Book review: 25 Essentials To Happy Living
In a world filled with digital life updates and short-lived stories, when do you get the time to explore true happiness? The book 25 Essentials To Happy Living by author Preeti Pathak is an effective guide to help you achieve tranquility and experience joy at every step of your life.
In our unpredictable lives, change is constant and no matter how much we deny, we cannot get rid of changes. This leads to ups and downs in life, and may give rise to behavioral issues. Not all of us are equipped, physically or emotionally, to deal with constant fluctuations. This might become a hindrance in your journey toward self-discovery, which in turn, limits your potential. The book analyses 25 different aspects of human emotions like anger, stress, jealousy, love, attachment and frustration, and provides a holistic approach to embrace spirituality in our hectic lives. Pathak, who is also a disciple of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, effectively draws from real-life experiences and gives the reader direction on how to lead a de-stressed life. She believes that the road to spirituality travels through every level of our conscious and sub-conscious minds to rectify our attitude towards life, which in turn enriches our awareness.
The first chapter, titled What is life, states “Life is not complex; it is our nature to make it complex.” It asks the reader to pause in this rat-race of human existence and introspect about the true meaning of life. The second chapter on Stress management dwells on the existence of stress—is it a state of mind or the result of our inability to handle a situation? It focuses on channelising your inner energies to overcome your limitations. Similarly, the third chapter on Key to balanced and stress-free living emphasises on maintaining a right balance in everything that you do. In these 25 chapters, Pathak also communicates the importance of different yoga positions that will rejuvenate your body from the inside out. If you are on the lookout for peace, positivity and purpose, and keen to elevate your lifestyle, then this book is an ideal pick.