The Five Paths to Happiness by Javier Ramon Brito

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by ellen

Did you ever wonder why some people are happier than others? Or, what makes one person happy more than other? Is it the person? Their temperament? Or something else entirely? In an effort to eliminate stress and live a more meaningful life, I’ve been questioning how I look at life a lot more lately. Thank you to The Five Paths to Happiness by Javier Ramon Britothe author for sponsoring this post and providing a copy for review.

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The Five Paths to Happiness by Javier Ramon Brito

We all want to live a happy life. But most of the time we look for happiness in the wrong place or take the wrong approach to it. When it comes to happiness, there is really no one-size-fits-all recipe that works for everybody. We are all different. What makes someone happy may not be the ideal for another person. This is why this book offers you five different paths to happiness.

Why five paths? Because according to modern psychology, most people can be fitted into five categories. Because, according to ancient Eastern wisdom, there are five elements that govern the universe. Because the holistic systems that are used for healing, like Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, are based on the interaction of five elements in the human body, mind and emotions. The five alternative paths presented to you in this book come from a methodical observation of how the five elements that rule the universe can be translated into practical knowledge and choices for our daily lives.

Interestingly, these five elements also correspond to the five main characters or constitutional types of people. They all have different traits and different potentials that rightly understood give you the key to living your life according to your own constitutional emotional structure. The final chapter on how to increase your happiness dispels the myths that surround the achievement of happiness in our modern society and analyzes the true essence of happiness. It offers a sound alternative to the rat race in which many people are trapped. By knowing the five paths and understanding the true essence of happiness, people have a choice. You can be happier and live a happier life. This book shows you how.

My thoughts:

This book was an absolutely fascinating look at different personality types and what makes them happy. I love that the author addresses this issue by using a variety of different disciplines including religion, psychology, and science. While I’m not a believer in the different religions he referenced in the book, it’s fascinating (and quite true) how their historical interpretation impacts different types of people.

After reading, I found out that I am an air type and that communication is very important to me. I am happiest being able to share my thoughts and opinions with people. I also learned that my moods are frequently impacted by scent and that I enjoy being outside to walk and enjoy my environment – which are both totally true. I found it absolutely amazing that air types are often prone to nervousness and stress (YES!) and related illnesses like IBS, arthritis, and dry skin. For my diet, it says I should avoid yeast (YES!), cold salads, and  coffee (YIKES). Hot teas like chamomile and ginger are best as are foods like soups and oats.

There was so much more information about my personality type and what makes me happy that I couldn’t possibly cover it all. The book addresses the paths that each personality type can take to maintain happiness including things like diet, job, thoughts, priorities, etc.  If you’re in search of an eye-opening look at what really makes you happy, I highly recommend you read this book.

Buy it today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.  Learn more on the author’s website and Goodreads.