Is it possible to be happy all the time? For most of us, happiness comes and goes. Life may bring pleasure one day and pain the next.
But what if you could love your life no matter what the circumstances? This is the offering of Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live, the latest book from Jennifer Read Hawthorne, co-author of the#1 New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul—just released and now available on-line and in your local bookstore.
What makes it different
While most self-help books promote a constant search for things to do, have or be that will make us happy and change our circumstances for the better, in contrast, Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live catalyzes breakthrough shifts in the reader’s consciousness. Each of the 36 life lessons offers thought-provoking ideas about the lesson, followed by a powerful or moving story to illustrate the lesson. Readers are then invited to “pause and reflect” on one or two simple ideas to help integrate the lesson more fully into their lives and learn more about themselves.
Evoking the “ah-hah” moment
Each three-part lesson is formulated to evoke the “ah-hah!” experience—those moments of insight when we break free of the past and suddenly have a clean slate for new imprinting, new learning, new creativity, and new behavior.
In the time-stopping moment of this shift, the heart and mind can rest easily, beyond the polarity of daily swings between pleasure and pain, approach and avoidance, enduring and overcoming. The result is reduced stress, a deep sense of ease, and openness to new possibilities—a way to love life no matter what it brings.
The source of inspiration for this book
Jennifer Read Hawthorne is the creative force behind Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live, co-authored with Chicken Soup creators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Jennifer is a keynote speaker and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers, Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. She explained how the book’s title came about this way:
“I sat down one day to reflect on my life. There have been times when I experienced such fullness I thought I would burst—moments when I thought If I died today, it would be okay, because greater happiness than this could not be possible. On this particular day, however, I was aware of a faint feeling of grief still hanging on after a painful divorce; fear and a sense of powerlessness over free-falling world markets playing havoc with my income; and frustration over my inability to heal skin cancer after a years-long struggle.
“Then why do I feel so good? I asked myself. For underneath the ups and downs of my life was a quality of richness and deep satisfaction. Searching for the source of that feeling, I realized that while I don’t always like the circumstances of my life, I love the way I live it.
“I see every problem as a portal, every challenge as a doorway into greater self-discovery, understanding, healing, and peace. My quest for peace began back in 1971 when, walking to work one morning in Washington, D.C., the thought arose, There must be something more to life than this. That thought thrust me into a lifelong search for that ‘something more,’ and the discovery that true peace is a state beyond life’s polarities of good and bad, right and wrong, pleasure and pain. This is the place I live from now, and a place I believe is accessible to anyone who desires it.”
This is the message of Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live.