“Happiness is good, but is not enough. Peace is good, and is enough,” posits Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu, author of Permanent Happiness: The only way to find peace, joy and your life-given purpose. Being happy is typically a temporary state, she says, because we tie it to external influences. But permanent, authentic happiness is achievable if we learn how to cultivate inner peace.
“We do, of course, find happiness at different points and phases in our lives. The problem is, this situational happiness tends to be short-lived. We are happy for a few days and then fall back into anxiety, sadness and/or worry,” Dr. Iyabo explains.
Permanent Happiness is a practical guide that reads like a conversation with a close friend. Peppered with relatable anecdotes from Iyabo’s own experiences — including her divorce, workplace stress and reentering the dating scene — the lessons between the covers resonate with three-dimensional quality.
Dr. Iyabo outlines three key principles of pursuing permanent happiness through finding lasting, internal peace. First is consciously choosing to change our character. Second, we must continuously nourish our spiritual and physical lifelines. Third, we must use our gifts to elevate and inspire those around us as well as ourselves. Individual chapters explore the roles that relationships, spiritual lives and physical lives play in this quest for balance and sustainable happiness.
At its core, enduring happiness is about striking a balance between physical lives and spiritual lives and understanding that when one goes off course the other must follow. Permanent Happiness aims to inspire readers to achieve this balance for a more fulfilling future.
Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu is a board certified pediatrician, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has been practicing medicine for 25 years and currently has her own practice in Atlanta where she lives with her two daughters. She has been teaching and mentoring medical students for 13 years and serves a disadvantaged community in Georgia. Dr. Iyabo also writes The Peace Place Blog, which can be found on her website, www.driyabo.com. You can also connect with her on Instagram at @driyabo; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iyabomd; on YouTube at Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu or on Twitter at @iyabomd.