All these questions (and more) are asked and answered in How To Die Happy.
Exploring themes around life "at Earth School" — depression, consumption, distraction, emotions, ego, and the pursuit of success, How To Die Happy examines why many of us feel robbed of bliss, joy, and peace. More importantly, it's a guide to happiness while embracing the paradoxical fact that happiness is as impermanent as everything else.
Former high-functioning alcoholic adman Martin O'Toole once lived a wild life of excess, oblivious of how his childhood trauma had profoundly impaired his emotional maturation. A near-suicidal event was the launchpad for his learning about mental health's complexities — lessons, he muses: he "ought to have been taught as a child".
Leaving the hectic pace of London for the contrasting peace of the tropical island of Bali, O'Toole set out to heal his various neuroses. This extensive process of self-help work led to discovering what he calls the "Anatomy of Happy" — a methodology detailed in this book.
How To Die Happy distils the secrets to living and dying well. This book cherry-picks Eastern philosophies like Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, connecting their relationship to mindfulness and psychological practices.
The author shares tales of loss, self-suffering, forgiveness, love, and the miraculous healing power of psychedelic plant medicines. He deftly tackles serious subject matter in fun, often self-effacing and lighthearted ways. Perhaps, unusually, these are not lessons offered by an enlightened guru or a PhD but by a self-professed, fallible "man on the mend".
Cover : Softcover
Author : Martin O'Toole
Language : English
ISBN : 9781739315504