Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Happiness Perspective by Diane Wing to facilitate this review on Kay's Adaptable Adventures. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service as your results may vary.
Author: Diane Wing
Page Count: 132 pages
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Release Date: November 2016
Happiness is not just another emotion and state of being that most individuals find unachievable in this day and age of violence, illness, constant go-go-go and stressors, but a conscious and subconscious choice people can and do achieve as hard as that is to believe. Throughout The Happiness Perspective, Diane Wing (author of Thorne Manor & Other Bizarre Tales, Trips to the Edge: Tales of the Unexpected, and The True Nature of Energy) beautifully outlines just how people can realistically achieve this tranquil state of being by compiling different ways to help you transform your daily thought processes, patterns, habits, and behaviors so you can experience greater happiness and peace of mind in this crazy world.
Not many people know this about me since it was well before my days of blogging and social media but when I was 17 years old, just 3 years after I fell chronically ill, I became so increasingly depressed that I had to be institutionalized for several weeks because I had become suicidal. Ever since then it has been an ongoing battle with sadness, depression, and 'suicidal ideations' as the therapists liked to put it.
Since then I have at least 1 to 2 major depressive bouts per year which doesn't include the occasional normal sad few days here and there or the food-induced depression I get when I eat or take something I'm sensitive to.
Don't get me wrong, I'm normally a very positive, peaceful, and happy person but I've come to realize that with chronic illness some sort of depression or sadness is realistically normal, especially after years of going through the ups and downs of being sick and dealing with the system.
But how do some chronic or terminally ill people remain depressed and sometimes take their own lives where as others, in the same set of circumstances, thrive despite all the things that are happening around them? Throughout the years I've had many people, chronically ill and non-chronically ill alike, ask me how I do it; how do I stay so positive when it seems like things are constantly going wrong left and right. I've tried to convey my thoughts and feelings into words on numerous occasions but I could never adequately describe how I do it. I just....do.
That is, until I read this book. Actually, not even that. Until I read the first chapter of this book, which pretty much sums up everything I couldn't put into words whenever anybody asked me how I remain so positive through adversity. Reading line after line I found myself shaking my head in agreement with Diane and feeling a sense of joy at my thoughts finally being put into words!
Not only that but the book goes quite further in depth throughout the chapters and helps work on finding joy and happiness through looking at numerous internal factors (I.E. desire, anxiety, self-trust), external factors (I.E. detachment, forgiveness, drama), and eternal factors (on relaxation, on power, on spirituality). Throughout the book there are little exercises you can do in real time to help you put into practice what you're reading.
Even though I had already been subconsciously putting a lot of these things into practice it was definitely a wonderful read and a very fantastic reference tool when I needed a little extra bit of help. Seriously, next time someone asks me how I stay so positive in my day to day life, I'm pointing them in this book's direction!
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