The book begins with a brief history of a college professor who is offered a position at Case Western Reserve University-School of Medicine. From there, he drove to Cleveland with his family and anchored there for a time. He liked the mid-western hospitality and the culture. Ultimately, he accepted a position at Stonybrook.
A number of important statements are argued in this book. For instance, showing love and concern can be good for our health. People who are integrated socially tend to live longer. Suicide is more common when connectedness is disrupted with no viable replacement option. In short, isolation kills. Having the right vista, sounds, architecture and color combinations relieves stress.
Love flows from the universe outwardly through us. By extension, love flows through our auras. Dwelling on love is known to help the immune system function better. In addition, communities with sympathetic members have more offspring. The idea of helping others contributes to our living longer and more meaningful lives.
The author calls upon us to love others, honor a moral dimension, appreciate thankful simplicity and aim toward higher purposes or goals. A related challenge is to find similar people who hold our views. The closest group membership holding these views is the Amish in America. There are others around the world like Buddhists. A number of Christians , Jews and others live life simply and meaningfully.
The book is a wonderful diversion into an area of contentment which few people come to appreciate until near the end of life.
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