The message of this book is very simple - you can be happier. You can also be a source of happiness, encouragement and support for other people. Understanding that your happiness largely depends on your outlook on life, your inner values and resilience, and on the way you regard and treat other people, you can take charge of your large and small decisions in new and highly effective ways. This is essential emotional wisdom, supporting self-esteem, insight and respectful, joyful relationships.
Whatever our background, culture, or race, what rewards us most powerfully and consistently are the most deceptively simple abilities of all: the ability to be kind, to live enthusiastically and creatively, to appreciate and understand experiences different from our own, and to sustain a sense of inner stability and trust, even in unwelcome and difficult situations. These are the abilities that, bit by bit, moment by moment, choice by choice, create a life of happiness.