Why squander our life - the only one we have - in a permanent state of want and anxiety when we can live a life of abundance and bliss?
Why make our happiness depend on externalities when the only truly lasting happiness is inside each one of us?
Why sacrifice the happiness we could be enjoying today on the altar of a vague promise of future bliss when we already have everything we need to be happy in the present?
In this work, the author shows us how to overcome the two main obstacles to happiness: attachment and anxiety. Readers will see that detachment and the ability to stop worrying are neither gifts of the chosen, nor inborn talents reserved for a few, but skills that can be learned at any moment in life, regardless of our situation.
In the first part, we'll focus on attachment to objects and people. We'll see how attachment inevitably leads to fear, and that fear is incompatible with happiness. We'll examine the role of craving and desire, of want and satisfaction, of control and freedom, of possessions and love - and we'll see that precious little is needed to live a happy life.
In the second part, we'll delve into what is probably the main cause of unhappiness: anxiety. We'll see that most of the worry that taints our happiness is unjustified because it stems from adversities that only exist in our mind. To understand this reasoning, we'll analyze how we create all our expectations and fears in the present, how we project them into a future that is no less a product of our own imagination, and how we then await with apprehension the arrival of that future in which we have placed our hopes and misgivings.
Happiness is not an unattainable dream, not even a future goal we're doomed to pursue forever in vain, but a natural, innate gift we've all been endowed with. We have now, and always have had, all the happiness we'll ever have, but we don't allow it to bloom in our lives because we've unconsciously buried it under an ever-thickening layer of impediments that prevent it from manifesting every day of our life.
This book is here to help you find your happiness, but to do so it has to challenge many of the received ideas and dogmas that for centuries have condemned humanity to unhappiness. Please read it with an open mind, and consider with fairness whether the ideas contained herein make any sense for you. When doing so, be honest with yourself and don't let other people's opinions influence your conclusions. Remember that ultimately you are your only judge, and that on your deathbed the opinions other people may have about you will not change the verdict of your conscience about how you lived your own life.
Your happiness is in your own hands, and nowhere else, for only you can make it real. Let this book help you drop the ballast of your worries, and glide smoothly through life. The solution is inside: discover it and let the magic happen!
Don't wait until it's too late: it's now or never!
ALBERTO VEZENDI, author. A rolling stone gathers no moss. In 1979, at the age of six, Alberto Vezendi was uprooted from the Great Hungarian Plain and planted in Spain, amidst the wonderful beaches and sharp peaks of Asturias. However, instead of roots he grew wings, spread them wide and spent his summers travelling around Europe, mostly on his own, until he finally soared away from the nest. He left Spain in 1998 after graduating from university with a BA in English philology and a master's degree in conference interpretation, and settled in Paris. There he started a career as a conference interpreter that would take him to more than thirty countries around the world. For the next fifteen years his life was divided between France, Belgium, Hungary and Spain, until in 2013 he landed on the serene shores of Lake Geneva, where he still lives today. In 2018, after twenty years of being somebody else's voice, he decided to be his own and embarked on a new journey as a writer. This book is one step on that journey. ALICIA VARELA, illustrations, cover & book design. Graduated in Fine Arts (University of Salamanca, Spain). I studied my last year, with an Erasmus Scholarship, at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Bourges (France). I loved it so much that I decided to stay one more year in France, now in Paris. When I came back to Spain, I started to work as a graphic designer, first in Madrid and later in Valencia. As time went by, I began to bring my work more and more over the field of illustration. Nowadays, I live and work as an illustrator in Gijon (Spain), the city where I was born.