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Happiness Secret: Choosing to See the Wonders of Life

Life expresses itself in so many wonderful ways – you only have to choose to see this.

This is a truly profound insight, which can make a great difference in your life.

In my new book, "Be True, Be Happy: Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful Life," I reveal various secrets for finding happiness. One of the foremost is that you can simply choose to be happy. The statement above expresses that same truth.

Happiness Secret: The Price Of Your Life

One of the biggest issues that often keeps us from being happy is money, or rather, the lack of it. We often believe that "money equals happiness." But is that really so? In my new book, "Be True, Be Happy: Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful Life," I take a critical look at this issue and the findings may surprise you.

Happiness Secret: The Real Key to Happiness

My newest book is based on the very simple idea that if you find what makes you intrinsically joyful and then learn to align your life toward it, you will be happy. Thus the title "Be True, Be Happy: Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful Life." Happiness can be right there if you only allow it to be and cultivate the right things and actions in your life. To help with this, I present various little "Happiness Secrets" in the book. One such secret is to know "The Key to Happiness."

Happiness Secret: Do not take the little things in life for granted

Sometimes we chase after certain things and think that they will make us happy. In my new book "Be True, Be Happy: Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful life", I present various simple secrets for happiness, and one such secret is that we already have a lot of "little things" in our lives that can make us happy -- if only we choose to see them. Unfortunately, we all too often forget this and take them instead for granted. But isn't it a good day if you have health, food and shelter?

Announcing My New Book: Be True, Be Happy –- Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful Life

It’s my great pleasure to announce "Be True, Be Happy: Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful Life," my new book to be released in September 2010.

And just as the title says, in it I present various simple-to-follow secrets for happiness. The basic idea is that you will be happier if you align your life toward those things that empower you and make you happy intrinsically. The book shows you ways to do this.

You are a superhero of life

You are a superhero. Yes, it’s true – and you don’t have to wear a cape or a mask to be one. You already are, just by being you. For once upon a time, you took the plunge into life. At the moment of your conception there were a thousand other potential versions of you vying for this life, that is, a thousand male seeds trying to merge with that one female ovum. Each other combination would have produced a different biological “you.” But only YOU made it.

Only you, uniquely you, took the plunge into life. That’s the jump of a hero. You already are a life hero!

Seeing Miracles All Around You

What really is a miracle? If miracles were more common, would we still call them miracles? As I explain in “The Steps of Essence,” the words miracle and mirage are related and they imply feeling a sense of wonder.

So ask yourself: what instills a real sense of wonderment in you?

Is it something grand like Jesus walking on water?

Or how about a woman with an injured spinal cord who was told by the doctors that she would never walk again, and yet does. Is that a miracle?

What about our ability to feel love?

How to Deal Better with Failure and Disappointment

We all fail from time to time—-that is only human. The question is, how do you handle these failures? In the worst case, a single failure can be so devastating that a whole life becomes woven around it. Then it is no longer "I failed at such and such" but "my whole life is a failure" or even "I am a failure!" A related case if is somebody else has failed you and you cannot get over this. In either case, you may feel a deep disappointment or maybe even depression. But it does not have to be like that – in fact, the whole notion of failure is incorrect. Let’s see why.

Humility is to be human

In The Steps of Essence I encourage people to dream big and to be great. In fact, I believe we all are great beings already--just by being born and being unique. But greatness is not enough; instead it is very much about how you are being great about your life: you can either brag about your greatness, or be humble about it. Each way will make a great difference to your own life and the lives of others.

Would an iPad make you happy?

Is the iPad going to make you happy? This certainly must be what all the die-hard fans believe who waited so faithfully in line overnight when the little gizmo was first released. But they may be deceiving themselves.

We all do it to from time to time—we run out and buy a new thing, thinking it will make us happy. For some, this may be the iPad, for others the newest release of Windows, or maybe a new dress, a new car.

And for some time, it does make us happy. Here is this new toy, a new sensation, which brings a level of excitement and freshness into our otherwise gray lives.