What you get:
- discover the links between your desires, needs, attitude and values
- see the incongruities in your daily life
- plan your individual pathway from pain to stress-FREEDOM
- achieve harmonious relationships with friends and family
- enjoy peace, tranquility and serenity
- achieve clarity about your future
From whom you get it:
I've had extensive experience as a sales manager and business development consultant where I dealt with direct reports, peers, supervisors and customers. It didn't take long for me to see clearly how stress affected their actions and attitudes, their relationships and their lives.
In 2004, I happened upon some ancient Greek philosophical practices designed to prevent stress and ensure stress-FREEDOM, and I was hooked. I learned that it was the Epicureans' lifelong goal to reach utter stress-FREEDOM: mental (which they called ataraxia) and physical (called aponia). They were continually mindful of the need to achieve mens sana in corpore sano, i.e., a healthy mind in a healthy body. That didn't sound like a bad idea to me!
I found that the core of Epicureanism, which traces its beginnings to 300 BCE, is quite simple: A life of pleasure can be achieved through the elimination of pain and anxiety. Epicurus considered pleasure to signify a pain- and anxiety-free state of mind.
We all know people - or we may be those people - who spend fortunes on dead-end roads to happiness to at least seem to have more power, prestige and possessions than their neighbors, co-workers and friends.
The average individual spends five to nine times more money and nine to 12 times more time on superfluous things and meaningless experiences than for meeting his most fundamental needs. On average, each household spends tens of thousands of dollars every year on things unnecessary for happiness - and it takes working long hours to get these tens of thousands of dollars in the first place.
But it seems like we’re never satisfied - we just want more. And different. And better. This method clearly isn’t working.
So I decided to test some of the ancient exercises and practices on myself. I was surprised to find that they expanded spectacularly my stress-FREEDOM and brought about a deep and lasting transformation in my general attitude, disposition and behavior patterns: I used to be pretty short-tempered and even sarcastic at times, but now my son’s basic perception of me is: “Dad is relaxed and humorous” – and you cannot fool kids and dogs about your disposition!
More and more of the people I interact with began to notice these changes in my attitude and started turning to me for inspiration and guidance. So I developed my stress-FREEDOM guidance program, a blending of ancient Greco-Roman exercises and modern communication training and coaching techniques.
These stress-FREEDOM seekers were absolutely enthusiastic about the results they achieved within weeks and urged me to make my guidance program available to other stressed-out people.
So I sat down and wrote From Pain to Pleasure: The Proven Pathway to Happiness, to show you how the Epicureans lived anxiety-free lives in blissful contentment.
Why you get it:
Will From Pain to Pleasure: The Proven Pathway to Happiness make stress go away? No, and it won’t really try to. We all experience daily stresses - misunderstandings, stupid mistakes, teenager problems, budget disasters, sick pets and nutty bosses.
But my HappinessGuidance deals with persistent stress, where we’re in a state of anxiety or depression continuously. If you’ve ever lived where it snows, you know that if your road isn’t plowed before cars and trucks drive over the snow, you are stuck with that stubborn hard layer of snow until spring, even if the plow comes by after another snowfall. It’s there until it melts. It makes for difficult driving conditions, and it’s slippery and hazardous and bumpy.
The same with stress - if it’s not dealt with properly and we let it affect our mental living conditions, it can spiral to the point that it makes us sick. Evidence abounds - as you learned in my free Stress Report. It’s been proven in prominent research labs and hospitals around the world.
A little-known fact...
Obesity, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, a weak immune system, hair loss, depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, schizophrenia and panic attacks are all illnesses or conditions that can demonstrate the incredible power of persistent stress.
There’s no escaping the situations, people and events that can “stress us out.” In fact, psychologists have identified several common sources of stress:
Life’s Top Ten Stressors
- Death of spouse
- Marital separation; marital reconciliation
- Death of close family member
- Changing residences
- Personal injury or illness
- Loss of job
- Change in financial state
But what we can escape is our bodies' prolonged adverse reaction to these stressors, which has been proven to bring health risks.
What’s the risk if you don't act now?
Chronic stress represents our attempts to sustain these physical and mental reactions. Research has proven that doing so spawns or exacerbates physical maladies. Anxiety, hopelessness, optimism and serenity are not just feelings but physiological states that originate in the brain according to our individual perceptions. The brain then triggers the release of hormones and enzymes that can either help or harm our hearts, digestive systems, libidos, skin, immune systems and other organs and bodily functions.
Simply put, what we think - and how we live our daily lives - can make us sick.
Even so, many of us continue to focus on the physical symptoms without considering their possible links to chronic stress. We may figure we have no control over it even if we did.
Between 60 and 90 percent of doctor visits are due to stress-related conditions, such as headaches, backaches, indigestion, insomnia, frequent colds and obesity. Doctors can help with symptoms, but when was the last time you had a conversation with your doctor about ways to reduce stress?
