Five Secrets You Must Discover

Jul 12, 2016 | Turning 60 and Beyond | 0 comments

The first thing many people think when you ask them the secret of happiness has to do how much money they have. Freud said that the two primary things humans want in life is to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Wrong on both counts. According to John Izzo, PhD in his book “The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die” to find happiness and a sense of purpose is what we want. We want to know that it mattered that we were here on this earth.

This is the first of a series about the these five secrets. Although not really secrets these five things will help you in your quest for happiness and purpose at any age. They are the foundation of a satisfying and meaningful life.

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Leave no regrets.
  • Love more.
  • Live the moment
  • Give more than you take.

However, just knowing these five secrets is not enough, we have to actually live them. As the Dalai Lama has said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” We all know it’s a good thing to eat healthy, keep active, drink in moderation but do we practice these things. Not always—many of us live exactly the opposite lives of what we know is good for us. So what happens to us? Somewhere around fifty or sixty we begin to look back on our lives while still living them. Perhaps age and wisdom are catching up with us and finally we are “getting” it. Personally I think my aha moment came somewhere in my fifties.

Over the next few weeks I want to delve more deeply into each of these five secrets. I try to live my own life this way—sometimes it’s harder than I’d like it to be, but then I’m still reinventing myself. I highly recommend reading this book The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die. It was an amazing book, and just may be a wake-up call for some.