Shelfari edited the description of Happiness the Real Medicine and How It Works Wednesday, October 7, 2009.
"Am I Happy?" It’s a powerful question and one that we’ve all asked ourselves. And all of us, at the very core of our being, have a deep longing to answer affirmatively. Guess what? The answer really is "yes." In this thought-provoking book, Blair Lewis explains that happiness is our natural state. It’s right there, obscured by the desire for possessions, the guilt we heap on ourselves, the need for approval, the constant demands on our time. We don’t "create" happiness; we reveal it. And in the process we benefit wholly—both spiritually and physically. Lewis begins by exploring a series of traits that happy people possess: quietude, self-restraint, endurance, disinterest in worldly charms, freedom from conflicts and distractions, and desire for happiness. He then offers a trove of natural tools—from hatha yoga to rejuvenation herbs to meditation techniques—that help us foster these traits in our own lives. Throughout his book, he freely shares his own struggles with the same obstacles that keep most of us from perennial joy. And he urges readers to never give up the quest to gain mastery over the mind and body. "Happiness has always been our only pursuit," he writes. "Through the grace of those who have attained the happiness I sought, I am able to share with you a comprehensive approach to quieting the noise in your body, breath, and mind in a manner that will allow the perennial joy hidden in the deepest recesses of your heart to flow forward. …You can and must attain this perennial joy. It is the first and foremost goal of human birth."