How to find happiness in a ‘not-so-great-at-the-moment’ country

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My President is 93 years old. Yes you read that correctly, he became president of Zimbabwe in 1980 and has been in power since. Among the many things that need work in my country, power cuts and water shortages are nothing new. You’re now probably feeling sorry for me, don’t, despite all that, I’m happy.

Maybe your Prime Minister seems hard hearted, or your President is, how shall I put it… different? Or refuses to leave. You don’t know which way is up anymore. You’re even scared to read or listen to the news because chances are its gotten worse or things are just, well covfefe! You just want it to all go away.

Unfortunately I can’t make it go away, however I can tell you which 5 books to read to get you out of this funk you’re in and live a life filled with happiness. I have to share at this point that since I heard a joke involving a person with a French accent pronouncing the word happiness with a silent H I tend to do that in my head. So bear with me. I tried to find books that you might not have read so I went back in time.

What you need first is a reprogramming of your mind. To get you there, let’s start with 2 books that will make you realize more than ever how powerful your mind is. I’m sure you’ve heard that before and thought it carries some weight; however you’ll be surprised to know exactly how much power it holds.

Book 1
Let me introduce you to a 1950’s book called Key to yourself by Venice Bloodworth. I’ve found that someone can tell you all about a book and what it’s about but sometimes only that book can do itself justice. With that in mind here’s a quote from this book “Your present conditions are the results of your past thinking. You will be what you are thinking today”. Think about that for a moment. Instead of wondering what your president will do next, this book will surely have your mind occupied with things that will bring you happiness, with or without an H.

Book 2
As your mind starts to have an altered life, no relation to alternate news, you will be ready to move on to the 2nd book. This one is from further back in time, 1937 Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill. You may have already read it, or not. Whether you have or haven’t, read it, again if you have to. If your life is exactly how you’d like it to be then don’t, however if you feel it could use some tweaking here and there then this book will help you do that, with practical steps thrown in there. The title might suggest it has to do with nothing but money; however, it is much more than that. Reading the first three chapters alone can change your life. If you really want happiness, then you have no choice but to read this book.

Book 3
Now your mind’s been reprogrammed by the last two books. What’s next you might ask, or not ask, I’m going to tell you any way. You have to read the 3rd book Creative Visualization: Use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life by Shakti Gawain. It’s from a little later time period than the others, 1978 to be precise. As the title suggests it’s about dinosaurs, just kidding, it’s about visualization. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a way of seeing a picture of what you want before it happens or Google might do a better job of explaining it. The point is, if you can’t see it, chances are you’re not going to get it. I love this practice because even if someone is telling you about how fake the news is or how the sky is falling, in your head you can be visualizing and everyone around you will be none the wiser.

Book 4
Now you’re building your new life and the money is coming in or whatever it is you want, you need to be prepared to know how to handle money and secure your future. That’s where the 1926 book The richest man in Babylon by George S Clason comes in. I’m no financial whiz so the fact that this 4th book delves into financial matters in a way that a 7 year old would understand came in quite handy. Many financial books that came after picked something from this book. You’d do well to give it a quick read.

Book 5
Finally, you’re scratching your head wondering what the fifth book could be. No? Work with me here, in my head that’s what you’re doing so that’s what you’re doing! For this last book I’ll ask you a question: “What’s the one book that has made you laugh out loud?” A book that even when you’re thinking about it right now, you’re smiling, laughing even. A book that made you forget everything around you and just laugh. That’s the book you should read next. For me it’s Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I’m laughing as I write this because Yossarian definitely lives. If you don’t have a book like that, you’re welcome to mine.

If you read these books, I can assure you something will change in your life. Either you will indeed find happiness or add me to your ‘kill list’. I’d prefer the former of course.
It would be remiss of me if I didn’t add this last part. No matter how great things are now that you have found happiness, there will be days when things will not go your way. What is your anchor for when you fail or have been disappointed or when it’s taking longer than you thought it would? What’s going to assure you that whatever it is will pass? Have an anchor because there will come times where you will need it. For me it is my belief that no matter what happens, God’s got my back. Know what yours is and be ready for those not so great days.

Now that you’re done reading this, yes you’re going back to that not-so-great-at-the-moment country, but now you have books that can change your life. Go ahead, read them and watch happiness find you on its own.

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