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Why Famous Men Walked & How To Discover Happiness Within.
By Waddy Bond
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These are “self-help” books in one book, well suited to the needs of today`s readers. The book is a product of three years of research, thought and preparation by me. In it we attempt to explain the notion of “Walk” and “Happiness” in simple language, intended for the average reader. Anecdotes from daily life, benefits derived from walking ....these and other vignettes from daily life keep this book from being a scholarly study and should make it interesting for the man and woman on the street who is curious and anxious about dealing with “Walking” and “Happiness” problems.As a matter of fact, I recommend a point of view, a philosophy, which can help people live fuller and happier lives. This book differs from other related books in two ways:Brevity is one of its strengths.The readers is not force to wade through hundreds of pages of chapters.Another asset is its light and interesting style.
Why Famous Men Walked. “I have two Doctors”, said George M. Trevelyan, British historian, “my left leg and my right”. Thomas Jefferson considered walking the best exercise. “Habituate yourself to walking very far. The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the use of man, but I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained”. The wisest of men know that walking is both spiritual and physical therapy. Nothing revitalizes the over laboured mind or body so well as a walk. Hippocrates, ancient Greek physician, prescribed walks to prevent emotional disturbances, hallucinations, and expansion of waist line. (A walk of just a mile a day can fend off as much as ten pounds a year). Few enjoyed walking more than Robert Loine Stevenson. He was suspicious of the “over walker” who walked too fast and too far without his antenna out to enjoy nature.Stevenson believed that a walk to be enjoyed must be “gone upon alone.... Because you should be able to stop and go on, and follow this way or that, as the freak takes you; and because you must have your own pace you should be as a pipe for any wind to play upon.” Ralph waldo Emerson preferred walking alone, although he did not always do so. “You would fare better to take your dog for a walk rather than your neighbour”. He said, “For a dog is a pedestrian whereas your neighbour is probably a small politician”. Emerson walked extensively as a tune up for his lofty writings and lectures. “Walking” he said, “has the best value as gymnastics for the mind. I think it’s the best of humanity that goes out to walk. In happy hours, I think all affairs may be wisely postponed for this walking. Can you hear what the morning says to you, and believe that?” How To Discover Happiness Within. Almost everything we do requires a choice. Which outfit shall I wear to work? What shall I have for lunch? Should I quit my job or shall I stay, hoping things will improve? Which television program shall I watch? Do I want to get Married now or should I wait a few months? Should I move my family across the country or stay here where one roots are? Everyday brings choices of many kinds. But did you realize that there are choices to be made by your emotions and feelings as well? The mind is a powerful tool which can be made to work for you, not against you. You have the ability to choose positive attitudes rather than negative ones, happiness rather than anger, contentment rather than depression and confusion. It takes practice, but you can be the person you wish you were - the kind of person whose qualities you now envy in others. A person isn't born with happiness or contentment. They are learned traits. Some of us just happen to learn them early in life while others learn them late. "When I get mad and angry, I slam door" Jains D. says "my husband and family make me so mad sometimes, that I become a monster. I hate myself for being a slammer. My mother slammed doors and I always vowed that I never would. But I just can't seem to help myself. Actually, Jains can help herself. She has the choice of being upset with her family or being happy.' No one can make her mad. She allows herself to become mad. Her family doesn't control her feelings only she has that privilege of control. So far, she has chosen to slam doors. Many times we are forced into a relationship with employees or in-laws which, under any other circumstances, we would not have established, Much too often, we are unhappy and seem to be trapped forever in our misery and disharmony with these people. But we don't need to feel trapped. There is a way out of discontentment. You have to make that choice to make the first step out. And that is deciding that you are no longer going to be miserable with these people regardless of their actions and words. You must make the choice for your own happiness.
Waddy Bond is a member of a gifted and successful family of writers, and has written many short self-help books for publishing agency in Nigeria. His books are interdisciplinary in nature.It incorporates ideas from psychology, history and literature. Waddy Bond is a freelance journalist who writes frequently about ideologies, marriage and social issues. He is the author of “Is Your Marriage At The Verge Of Collapsing?” plus two books for the youth;A Guide To Successful Career (2004) and The Challenges Of Youthfulness (2002). For Seven years he was senior editor of Unique Books Inc.
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