What is happiness, and how is it created?

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Los Angeles, California. “We say we want to be happy. If that’s what we really want, we should start planting seeds of happiness,” so says Kazushi Okamoto in his new book If You Plant Seeds of Happiness, Flowers of Happiness Will Bloom.

But what exactly are seeds of happiness? In this book the reader is guided with clear and uncomplicated language as to how karma works and what to do in order to improve ourselves and our relationships.

If you throw a ball gently against a wall, it will return to you gently, says Okamoto. In the same way the energy that we put into an action is the measure of what returns.

As the world struggles to emerge from a prolonged recession that has affected jobs, housing, businesses and entire governments, a stark and personal toll has been taken. Individuals looking for answers may find them in If You Plant Seeds Of Happiness, Flowers Of Happiness Will Bloom. Those who can accept that what appears in their lives is nothing more than the results of their own actions will have taken their first steps toward a brighter, happier future.

As a Buddhist missionary Okamoto has lectured around Japan, teaching the Buddhist philosophy and helping people surmount personal obstacles. In his writing, the depth of his thought is belied by the simplicity of his prose. He writes with a clarity that is accessible to children but profound enough to stir adults.