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Book Review: Becoming the Happiest Human Being on the Planet by Thach JD Hoang

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Becoming the Happiest Human Being on the Planet: Living the Joy, Peace, Love And Freedom Driven Life by Thach JD Hoang is a compendium of advice on how to live life more happily. Hoang explains that life must be lived and appreciated every day despite triumphs, disappointments and ordinary experiences. Each of us has a vision which guides our heart and mind in a particular direction. The past is a treasure of both insight and vision. Despite yesterday, today is a new day to be appreciated.

Each person, according to Hoang, has a calling in life. The calling leads to a unique destiny. The daily work reflects a strong personal passion. A calling is a larger purpose in life and not a daily job. Creative growth takes place as personal gifts and strengths are exploited to the maximum ultimately leading to a fulfillment in life itself. The passion of living and working is driven by the heart and not the mind alone.

Family and personal relationships are the most valued things in life, Hoang notes. These valuable aspects lead to intimacy, trust and bonding. Friendships are an alternate source of emotional support and nourishment. Human connections are just as important as food, water and sunlight. A condition precedent to most relationships is to accept people as they are without the need to reshape them. The best way to influence people to be happy is for each of us to project happiness. To be happy means to give as well as to receive. Belief systems have a common core impact on life itself.

Challenge, as Hoang reminds us, is a part of life. Loss is a part of life. Without it, growth and change would not exist. Loss involves pain. Anger or disappointment is vented; depression ultimately lifts and survival reaffirms life itself with learning from the past. And so, there is gain in loss. The most advanced state in life is to be able to turn every challenge into a stepping stone of triumph.

Difficulties strengthen each of us to be able to adapt to change by developing coping strategies. Sometimes critical decisions must be made. The guiding light is to select the best alternative available and take action. Challenges are required to develop inner strength which leads to growth. The first step in changing a bad situation is to acknowledge it and search for effective coping strategies. Every problem has defining characteristics which, if studied fully, will lead to a solution or better coping mechanism. This is true for individuals, groups and even nations.

The body itself is a temple for the soul. As such, health and wellness are paramount. Sleep and adequate rest should come naturally. The soul is the core of being. Resultingly, the soul lives a timeless and eternal existence. Life fades in the agonal stage just preceding death. Our thoughts and wit slow down until the body feels heavier and more of a burden. At some point, each of us takes a last breath and passes into eternity.

Thach JD Hoang states that death brings many aspects of life into closer range. Examples of these aspects are the following:

It will no longer matter what I have.

The victories and successes that seemed so important will vanish.
It won’t matter where I came from or where I lived.
All my wishes, determinations and plans will be done.
All my angers, disappointments and envies will finally disappear.
My gender, race or personality won’t matter.
It’s not what I acquire but what I assemble that matters.
All that matters now is my every act of kindness, integrity, compassion, courage and sacrifice that enriched, empowered and encouraged myself and others to live each day with joy, peace, love and freedom.

Becoming The Happiest Human Being On The Planet is about the development of coping strategies to manage the process of living life to the fullest extent possible given the tribulations that come to all of us randomly throughout life. The author came to America as a war refugee at the end of the Vietnam Conflict. His presentation is absolutely clear and concise in this book. Pearls of wisdom are given to a wide audience in every profession and calling in life.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.