Billions of dollars are spent every year on medical bills and prescription drugs and businesses lose millions because of high levels of employee absenteeism and lost-time accidents that are linked to stress. How many of your health care expenses are related to stress? If you could reduce your medical bills and number of sick days significantly within the next 12-18 months wouldn't you want to try?
Sometimes looking backwards isn’t such a bad idea
How about taking a giant step backwards with me... a few thousand years... so you can reveal to yourself the tried-and true path toward stress-FREEDOM? It may not be easy, but it’s perfectly simple. It may not be exciting, because there are no gimmicks, preposterous claims, mumbo-jumbo, incantations, secret passwords or special decoder rings. And it’s definitely not cutting-edge or high-tech.
But I guarantee it will be fun. Oh, and did I mention effective? Proven effective?
Why learn from Epicurus?
Epicurus held fast to a few fundamental beliefs that have endured through the ages and throughout several cultures. His teachings were based on a number of truths that have had widespread application, but the most significant to us in our daily lives is this: We can only find happiness when we live simply and derive pleasure not from material things but from abiding friendships, good cheer, and an appreciation for a simple life. A life of pleasure is not a hedonistic one brought about by unbridled lust, debauchery, and gluttony, but one created by fulfilling our natural needs and desires according to our values rather than by trying to conform to what we perceive to be society’s expectations of us.
What Do the Experts Think?
Epicurus's teachings attracted supporters who went on to apply his theories throughout the world of politics and philosophy. You might be interested to know what these fellows have to say - in 21st-century-speak - about one of the great philosophers who, were he still living, would be 2,350 years old.
To start on our journey backwards, we need only go back about 240 years to Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In fact, the preamble to the Declaration of Independence demonstrates an Epicurean influence in its wording:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal... with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
A portion of a letter Jefferson wrote to his Virginia neighbor and former private secretary, William Short, in 1819 contains these words:
“… As you say of yourself, I TOO AM AN EPICUREAN. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us.”
Had he written it as a testimonial for this page it might have looked something like this:
"You're not the only Epi wanna-be. What the guy writes in his blog is dead on about people's right to be happy without the feds getting in their faces. Even the oldest of the old smart guys in Athens and Rome would agree, if you look at the lesson plans they used to come up with. Give my love to the family."
Tom Jefferson, 2084-2167 After Epicurus Pathway, Edge Hill, VA, USA
Continuing our journey backwards through time, we encounter Lucian, a Greek satirist with a dry wit (125 - 180 A.D ) who scoffed at one of Epicurus’s detractors:
Epicurus’s Principal Doctrines, [is] the most admirable of his books, as you know, with its terse presentment of his wise conclusions. The fellow [Alexander of Abonutichus] had no conception of the blessings conferred by that book upon its readers, of the peace, tranquillity, and independence of mind it produces, of the protection it gives against terrors, phantoms, and marvels, vain hopes and insubordinate desires, of the judgment and candor that it fosters, or of its true purging of the spirit, not with torches and squills and such rubbish, but with right reason, truth, and frankness. I was still... concerned... to strike a blow for Epicurus, that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him.
For us today he may have written it like this:
"I just can't let that guy get by with trashing Epi's book like that. Does he think he could do better? Sure, I admit it isn't flowery, but that's not the way Epi writes. He just gets straight-away to the point, that's all. And he tells it like it is. Apparently this Alexander - the lying snake-oil salesman that he is - is too naive to understand what Epi meant. (Maybe the words were too big for him!) Anyone with an IQ over room temperature knows that to put your mind at rest about so much of what's going on in the world today, all you have to do is read the book. I know, I know, lots of these guys think they know the secret of finding happiness and they're only too anxious to share it with the rest of us - what a competitive group these philosophers are! - but I think this guy knows what he's talking about. It's all so simple. Everyone I've talked to says they feel such relief after reading it, like a weight has been lifted from their shoulders. This guy's good, I tell ya."
Lucian, Assyrian Satirist and Entertainer, 466-521 After Epicurus Pathway, Samosata, Roman empire
Roughly 400 years after Epicurus's heyday, Diogenes of Oenoanda, a man about whom little is known, carved the tenets of Epicureanism into a stone wall in what is now southwest Turkey. Although less than a third of its 25,000 words has been recovered, it serves as an important source of information about Epicurus's teachings. Before he died, Diogenes wrote:
Having already reached the sunset of my life (being almost on the verge of departure from the world on account of old age), I wanted, before being overtaken by death, to compose a fine anthem to celebrate the fullness of pleasure and so to help now those who are well-constituted. [...] I wished to use this stoa [stone wall] to advertise publicly the medicines that bring salvation. These medicines we have put fully to the test; for we have dispelled the fears that grip us without justification, and, as for pains, those that are groundless we have completely excised, while those that are natural we have reduced to an absolute minimum, making their magnitude minute.
