Recommended Reads: Book sheds light on secrets to a happy life


five secrets vThe Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo
What does a happy life, a life well lived, look like? That is the question this author sets out to research. This book is a description of what he learned from interviewing over 200 people ages 60 to 106. Each person had been identified by friends and family as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning.” It turns out there are concepts that these happy people all have in common, leading to the author’s life secrets. And the best news is that anyone, of any age, can start practicing these life secrets and improve their quality of life. It’s never too late. The most important thing is not when we find these secrets but that we do find and practice them.

People seek joy and a deep sense of contentment. People also want to find meaning to their life, something that answers why they were here and what they left behind. These answers are as varied as we are as individuals.

This author not only reveals the secrets, with complete descriptions of each, but also gives practical tips on how to incorporate these philosophies into your everyday life. Then you’ll reap benefits of happiness and meaning that are noticeable to yourself and to those around you. You will be designing the happiness and meaning in your life. Some of what you’ll read is a reminder of what you know. Some of what you’ll read, you’ll recognize that you do. For me the highlights of the book are the excerpts from the interviews the book is based on. I was drawn to their interview conversations like a magnet. What interesting people. Their joie de vivre is vivid. That doesn’t mean their lives have been easy or without tragedy. It’s been their years of experience that taught them the lessons they now share.

John Izzo is one of North America’s most prominent voices on finding more purpose in life and work. This book was the basis for a five-hour Biography and PBS Television series. A bestseller, it was named the best self-help book of 2008 by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

The five secrets that will change your life and your outlook on life are: be true to yourself; leave no regrets; become love; live the moment; give more than you take. This book will define these secrets and describe how to take the steps to design these into your life. It’s never too early to hear this message, and it’s never too late. The author quotes a Chinese proverb in this regard, “the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, but the second best time is today.”

Thereby hangs a tale . . . .

— By Wendy Kendall


wendy kendallWendy Kendall is a writer, project manager and volunteer at the Edmonds Library. She’s enjoyed living in Edmonds for over 20 years. Follow her via her blog here or on Twitter @wendywrites1.


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