Sunday, March 26, 2017

Resisting Happiness

Image result for resisting happinessResisting Happiness is an inspirational book by Matthew Kelly all about how we sometimes sabotage ourselves in our quest for happiness and how we can mindfully work towards being happy.

I liked this book because it reminds the reader to take a close look at their life rather than letting it sort of pass them by.

At the end of each chapter there is also a call to action, or a small thing you can do in order to take active steps in living a productive life.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the list of things that dying people regret.

  • I wish I'd had the courage to just be myself
  • I wish I had spent more time with the people I love
  • I wish I had made spirituality more of a priority
  • I wish I hadn't spent so much time working
  • I wish I had discovered my purpose earlier
  • I wish I had learned to express my feelings more
  • I wish I hadn't sent so much time worrying about things that never happened
  • I wish I had taken more risks
  • I wish I had cared less about what other people thought
  • I wish I had realized earlier that happiness is a choice
  • I wish I had loved more
  • I wish I had taken better care of myself
  • I wish I had been a better spouse
  • I wish I had paid less attention to other people's expectations
  • I wish I had quit my job and found something I really enjoyed doing
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with old friends
  • I wish I had spoken my mind more
  • I wish I hadn't spent so much time chasing the wrong things
  • I wish I'd had more children
  • I wish I had touched more lives
  • I wish I had thought about life's big questions earlier
  • I wish I had traveled more
  • I wish I had lived more in the moment
  • I wish I had pursued more of my dreams
This book kind of helps you think about these things and prevent yourself from regretting them when you finally come to your final moments.

I will admit that with most self-examining type books like this, there are always some sappy moments that don't really seem that authentic.  But there are lots of good messages in here, and it's a really short book that's worth the time.

This book is 186 pages and can be purchased for large groups.  You can get a book for only $2 each when you order 500 copies for a parish or other organization.

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