Being Happy: Part 1

Being Happy: Part 1 Summary

True happiness, lasting happiness can be achieved through a process known as Self-Actualisation, or Self-Realisation. This is a natural state and within the reach of all human beings. It comes from having satisfied all of one’s human needs.

This is the kind of happiness that cannot be obtained through the acquisition of things. The fleeting gratification in receiving goods or services is not true happiness. That is an illusion created by our global consumer society. I am not suggesting that you should avoid having nice things, just that they are not a source of true happiness.

Truly happy people are Self-Actualised (SA) people, so called because they are a much fuller expression of their unique human potential than non SA people. The state has been given many labels, enlightened or awakened being two of them. In Zen, it is described Satori.

While you cannot order happiness on demand, you can create the right conditions in yourself for Self-Actualisation to occur. This eBook describes what these conditions are, and how you might go about creating them. The rest is up to you.

The humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow is well-known for his ideas on a hierarchy of human needs. Basic needs must be satisfied before higher order needs are felt. The hierarchy is represented as a pyramid, with the basic needs at the pyramids broad base, and with self-actualisation at the apex. A Self-Actualised person has found a way to satisfy all of his or her lower needs and has cultivated the conscious awareness of their highest self. They allow this awareness to express itself more fully in their lives.

The achievement of Self-Actualisation is recognised by Maslow as a human need, so in a sense it is everyone’s birthright to be happy.

The need for Self-Actualisation asserts itself once we have satisfied the lowest-order needs for food, shelter, sex, then middle-order needs for safety and security, then the higher middle-order needs for love and belonging. Above these is the higher-order need for self-esteem. The highest need of all, sitting like the capstone of a pyramid is the need for Self-Actualisation.

The annals of various religions tell us that a person can achieve enlightenment with only some or none of the higher and middle order needs being met, and with only the barest of lower-order needs like food and shelter being satisfied. This is more difficult, requiring you to become an ascetic recluse and engage in mortification of the flesh in order to free yourself of these normal human needs. This eBook is not recommending this course of action. Our body is not an impediment to happiness. Quite the opposite, it is a great ally. We owe it to ourselves to take the best care of our body that we can by eating well, getting enough exercise and rest, and avoiding toxic and/or addictive substances.

Self-Actualised (SA) people, whoever they are and whatever the circumstances of their lives, tend to approach life in the ways described in this eBook.

Book Reviews


Short and sweet4 star

Quick read and very interesting topics. There was an apparent basis on Maslow’s hierarchy throughout and a cute mossy ending.45

My Names!s

The rating1 star

How now brown cow. I'm happy now 😋15


Life is as good as you make it5 star

we are in total control of your own lives, Our thinking has to change in order to be happy within yourself. Great Book55


Being happy3 star

Way too short. Hits the surfaces of the topics.35


epically stellar book5 star

I read this book knowing nothing about its premise, and yet as I read it, the words resounded in my soul with each passing character. I strive to cherish every nanosecond of every day and have learned the hard truth of being ignorant to those blessings around you in the past. This realisation years ago has served as my foundation of everlasting appreciation for the present. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a moment to breathe, engage in clarification of what is truly important in the Now. I will keep this as a reference guide to how I want to live my life for years to come.55


Being happy5 star

I love the positive flow of this book55


Good Read!4 star

This book is very truthfull and ispirational. Its detailed and emphasises with what you go through everyday. Its A good read, helps motivate you in many ways to see past that even little things make a huge difference.45


Great Reading!5 star

Highly recommend!55


Very nice4 star

Free, enjoyable and a nice mix of personal and clinical detail.45

Arieal Ellis

A must read5 star

This book explicitly explains what happiness is and how to achieve it inside yourself. Awesome book.55

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