"Do not search for happiness in inanimate objects...base your image on external features, but instead make sure you shape a valuable and beautiful personality."

At a young age, this author of Greek heritage began to study the teachings of ancient Greek philosophers as well as modern counterparts. From his research has come a personal philosophy. He passes this along to others in the format of over one hundred tips for living life well. The author recommends that his handbook be read three times before stopping to analyze which ideas suit, understanding that any change, mental and/or actual, requires time.

Chapter 1 offers sixty tips to good self-relationships. For example, the truth is to be faced and always spoken, we must look inside first to understand the outside, and traditions have value. Chapter 2 provides sixty more tips, these presenting methods to have and keep good relationships with others. He warns the reader to disallow “cheers and flattery” since our actions should be based on personal decisions. He also advises readers to spend time with aging parents while they are still alive. In Chapter 3, we learn about life and death as the author perceives them. Life events, including losses and personal aging, serve as lessons that teach the value of time and may relieve some fear of the unknown.

The author’s advice is well-thought-out and carefully documented in a 76-page self-help handbook. Such words of wisdom from a young person are much needed in this age of self-centeredness and skepticism. From his recent proximity, Litsas understands intimately the dangers to youth of succumbing to peer pressure or wasting life on meaningless things. Many books on philosophy make demands that are difficult for the average person to apply. This refreshing and practical handbook is one in which any reader can find personal value and then pass these insights along to others.

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