Synopses & Reviews
Why is it that despite our best efforts, many of us remain fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled in our lives? In this provocative and inspiring book, David Richo distills thirty years of experience as a therapist to explain the underlying roots of unhappiness—and the surprising secret to finding freedom and fulfillment.
There are certain facts of life that we cannot change—the unavoidable "givens" of human existence: (1) everything changes and ends, (2) things do not always go according to plan, (3) life is not always fair, (4) pain is a part of life, and (5) people are not loving and loyal all the time. Richo shows us that by dropping our deep-seated resistance to these givens, we can find liberation and discover the true richness that life has to offer. Blending Western psychology and Eastern spirituality, including practical exercises, Richo shows us how to open up to our lives—including to what is frightening, painful, or disappointing—and discover our greatest gifts.
This book is a primer on how to find lasting happiness in life--surprisingly, by facing up to five simple facts of life that we too often deny. The author calls these the givens: (1) Everything changes and ends, (2) Things do not always go according to plan, (3) Life is not always fair, (4) Pain is part of life, and (5) People are not loving and loyal all the time. Richo helps us to understand that we cannot find real contentment in our lives until we acknowledge and come to terms with these facts.
About the Author
David Richo, PhD, is a therapist and author who leads popular workshops on personal and spiritual growth. He is known for drawing on Buddhist thought, poetry, and Jungian perspectives in his work. He is the author of numerous books. For more information visit www.davericho.com.