Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes you’ll feel lost. When I was younger, in such cases, I’d turn to my family and friends. Usually, their advice would be enough to help me through. As I grew older and became more independent, the advice from them wasn’t enough and I began to read some books, which helped me a lot. Here are some of them.
●The Art of Happiness, Howard Cutler
This book was written in 1998, and in it, Howard Cutler asks Brendan Burchard, an outstanding philosopher, questions. Cutler is a psychiatrist aiming to understand what the purpose of life is according to Brendan Burchard. Burchard in turn describes what he believes the purpose of life is: it’s being happy.
●Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Matthieu Ricard
Written by a French doctor, Dr. Ricard beautifully describes ways in which happiness can be achieved. He argues happiness doesn’t just happen by chance or luck. Just like other skills, it requires lots of hard work and determination.
●The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
The present moment is the only moment you have control of at any time in your life. In this book, Eckhart Tolle describes the importance of being present in spite of the mind’s desire to be anywhere but now.
●The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Coelho uses a fictional story to describe the underlying theme of this book. You have the power to create your own future. Only you have the ability to create the kind of life you want for yourself. Of course, you’re required to work and devote yourself to achieving your goals.
1. What did the author do when he felt lost as a child?
A He read inspiring books.
B He consulted his loved ones.
C He solved the problems alone.
D He joined his friends in activities.
2. Which book is actually an interview?
A The Art of Happiness.
B Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill.
C The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.
D The Alchemist.
3. What is Matthieu Ricard’s opinion about happiness?
A Good health is the basis of happiness.
B Happiness belongs to those lucky people.
C Being consistently happy needs much practice.
D Living happily in the present is tough for people.
4. Who gives the opinion that we are the master of our own life, in his or her book?
A Brendan Burchard.
B Matthieu Ricard.
C Eckhart Tolle.
D Paulo Coelho.
5. What can we infer from the books mentioned in the text?