"The six universal principles introduced by our great teachers provide a strong path to happiness and civility in our lives."

The author’s book examines six principles: giving up the ego, refraining from judgment, doing daily good deeds, forgiving one another, sharing our good fortune, and caring for the needy. It expands upon these principles in each chapter by starting with stories, then relating these to the world’s great teachers such as Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and various philosophers. It then examines the science related to each principle and how to apply it to one’s daily life. For example, it looks at one’s false self, karma and good deeds, how to forgive, the effects of giving, how one can care for others less fortunate, and caring for one’s own loved ones. The conclusion focuses on enhancing thoughts, enhancing talk, and enhancing action.

This well-written, insightful book does an excellent job of introducing the great teachers, their views as related to each of the six topics, and the value of scientific inquiry while offering valuable ways to focus on goodness and happiness, which often come from darkness and sadness. Utilizing the personal stories of others humanizes the work, making it an easier read for those on a beginning path to such healing. It is also a researched book with references in the end which adds to the professionalism of the text. However, some quotes are not cited, leaving one wondering about their source. Overall, though, this is a book that many will find useful for examining their own needs and turning them into healthy relationships not only with the self but with others and the planet.

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