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Deepak Chopra

Happiness Prescription


4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of the Happiness Puzzle, December 23, 2009


You don't have to be New Age to enjoy Deepak's new book. The way he writes indicates that he has an intimate knowledge of happiness and this state of being is achievable no matter what your religion. The main chapters include:

Be Aware of Your Body
Find True Self-Esteem
Detoxify Your Life
Give Up Being Right
Focus on the Present
See the World in Yourself
Live for Enlightenment

I liked the chapter on body awareness because it teaches you to control your negative feelings. I also liked the idea of not putting anything into your body unless it will nourish you. This of course will require the reading of many books on nutrition.

The idea of giving up "being right" will be difficult for most people. I think it is still important to be able to defend your point of view. What would life be like without spirited conversations?

In the end, this book is more about eliminating unhappiness by changing your behavior. If you take the advice in this book and "release the need to change anyone else" you will probably be much happier because you won't constantly be disappointed.

For me, happiness is the feeling of love radiating from the core of my being. Being unhappy is when negative emotions fight to take away that feeling of love. This book has some of the pieces of the happiness puzzle so I recommend it along with some other selections that include:

Spontaneous Optimism: Proven Strategies for Health, Prosperity & Happiness

Deepak Chopra: The Happiness Prescription - THE DVD

It's All in Your Head: Thinking Your Way to Happiness

Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out

What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better

Smilosophy: Getting More Smileage Out of Life

~The Rebecca Review


Grow Younger

5.0 out of 5 stars Healing and Calming Ideas, October 25, 2009
"If you have the expectations that you can grow younger and live longer, this will be your experience." ~ pg. 19

After reading "Grow Younger, Live Longer" I had the desire to go looking for sandalwood soap and took out my Kama Sutra massage oils to give my husband a back massage. This book will inspire you to live a little more sensuously and mindfully. Although I must say that the idea about meditating before you eat your dinner may be a little unrealistic if you are the one preparing your dinner. I find meditation is best after doing yoga in the evening.

Deepak Chopra and David Simon do not state that you will never age or completely reverse aging but describe how you can reset your Biostat (biological age). That just means you will be up to fifteen years younger than your chronological age. Simple things are suggested like taking supplements, drinking more water or developing an exercise routine. There are a few instructions for doing yoga but I'd advise you to rent some yoga DVDs from Neflix (or buy some here at amazon) which will give you a far more realistic experience. I think if you are new to yoga a good instructor is vital to your success.

"Toxic emotions are often the most harmful accelerators of the aging process. Commit to releasing them from your heart and mind." ~ pg. 158

While reading this excellent book I was made aware of some things I really needed to hear. I liked the sections on present-moment awareness, breaking habitual patterns and forgiveness.

Deepak Chopra and David Simon have created a very healing, nurturing book that seems to lull you into a sense of security and peace. From this new state of awareness you are then inspired to try out a few of the ideas presented and to make lasting changes in your life.

Don't be surprised if you read this book and suddenly have the urge to go walk on a beach or to try out some Ayurvedic beauty care items. We all know stress accelerates aging so why not spend the evening with a good book in bed. I found this book to be calming and informative and I'm glad I finally read it!

Here are a few items I think you would also enjoy.

How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better

You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

Dr. Perricone's 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation

The Metabolic Plan: Stay Younger Longer

Age-Proof Your Body: Your Complete Guide to Looking and Feeling Younger

Peptides Plus Cream Wrinkle Reverse 2 Ounces

The Power of Stillness: Learn Meditation in 30 Days

Crunch - Candlelight Yoga

Yoga Slim

~The Rebecca Review


The Happiness Prescription DVD


5.0 out of 5 stars Be Healthier and More Successful, October 30, 2009
Deepak Chopra believes that if you are happy you will naturally be healthier and more successful. He explains how we have the happiness formula backwards. Wealth does not bring happiness but being happy might bring wealth. This is probably just because you will have a more positive outlook on life.

In this DVD, Deepak Chopra explores meditation, cognitive therapy, pleasure, existential suffering, peace, harmony, good relationships, money, choices we make daily, helping humanity, dreams for the world, death, love and compassion. He explains how we should live in the present, get rid of toxic emotions and replace fear with love.

The audience is very responsive and there are quite a few times Deepak Chopra has everyone laughing. They do become really quiet when he starts discussing death.

While most of this DVD is about Buddhist teachings there is one mention of Jesus Christ. I found that this DVD could be enjoyed by anyone of any religion. The only thing I found myself questioning was Deepak's advice to a young boy to tell people he was "universal" when describing how he felt about religion. While you can take something good from most religions and personally apply it to your life I think it would be very difficult to say believe in a religion that worships idols and worship the one true God. It would seem that you would always be in conflict in such a case.

Deepak appears in this video wearing his trademark red sparkly glasses. He is very nicely dressed with a matching red shirt and red shoes. At first the glasses were a bit distracting but he is an excellent storyteller and soon I was enjoying his tales from India. I felt that watching this DVD confirmed some of my beliefs like that happiness comes from making other people happy and that you are happier when you have a sense of accomplishment.

~The Rebecca Review



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