The Five Thieves of Happiness

The Five Thieves of Happiness

John Izzo

$15.95 P, 9781626569324
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Introduced by “happiness professional” Marshall Goldsmith, this book recounts John Izzo’s search to understand what makes us happy. It has been the guiding light of his life.

In his Wise Elder Project, he asked older people what they did that made them happy. From their answers he derived five secrets to happiness. Now he has similarly distilled five things that rob people of their happiness.

Merging long-standing spiritual tradition and modern psychology, he postulates that one of the key factors in the survival of the human species is our ability to replace competition with compassionate cooperation. That raises an important question. Are we, as a global society, losing sight of the very thing that ensures our ongoing success? This is a very timely treatise about the thought patterns that bring us happiness and the thought patterns that promise happiness, when their real intent is to undermine that very thing. Clear and engaging, Izzo's book makes his case in very credible terms.

January 1, 2017
Reviewed by: 
Anna Jedrziewski