Recently, after my client Joan had her hair done at juju, I invited her to join me for a trip to nearby Garland of Letters.  Garland of Letters, you ask? Well, THE place for Inspirational literature: New Thought, Spirituality, Self-Help- generally for seekers of self knowledge of any and all disposition.  Garland of Letters has been offering Philadelphians everything from yoga to incense for the last 30 years. In a word, “bliss.”  Joan, a fellow soul-mate/soul-seeker needed no convincing – we were off!

Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., fell from the shelf as I wished for guidance. “Oh! I gave this book to a few friends for Christmas last year.” My friend assured me this was more than just happenstance. ‘Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment…’ it promises.  Sold.

Once again, I am reminded, as I chapter through Ben-Shahar’s pages, that “Happiness depends upon ourselves” (Aristotle).  As suggested, I’ve committed to a gratitude journal, my meditation practice and exercises to simplify and de-stress my life.