For any one seeking contentment and a way to improve their life style in inauspicious times reading Stafford's latest book is a great way to start. His messages are clear and unequivocal. If the spirit is whole, then health of mind and body are likely to follow. Some sort of spiritual (not necessarily religious in a narrow sense) awareness is essential to our well being and is to be nurtured and developed. In hope and love are to be found a promise of the eternal in our lives, while anger, lust and over consumption are the main pitfalls to finding fulfilment. De-cluttering ones life is essential. The importance of establishing roots, cutting back on distractions and focussing by concentrating on one thing at a time is also emphasised. We are persuaded of the benefits of fresh air, exercise, meditation. We should learn the creativity of doing nothing, free from a sense of guilt. We are drowning in expert opinions says the author, and we should seek to avoid the enslavement of too much choice in life or over consumption of the world's goods.The reader is advised how to love, how to cook, how to eat, how to use time creatively and, most importantly, how to play. We are warned off listening to or watching bad news, indulging in self pity and grumbling. All good stuff, no whimsy, just hard common sense and well put together. It is a pity that no one thought proof reading was important. Nevertheless, this is an admirable book and is highly recommended.