Dropping Tidbits of Knowledge on the World

Dropping Tidbits of Knowledge on the World | Happyliving.com
“A book is a treasure of life”
(Lailah Gifty Akita)

Last summer I attended an inspiring conference called Voice & Exit. One of my big takeaways was to ‘digitize everything I can’ because digitizing ideas, information, products, and services that make me happy also allows me to easily share them, and helps me pursue my mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the world, one person at a time.

I am an avid, lifelong reader. In the old days, I would write on, highlight, page-fold, and otherwise leave my mark on the books I read. Now I do all that digitally on my Kindle reader. And that lets me easily share the most meaningful parts of the books I read directly with you.

The Share function on Kindle posts my highlights and notes directly on my Twitter page. I use the Share function when I’m reading something that supports our Foundations of Health at Happy Living. I have created the tagline Ideas for @veryhappyliving for the shared notes that I post on Twitter.

Below are some of my favorites from over the past five months. If you enjoy these and you’d like to see each of my new notes as soon as I share them, just follow me on Twitter. If you’d just like to take a peak every now and then, go to my Twitter site whenever you’re curious: https://twitter.com/mattgersper

So, here are my top picks! I hope you enjoy these tidbits of wisdom from some of my favorite authors! Please note, my own comments are italicized.

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

From Anne Frank “…in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart…. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right.”

“NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. It’s a green plant growing out of a rock—there’s no dirt or earth, only hard rock, yet it thrives, despite what all of us have been taught to believe.”

Just Be Well: A Book for Seekers of Vibrant Health
by Thomas A. Sult

“When we optimize wellness, there is no room for disease. There is only, once again, the chance to just be well.”

Tao Te Ching: A New Translation
by Lao Tzu, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Sam Hamill

“Lao Tzu is talking about us… “Not daring to try to rule nature, the enduring vessel can be perfected.”

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius
by Leonard Shlain

And this, about acceptance… “Galileo went blind using his naked eye to look at the sun. He mused, over his predicament: This universe, that I have extended a thousand times . . . has now shrunk to the narrow confines of my own body. Thus God likes it; so I too must like it.”

Tao Te Ching: The New Translation from Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition (Tarcher Cornerstone Editions)
by Lao Tzu, Jonathan Star

I was moved to make my home like this… “It is the place where all things come to rest where all the world is welcomed”

“Follow your path to the end. Accept difficulty as an opportunity. This is the sure way to end up with no difficulties at all.”

“Do great things while they are still small.”

Living Your Unlived Life: Coping with Unrealized Dreams and Fulfilling Your Purpose in the Second Half of Life
by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry Ruhl

“… a proverb from the Upanishads came to mind: ‘By standing still we overtake those who are running.’”

“… set aside time for reflection, contemplation, and focused presence.”

Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
by Bill Gifford

“On Okinawa, the famed Japanese “Blue Zone,” with the highest concentration of centenarians in the world, older people talk about the importance of ikigai, which translates as “a reason to get up in the morning”; in short, it’s your purpose.”

I loved this secret to longevity… “‘If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.’ —George Burns.”

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
by Bob Burg, John David Mann

“… the three universal reasons for working. Survive—to meet your basic living needs. Save—to go beyond your basic needs and expand your life. And serve—to make a contribution to the world around you.”

“… giving is not a debt we owe but, instead, it is a seed we sow.”

Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, author’s Official Revised Edition
by David R. Hawkins

“We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become.”

“Victory over others brings us satisfaction, but victory over ourselves brings us joy.”

“As one advances in the evolution of his individual consciousness, the process becomes self-perpetuating and self-correcting so that self-improvement becomes a way of life.”

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer

“To be efficient, you must center all of your energies on the path.”

This happens when you live from spirit... “Imagine if every child seemed like your own, and every person you saw looked like a beautiful flower, with its own color, its own expression, shape, and sounds. As you went deeper and deeper, you would start noticing a phenomenal thing—you are no longer judging.”

Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being
by Rudolph E. Phd Tanzi, Deepak Chopra

Do more of what brings you joy… “Add to the sweetness in your life, and decrease whatever feels sour and bitter.”

Don’t listen to skeptics… “But the skeptic scorns the path without having set foot on it.”

Pour your energy into what nourishes you… “The important thing is to know what is most nourishing to you personally and put your energies there. When you do that, passion becomes part of balance.”

“… infinite power is hidden inside every individual”

The Belief Road Map: How to know yourself better and create personal philosophies to guide the way to the life of your dreams
By Matt Gersper, Kaileen Elise Sues

“Identifying your priorities and using your beliefs to create personal philosophies is the cure to wandering aimlessly through life.”

“Creating your personal philosophies will empower you to make decisions that are true to your heart.”

COMING SOON (Pre-order available in March)

Turning Inspiration Into Action: Connect to the powers you need to conquer negativity, act on the best opportunities, and live the life of your dreams
by Matt Gersper

“Life is too precious and too short to waste time on choices that feel wrong to you.”

“When you discover the thing a person or a business is meant to do, that’s when magic can happen.”

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