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Money matters in a marriage. But money is also the No.1 cause of divorce. So, get your money wisdom.
Avoid committing the Seven Deadly Sins, which breakup a marriage.
Getting and staying married gives you happiness. Get the happiness wisdom based on the science of happiness.
To satisfy an inflated ego, one needs to control others. Healthy marriage partners accommodate, instead of controlling, each other.
Getting married just to make you "happy" is only a self-delusion.

Getting married is about "two living as one" -- which requires greater effort on both marriage partners to turn their co-existence into a success.

Getting married is all about "accountability" to each other and "living in reality" in the material world.
The TAO is the ancient wisdom from China. This book contains the 81 chapters with the author's own interpretation.
To understand biblical wisdom which is for the soul, you need profound human wisdom -- which is the TAO wisdom.
To live and survive in a world of depression, you need the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, more than 2,600 years ago.
Learn how to let go of all your attachments to the present and the past that define "who" you think you are. Be your true self.
Living wisdom is the art of living well, which is based on the integration of the contemporary wisdom, the ancient wisdom, and the biblical wisdom. It provides a blueprint for you not only to live but also to survive in this material world.

The author also provides a recipe for what you should or should not do, so that you may live as if everything is a miracle.

So, live a life of passion and purpose with wisdom and self-enlightenment.
Live in the now, and live as if there were no tomorrow, and tomorrow is just another day, if you just don't die!
Live your life to the fullest in your golden years. Make the best and the most of what you have left and still make some new waves in the final chapters of your life.
A 233-page book to stay younger and healthier for longer! Mature youthfully instead of getting old gracefully!
The TAO is both  your compass and roadmap for your journey of aging. It helps you get to your final destination.
This book explains in detail all the aging problems and their respective solutions.

Positive aging requires the biblical wisdom from the Book of Revelation, which enlightens the mind with salvation and eternal life.

In addition, the TAO wisdom may also help the elderly live in reality in advanced years, especially when they are confronted by many daily changes and challenges.

Many pray simply because they want their "expectations to be fulfilled." So, you must have the wisdom to  know where human expectations have come from.
A cancer diagnosis may be an opportunity for personal growth and development, as well as for looking at one's health and life with totally different perspectives.
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This 200-page book is about how the TAO can heal one of the many autoimmune diseases afflicting humans worldwide.
A blueprint to enhance eyesight and improve vision health, with exercises based on Dr. William Bates' techniques!
Increase your baby's brain cells through spatial intelligence, non-verbal communication, emotional development, language  skills, and kinesthetic enhancement etc.
29 steps, 90 games and activities, 50 color illustrations to teach children to become proficient readers!
Get everything you need to know about a healthy pregnancy to have a healthy baby. All the "dos" and "don'ts" are critical even before and after the months of pregnancy.
Biblical wisdom may help your children see the real meaning of life, and develop their own passion and purpose for life.
Get the 12 strategies to creatively nurture your child's unique developing mind.
A natural and holistic approach to autoimmune diseases based on the author's  own experience and struggle against his myasthenia gravis!

For the past three decades, the author has been drug-free. In this book, he wants to share with you how he has overcome the symptoms of the autoimmune disease, such as muscle weakness, without his dependence on steroid medications.

ESL learners may have problems with English words and phrases that may look similar but are different in meanings.

This 122-page book has hundreds of prepositional words and phrases with explanations and examples.
Learn these everyday expressions for everyday situations. A must for ESL learners.
More than 900 American idioms with simple explanation and examples for ESL learners.
A manual on writing skills for anyone who wants to write well!

The book includes: basic grammar; common sentence errors; different types of sentences; paragraph development; style and usage.

Is writing such a difficult and daunting task? Not really. Is writing skill learnable? Absolutely!
Get the wisdom to love yourself and others, such as self-acceptance and loving-kindness, as well as to help yourself and your marriage partner to survive and thrive in your marriage.

Click here to find out how to get genuine love and accountability in marriage to live in reality, instead of in fantasy.
Get the TAO wisdom to live every aspect of your daily life in balance and perfect harmony, including:   pursuing your careers, making your money, maintaining your good relationships, getting married, raising your children, health and healing, aging and dying. The TAO shows you how to live as if everything is a miracle.

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The Bible says wisdom is everything. "Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding." (Proverbs 3:13)

Without wisdom, there is no understanding.

But why is understanding important?

