The Five Hurdles to Happiness

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2019-06-04
  • Publisher: Shambhala

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A practical approach to breaking free of the hindrances in life that drag you down--in order to live more mindfully, effectively, and compassionately.

There are five obstacles that stand in the way of true happiness. Recognizing these obstacles and moving past them can be difficult, especially when we find ourselves caught up in work, family life, and other time-consuming activities. However, there is a way! In this guide, Mitch Abblett--a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant--outlines just what these obstacles are and how they infect everyday life.

Drawing on Buddhism, psychology, and experiences from his personal practice, Abblett creates a unique teaching on how the five negative qualities found in Buddhist tradition can be studied in modern day and used to combat the negativities that keep us from living our lives to the fullest. These qualities--desire, hostility, sluggishness, worry, and doubt--are explained in full, with helpful charts, teachings, exercises, and anecdotes to give the reader all the tools they need to combat what's dragging them down the most. Abblett uses the negative qualities as a frame for engaging readers in contemplating their own lives and learning to lean into their experience, approaching it with the warmth and helpfulness of a true friend.

Author Biography

MITCH ABBLETT, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant with a private practice. He speaks and trains nationally and internationally on the applications of mindfulness for enhancing professional and personal communication patterns. The author of several previous books, he has been the executive director of the Institution for Meditation and Psychotherapy and was for 11 years clinical director of Manville School at Judge Baker's Children's Center at Harvard University.

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