai Lama's book has an undeniable air of common sense about it.
Dr. Seuss and his children's books may seem like something a serious, grown-up man or a woman shouldn't be reading anymore, though that may be a mistake when you think about it. When we were children the world was simpler, we found reasons to giggle at the smallest of things as our lives went on. If you want to find happiness you need to trust your inner child, to let go of the persona you have built inside your head for years, telling yourself you need to be serious, professional and unshakeable. Once in a while you need to let go and forget, to become a child once more so you can marvel at the world and giggle like you once did. Go wild, be a prankster, be easily amused and let go of it all.
Benjamin Hoff's “The Tao of Pooh” offers such an interesting mix of Alan Milne's classic characters and what Taoist philosophy is all about. Tao Te Ching is a philosophy of acceptance, of balance and of knowledge. It follows the idea that everything in the world has its place, that one follows his own path. As a philosophy it carries much common sense in the interactions with the world, teaching us how to find happiness by not fighting the tides of life, instead focusing our gaze inward, toward knowing ourselves. Only in that knowledge do we find the inner strength to find happiness, doing what makes us happy while navigating away from that which stresses us out.
Bio: Amber Collins is a professional freelance writer and dedicated Feng Shui practicioner. Her story of pursuing her own happiness and making important decisions will inspire you. Her present article is dedicated on finding personal happiness through the books and how amazingly helpful and effortless that is.
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