I’m about 40% into The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra. Is it too soon to say it’s changed my life? It’s true. The teachings are centered around one key element: knowing your true self. If we listen to our bodies, our inner selves rather than referencing the outside world for validation, we will find happiness. I found this so freeing; what we need to be happy is already within us. The path to listening to your true self includes awareness, humility, and other such traits that aren’t necessarily valued in our culture. For example, I find myself looking through Instagram and feeling bad about myself: he/she looks so happy! He/she has something I want to buy! But this year I hope to look inward at those moments and listen to what my true self, rather than my ego, is asking for.
Hope January treats you well!