Happinessis one of the most talked about topics in today’s world. Thedescription of happiness as a contemporary fascination appears to liein the conflicting spectacle of unhappiness. Despite the fact thathumans have enormous access to every presumable form ofentertainment, people still tend to go through a pervading facade ofemptiness, malaise, and insecurity in the midst of infrequent peakfamiliarities. The book FindingTrue Happinessseeks to provide plausible solutions out of the cultural and personalvacuum by helping in the identifying and search for happiness. Thebooks choice of topics revolves around the fact that happiness is theone thing which people choose for its sake while everything elsecomes as the sake of happiness. In the book, Robert Spitzer talksabout the traits of winners and losers comparing the two and theirlack of characteristic of the two in attaining true happiness.
Drawingevidence from both philosophical and psychological quarters, Spitzer(2015) explains that most people often find themselves unhappy andfail to understand why that is the case. Consequently, Spitzer goeson ahead to show that humans look to pursue happiness in four levels.Additionally, he describes that it is possible for anyone tounderstand the different levels, and insists that an actual fulfilledand happy life is entirely dependent on the recognition of the fourfacets and how well one prioritizes them. The four desires that onemust utilize to achieve happiness are: biological connection desiresand the dangers which emanate from an individual’s sensory andbrain faculties, ego-comparative desires arising from an individual’sself-consciousness, contributive-empathetic desires which arise fromone’s conscience and empathy and the transcendental spiritualdesires which stem from a person’s transcendental awareness.
Thefulfillment and happiness achieved from the four levels of happinesscome from and point to the holistic nature of a human being. Spitzer(2015)explains that the duration and depth of happiness resulting from thefulfillment of the four desires increase with every move up thescale. Also, Spitzer(2015)points out that in most occasions it is necessary to restrict anddiscipline one’s desires at the lower levels to help facilitatehappiness at the deeper, longer-lasting and higher levels.Consequently, behaviors of disciplines concerning pride andsensuality are not embraceable as deprivations but with theintentions of attaining higher happiness levels that are ultimatelyand rooted in love. The supreme and complete happiness entails theability to move from levels 1, and 2 to levels 3 and 4, which offerenormous self-realization essentially fueled by love.
Inreading the book, the reader cannot help but notice the transcendentproblem that arises due to the movement from the 1 and 2 levels ofhappiness to levels 3 and 4. Spitzer(2015)explains that the happiness realized in having a good meal, level 1does not last as much as the pleasure of an extraordinary personalachievement which level 2 in the same measure, one’s happiness ofaccomplishments, level 3 does not compare to the happiness that onegets in having helped contribute to the success of other people,level 4. In the long run, Spitzerclaims that there is no possible way in which contributive happinesswould last longer than the happiness that comes from being in loveand loved by God. True happiness is the one that comes from Godexplains the author at the end of the chapter on “losers” and“winners.”
Spitzer,R. J. (2015). Findingtrue happiness: Satisfying our restless hearts.Spitzer, R. J. (2015). Findingtrue happiness: Satisfying our restless hearts.