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We all want to be happy. We search it like a fine wine. And yet very few of us find it. Maybe its because we are looking for it in all the wrong places. We seem to think that there is something out there that will bring us happiness. So, we purchase big ticket items, go on exotic vacations, buy expensive dream cars, and still we’re not happy for long. What can we do about it? Read Dr. Gilkis’ book!
Dr. Gilkis has known suffering in his life. He lived through cancer and endured many other personal trials. And yet it is his positive attitude and perseverance towards all of these challenges that have helped him not only survive but soar above his difficulties and learn from them. He is a testament that happiness is possible. All we have to do is shift our attitudes and stop looking for happiness outside of us.
Dr. Gilkis believes that our happiness is mostly dependent on us. Dr. Gilkis draws on the research from Sonja Lyubomirsky’s work. It highlights that forty percent of our happiness is determined by our habits, behaviors, and thought patterns, while only ten percent of our happiness is dependent on our circumstances. This highlights the fact that happiness is in our control. All we have to do is develop the right attitude towards our lives.
Some of us are more naturally happy than others. Despite this, Dr. Gilkis believes that we can choose to be happy by seeing the positive side of events and situations instead of negative ones. In other words, we can choose to be more upbeat, even if it by a bit. In fact, the happiest people don’t have the best of everything, but they make the best of everything. Therefore, if we are given lemons in our lives, maybe we should try making lemon juice and learn to enjoy it.
There is an incredible wisdom and comfort in these words. We don’t need to have millions of dollars in the bank nor live in the best house. All we need is the right attitude. Further, we need to cultivate a healthy body to be happy by eating right, exercising, sleeping well, connecting with loved ones, and meditating.
Dr. Gilkis’ book is a memoir on how to live a happier life. I love this book because Dr. Gilkis offers step-by-step advice on how we can get ourselves out of the rut of negative thinking. We can remove these walls of negativity by developing a positive attitude towards ourselves and our lives. Thank you for such words of wisdom, Dr. Gilkis! I can’t wait to read your next book!