Without understanding, anything and everything in life may seem paradoxical and inexplicable. It is this mindset that may make many people "not living in reality" -- in their minds they only see "unfairness" and "inequality." This distorted mindset may even lead many to committing crimes and violence: "Why shouldn't I rob them who've the money that I don't have?" or "They too have broken the law, so why shouldn't I do the same?"

Biblical wisdom is about "accountability" to God, which will give you spiritual "understanding." But if you are not a believer, that "understanding" may be irrelevant to you.

Having said that, human wisdom is indispensable in contemporary living. Human wisdom is not the same as acquisition of knowledge; human wisdom is the application of what you feel and understand to your everyday life and living. So, being knowledgeable does not necessarily mean being wise.

The TAO is the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, an ancient sage from China more than 2,600 years ago. The TAO has survived and thrived for thousands of years for a good reason: it is applicable to anything and everything in contemporary daily life. The TAO shows you all the hows and the whys of anything and everything happening in your life, including the following: growing up, receiving education, earning a living, making money, getting married, starting a family, raising children, staying healthy, growing old, and dying.

The TAO helps you confront all your daily challenges, and live in balance and harmony.

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                                   THE ORIGIN OF DEPRESSION

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.” Joyce Meyer

Man is inherently desirous of happiness. We all want to become happy; without happiness, human existence may have become meaningless. Therefore, we all want to avoid unhappiness, and this self-defense mechanism may then develop into addictive habit patterns that have ultimately become some of the characteristics of our individual personality, affecting how we think. In other words, to avoid unhappiness, we may subconsciously begin to "lose contact with our realities" and thus become the persons we are not supposed to be. Depression is a mental struggle against unhappiness that an individual wishes to avoid, and in the process becomes a different person-a person with ever-changing moods and temperaments.

To illustrate, a baby or toddler-even well-fed, dry, and comfortable-may cry because he or she wants happiness, which is not being separated from the parents; crying or screaming is the only self-defense mechanism against being separated and feeling unhappy. As that baby or toddler continues to grow, that normal child will ultimately learn the reality that to be separated from the parents is just a normal and necessary part and parcel of life and maturity.

However, the mental and emotional growth and maturity of that same child may not be consistent with his or her physical growth and mental maturity, and this inconsistency or disparity may subsequently lead to many mental and emotional problems later in life, such as recklessly driving a car, engaging promiscuously in sex, taking drugs or addicting to alcohol. If the mental and emotional problems are not properly and fully addressed and resolved, that same adolescent turning into a young adult may continue to develop more problems, such as compulsive gambling or shopping sprees. As that same individual continues to grow and mature, there may be many other problems that crop up along his or her life journey, including problems in career, marriage, family, health, money, and among many others. All these life problems and challenges may continue to create more behavioral patterns, which are only the manifestations of that individual's desperate struggle against the unhappiness associated with emotional, mental, and physical problems; they are just the self-defense addictive behaviors of that individual striving desperately to overcome depression. In other words, that individual simply wants to avoid un-happiness resulting from the many life problems and challenges encountered. 
The Unattainable Happiness

"The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness." Fyodor Dostoevsky

Depression is no more than a personal struggle against unattainable happiness, which is the essence of life and living. Therefore, almost everybody is always in quest of happiness. Sadly, to many, the quest for happiness is forever unreachable-just like a carrot-and-stick in front of a mule; the more pain inflicted on the mule by the stick: the more desire the mule demonstrates to reach out for the forever unattainable carrot in front. In many ways, a depressed individual is just like that mule with self-inflicted pain, which is the depression-the more unhappy that individual feels, the more depressed that individual will become, and the longer that vicious cycle of depression will continue, only plunging that depressed individual deeper into a fathomless black hole of despair and hopelessness. Depression is no more than a mental manifestation of the forever unattainable happiness that an individual strives to seek.

But why is human happiness so elusively and evasively unreachable and unattainable? The answer is, surprisingly, quite simple: happiness has to do with one’s perceptions of life experiences, and thus the thinking mind plays a pivotal role in that respect. That is to say, human happiness and the human mind are inter-related; without profound human wisdom, the pursuit of happiness is like wandering in the wilderness without a compass and a road map. Indeed, true human wisdom holds the key to opening the door to understanding true human happiness.

Given the close connection between depression and happiness, understanding true human happiness may help a depressed individual overcome his or her depression.

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Stephen Lau
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