The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them

The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them

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by David Richo
     
 

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Why is it that despite our best efforts, many of us remain fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled in our lives? In this provocative and inspiring book, David Richo distills thirty years of experience as a therapist to explain the underlying roots of unhappiness—and the surprising secret to finding freedom and fulfillment. 

There are certain facts of

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Why is it that despite our best efforts, many of us remain fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled in our lives? In this provocative and inspiring book, David Richo distills thirty years of experience as a therapist to explain the underlying roots of unhappiness—and the surprising secret to finding freedom and fulfillment. 

There are certain facts of life that we cannot change—the unavoidable "givens" of human existence: (1) everything changes and ends, (2) things do not always go according to plan, (3) life is not always fair, (4) pain is a part of life, and (5) people are not loving and loyal all the time. Richo shows us that by dropping our deep-seated resistance to these givens, we can find liberation and discover the true richness that life has to offer. Blending Western psychology and Eastern spirituality, including practical exercises, Richo shows us how to open up to our lives—including to what is frightening, painful, or disappointing—and discover our greatest gifts.

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"A lucid, thought-provoking, and illuminating book about the realities of human existence—a wonderfully useful guide to fluid acceptance of life as it is."—Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star and The Joy Diet

"I started highlighting splendid passages in this book and my highlighter ran dry. The whole book is splendid."—Brother David Steindl-Rast

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590302095
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/11/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.73(d)

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David Richo, PhD, is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and workshop leader whose work emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness in personal growth and emotional well-being. He is the author of numerous books, including How to Be an Adult in Relationships and The Five Things We Cannot Change. He lives in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California.

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The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A smattering of useful information buried under a ton of fluff and drivel. The concepts are presented in a more understandable and useful manner in other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read, it has helped me to have more self awareness
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LifeCoachMarion More than 1 year ago
The book is well organized and makes valid points. I couldn't stop highlighting sentences. It will be great to go back and read the highlighted sections - so many powerful statements. There is a chart on page 103 that really characterizes our behaviors. It does it succinctly and so accurately. I used that material for a group discussion and everyone could relate and contribute. I wrote a newsletter article based on one of the 5 things we can't change that was very well received. (http://home.ezezine.com/23_2 - Scroll to Ouch! That Hurts) The principles are sound and easy to follow. In some ways, it's not 'new' material. Yet, the way it's spelled out and organized, it makes it easy to apply immediately. Not easy concepts - just relevant and truthful ones. This book is VERY good for those with co-dependency issues. Clearly, Richo has experience with 12 steps and the attributes of co-dependency. His bulleted list on boundaries is superb - the best I've ever seen to date.