Books Reviews

Happy 95% of the Time

Happy 95% of the Time by Walter Doyle Staples


In his latest book, Dr. Walter Doyle Staples invites his readers to experience life as fully aware, fully conscious, and fully functioning individuals. Staples presents powerful and life-changing ideas and concepts on how to transcend our ego-based state of consciousness to achieve deep peace, profound love, and infinite joy.

Happy 95% of the Time explains how our attachment to our egos can only create dysfunction and suffering in our lives, resulting in fear, anger, guilt, regret, depression, and/or despair. Staples contends we need to awaken to a new consciousness and experience a new beginning.

Happy 95% of the Time describes in detail the three primary ways to overcome low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, and depression:

· Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)—an example of Western, left-brain analytical thinking
· Practical spirituality—an example of Eastern, right-brain mystical thinking
· Mindfulness meditation—an inner-body, contemplative approach designed to manage our internal thought processes in order to calm the mind

Numerous world-renowned authorities on personal success—from Jack Canfield, Ken Blanchard, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale to Art Linkletter, Anthony Robbins, and Brian Tracy—have praised Staples’s previous books. We are sure they—and you—will find Happy 95% of the Time just as valuable and compelling.


In this book, Staples explains complex concepts, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and Practical Spirituality in simple, clear ways. There are some practicable steps to counter depression but most of it is quite theoretical.

Staples also repeats himself quite often and in a long-winded manner. Maybe the fact that I have read extensively about the three concepts and expected a novel approach did not help.

To summarize, this was not the book I expected it to be. However, it had some noteworthy quotes in it, such as the following: 

Look around you.
How much confusion do you see in nature?
Do not seeds sprout? Do not flowers blossom? Do not rivers flow?
Do not birds sing? Does not the wind blow? Does not the rain fall?
This can only be described as pure perfection, and it abounds everywhere on earth.
This begs the question:
What can you learn from nature to make your own life more perfect, more meaningful, more profound?

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