Being happy depends on becoming a complete person— spirituality is the path that leads you to wholeness.
“To become complete human beings, to find happiness, we need to develop our human spirits to the fullest. This is what it means to be spiritual: to be the best we can be; to exercise all the qualities and traits that are unique to humankind and that give us the identity as human beings. This spirituality is an integral component of being human, and we cannot have true and enduring happiness without it.”
For many of us, the journey toward personal and spiritual fulfillment is fraught with unexplained feelings of emptiness in the struggle to reach what seems an elusive and murky goal. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Using simple, accessible language and clear examples, this wellspring of wisdom shows you that true happiness is attainable once you stop looking outside yourself for the source and realize that it can be found within you. You will identify the unique abilities that comprise your human spirit—such as gratitude, humility, compassion, and generosity—and explore how to use them in ways that will not only remove your feelings of incompleteness, but also allow you to experience happiness in an invigorating and spiritually refreshing way.
Based on ancient wisdom and modern psychology, the thoughtful, heartfelt anecdotes and inspiring, easy-to-follow exercises will carry you beyond your present state of discontent and open for you an entirely new path toward becoming the best you you can possibly be.
A rabbi and a psychiatrist, Twerski has an interesting stereoscopic view of the human condition. Author of dozens of books (Waking Up Just in Time), many of his former works could be shelved in self-help. This new volume has that flavor also, especially with its concluding "Ten Steps to Happiness." This, however, is a spirituality/inspiration title because Twerski asserts that "to be truly happy, we need to live as spiritual beings." This path calls for humans to be the best they can be, thereby avoiding "Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome." His core program includes self-awareness, humility, choice, patience, making the most of things, improvement, compassion, perspective, purpose, truth and change. Twerski repeatedly compares and contrasts humans and the animal world to good effect, and his anecdotes make this an easy read. Although potentially useful to believers and nonbelievers of every stripe, Twerski's Jewish perspective comes through in his emphasis on deeds. Along the way many wise maxims crop up, e.g., "No one has control over outcome, only over process." Readers comfortable with working a plan, such as a 12-step program, will find especially useful material, particularly in the last workbook-style pages.