And this is what he could have sprayed on a wall today:
"I know that I'm not long for this world - I'm old and tired - but I've had a happy life and want to pass along my formula for living, in the hopes that others, too, can live a full life and die in peace like I plan to. The trick is to learn how to stop making mountains out of molehills, or as someone else once said, 'Don't sweat the small stuff.' Just relax and enjoy a simple life."
Diogenes, Epicurean Practitioner and Carver of the Biggest Inscription of the Ancient World, 400 After Epicurus Pathway, Oenoanda, Lycia
Lucretius was a talented Roman philosopher and poet whose only known work is an epic poem on Epicureanism titled De Rerum Natura, translated as On the Nature of Things.
This tribute to Epicurus is an excerpt:
O you who out of the vast darkness were the first to raise
A shining light, illuminating the blessings of life,
O glory of the Grecian race, it is you I follow,
Tracing in your clearly marked footprints my own firm steps,
Not as a contending rival, but out of love, for I yearn to imitate you.
For why should the swallow vie with the swan?
The best parts would go something like this today:
"Others tried and failed, but you hit the bull's-eye with your answer to the mystery of life. Those Greeks must be so proud to call you a native son. Kudos, man. I'm sticking with you!"
Lucretius, Epicurean Poet, Practitioner and Superstition Debunker, 300 After Epicurus Pathway, Rome, Roman Republic
Although a number of Christian leaders were not pleased with Epicurus's theory about the need to live life comfortably and without distress, rather than enduring suffering in anticipation of greater rewards after death, they - surprisingly - did agree that the pleasure advocated by Epicurus's teachings "wasn't as bad as we thought - it wasn't all about sex and booze after all."
Even the Stoic Seneca admitted "that the things Epicurus teaches are fair and just, and have something solid and serious."
"Epi's ideas do seem pretty logical - he just might be onto something."
Lucius A. Seneca, Jr, Stoic preacher and teacher, 345-406 After Epicurus Pathway, Rome, Roman Empire
Metrodorus was a contemporary of Epicurus and one of the major proponents of Epicureanism. He actually lectured at Epicurus's garden school in Athens and was a prolific writer, although few of his works remain. His words urging the pursuit of happiness reflect Epicurus's teaching:
Some men spend their whole life furnishing for themselves the things proper to life without realizing that at our birth each of us was poured a mortal brew to drink.
His testimony today might look something like this:
"Some men live like there is no tomorrow - spending their paychecks on material things, borrowing against their homes and racking up credit card debt - don't they know they can't take it with them? Life is short, so why not take care of what's really important? Family, friends, fishing - know what I mean?"
Metrodorus, Epi's best friend forever, 10-64 After Epicurus Pathway, Lampsacus and Athens, Greece
Epicurus has since developed a loyal fan club. His teachings have influenced the works of several of the best minds over the past 2,300 years: Horace, Marcus Aurelius, Lorenzo Valla, Michel de Montaigne, Pierre Gassendi, Thomas Hobbes, Bernard Mandeville, David Hume, John Locke, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Charleton, Benjamin Franklin and Bertrand Russell.
They all knew that true Epicureanism has nothing to do with the way many of the unenlightened interpret it - a hedonistic life spent lusting after the finest foods and wines.
As knew the nameless millions of Epicurus’s followers who were living their lives in stressFREE happiness in their circles of friends over 800 years – from 300 BCE till after 500 CE – in accordance with his tested and true principles.
Please Allow Me to Bring Epicurus into Your Life
From Pain to Pleasure: The Proven Pathway to Happiness will help you learn things about yourself that you never realized, because it teaches you how to:
- analyze your desires
- discover your personal fundamental needs
- discover your personal values and their hierarchy
- find the synergic satisfiers of your needs
- harmonize your strategies with your values
- achieve a higher level of congruence of needs-satisfiers-values-strategies
- fine-tune and harmonize the elements of your personal happiness
I am confident that after reading From Pain to Pleasure: The Proven Pathway to Happiness - which may be the most enjoyable and well-researched guide for non-philosophers ever written - you will nod in agreement and set off down your own pathway to stress-FREEDOM!
From Pain to Pleasure: The Proven Pathway to Happiness will teach you how to apply the tested and true Epicurean practices and principles to change your own life from anxiety and pain to pleasure. That's it - a life-changing yet not dry, not dull and boring, not painfully didactic but humorous happiness guidance for $18 or $9 (see below).
Think you may be too old - or too young - to learn about “attitude adjustment”? Epicurus believed change is never too early and never too late:
Let no one postpone practicing [Epicurean] philosophy while young, and let no one tire of it when old, for no one is either too soon or too late to devote oneself to the well-being of the soul. Whoever says that the time for philosophy has not yet come or that it has already passed is saying that it is too soon or too late for happiness.
He could say it today like this:
"OK, folks - time to stop dilly-dallying:
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Epicurus, Founder of the 2,300-year-old Practical Epicurean Happiness Training Institute, 1-71 Epicurus Pathway, Athens, Greece
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