Five Thieves of Happiness: An Easy-To-Read Book With Profound Message
John Izzo has a knack for writing easy to read books with profound and powerful messages. Five Thieves is no exception. This book is a must-read for anyone who’s tired of the dog-eat-dog world of competitive business, or wants to get back to the basics of what it means to be fulfilled and happy. Based on the premise that happiness is our natural state, Izzo asserts that we allow five mental thought patterns to rob us of that happiness: control, conceit, coveting, consumption, and comfort.
Each thief is explained, with examples of how it affects us personally, and how it manifests in society. Izzo takes aim at our economic systems that perpetuate the belief that consumption and comfort will make us happy, which plays into the hand of the other three thieves, control, conceit, and coveting. He offers a simple set of steps to kick the thief out of our house, along with a guiding mantra to help focus our awareness on a healthy alternative.
What I liked most about the book was how simple and easy to read it is. The layout is basic; an introduction followed by a chapter dedicated to each thief, and a final summary. Izzo writes from the heart with openness and conviction, sharing plenty of personal examples of how the thieves have been at work in his life and what he’s done to subdue them.
Izzo makes no bones about his Judeo-Christian background, while tying together deep truths about happiness from all the major spiritual traditions. His approach is refreshing, honest, and profound. I couldn’t help but sharing what I was reading with my family and have been reflecting and applying the concepts in my life already.
My favorite quote from the book; “Focusing our actions brings happiness. Focusing on the result of our actions brings unhappiness.” Focus on your next action, to buy and read this book!