Do you know what is keeping you from being as happy as you could be? It’s time to stop standing in the way of happiness. You can choose to be happy and content right now. Find out what thief is stealing your happiness and learn how to be happy.

About The Book

“A thought-provoking guide to sustained happiness.”
—Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness

Another practical and inspirational guide from bestselling author John Izzo! He shows that happiness is our natural state and explores five “thieves” that we let rob us of our innate sense of contentment.

A few years ago, Izzo began some deep soul searching. Despite being a successful consultant, a much-in-demand speaker, and a bestselling author, he didn’t feel happy. Of course just like everyone he too had some setbacks and

disappointments, but given the overall quality of life he knew he had it pretty good. And, as he shows in this book, both ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience say that we’re naturally wired to be happy. So why wasn’t he happy?

This unsettling feeling set him off on a journey—a kind of pilgrimage—to understand what was going on. As he walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain and spent time in the deserts of Morocco and in the Peruvian Andes, he reflected and began to identify five mental thought patterns that take our happiness from us. He calls them the Five Thieves of Happiness: control, conceit, coveting, consumption, and comfort.

Drawing on recent psychological research, the world’s spiritual traditions, and personal stories from his journey, Izzo describes the disguises these thieves wear, the tools they use to break into our hearts, and what we can do to lock them out once and for all. He shows how the same five thieves who rob us of our personal happiness are also destroying society as well. This book will help us all discover, develop, and defend the happiness that is our birthright as human beings, while finding ways to create a world we all want to live in.

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Are you ready to lock out the thieves and regain control of your personal happiness? Order your copy of The Five Thieves of Happiness today.


Many people have spent many decades searching for the lost secret of happiness, but John Izzo is the one who found it and shows us how to steal it back, naturally! For anyone hoping to live better, this book is an essential—and perhaps life-changing—read.
-Richard Leider, Bestselling author of The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags, Life Reimagined, & Work Reimagined
A powerful guide to becoming world-class happy.
-Robin Sharma, #1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title and founder of The Titan Academy
The Five Thieves of Happiness is brilliantly conceived, beautifully written, and thoroughly engaging. John Izzo gently challenges, provokes, and nudges us to rethink our fundamental assumptions about the pursuit of happiness and how we may just be picking our own pockets of the well-being that we seek.
-Jim Kouzes, Coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
The only things holding you back from complete peace of mind are mental, and this book shows you how to remove these barriers once and for all.
-Brian Tracy, Author of The Power of Self-Confidence
In a world on the brink of returning either to the dark ages, or entering the next great renaissance, John's book comes along to help us remember that happiness is available to us all, despite our circumstances, if we become present to the things that are keeping us from it, and choose it for ourselves.
-KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder/CEO Sustainable Brands
Five Thieves is a perfect complement to Five Secrets. Dr. Izzo gives us not only a pencil with which to sketch the good, but now the eraser to rid the bad.
-Dr. Geoff Smart, Chairman & Founder of ghSMART and coauthor of Who
I continue to be inspired by John Izzo as a professional and as a friend. I hope that The Five Thieves of Happiness can help you as much as he has helped me!
-Marshall Goldsmith, Bestselling Author of What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There
Happiness is a choice, but it requires effort and wisdom to pursue. In this thought-provoking book, Izzo helps identify the biggest stumbling blocks so that you can find a clearer path to sustained happiness and meaning in your life.
-Shawn Achor, NYTimes bestselling author of Before Happiness


Speaker & Best-Selling Author 

John B. Izzo, PhD has devoted the past twenty-five years of his life and career to facilitating deeper conversations about values, work, life, leadership, and success. He has spoken to over one million people, worked with thousands of leaders, professionals, and frontline colleagues in settings ranging from high tech to high touch, hotels to hospitals, and government agencies to entrepreneurial start-ups.

John is also a pioneer in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability movements and is a Distinguished Fellow at the East-West Institute—a non partisan think tank working on international security issues including food, water and energy security. He is a bestselling author of six books, including Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die which was the basis for a 5 hour PBS special, and Awakening Corporate Soul.

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