To the God who guides me,

To my grandfather Mario,

To my parents for giving me life,

To Catalina the love of my life,

To my son Santiago for teaching me to live more slowly,

To my twins, Alicia and Juan Juan, for inspiring me to write this book and showing me the formula for Happiness

PROLOGUE

Andrés has written a book whose central character

is happiness understood as a state of fullness, of feeling good. The state opposite to happiness is suffering, the cause of which is, according to Buddha, is attachment. Pain is also opposed to happiness, but since this is not a permanent state, it will be interrupted by frustrations that cause suffering, but frustrations are never an impediment to being happy again.

-This is a cyclical process that repeats over and over again. Only those who achieve enlightenment, Nirvana, Buddha, are freed from suffering. This suffering is mental, psychological and a product of what we think. Pain, on the other hand, is physical and is felt in the body.

-Andrés in his pages tells us experiences with which he has been happy and due to his generous nature, he has proposed to make them known so that the reader, supported by the conclusions that are offered, can conquer your own happiness. In no paragraph of the book does he quote Buddha, nor does he oppose the attachments he feels towards his wife, his three children, his parents and his friends as well as his own attachments. For the reader these are clear indications to help the good living on his existential path.

Andrés is an example of self-improvement, someone who started from the lowest rung of the economic ladder and has been rising thanks to his intelligence, positive attitude and education. He is an excellent reader and a successful lecturer as you will see from his experiences, some narrated here, a book that is eagerly read because it is interesting, easy and pleasant to read.

Introduccion

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It is incredible how calm it was in the intensive care room, I had been there for several days and I felt great because my mind was clear, I was not worried, I felt that God was with me and I was in a state that in positive psychology they call flow. This is a concept proposed by the psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihály, in 1975, which is related to creativity, talent and happiness. It is also one of the basic pillars of positive psychology. It is also known as “being in the zone” since the person who performs an activity is completely concentrated, energized, participatory and enjoying. In essence, flow is characterized by being absorbed in what one is doing and momentarily lost in space and time. I don’t like the word flow because it makes me think of a reggaeton artist with hip pants, large gold chains on his chest and music with lyrics that are not exactly poetic, but after investigating,

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I discovered that for many years Eastern cultures and religions such as Buddhism and Taoism have used it to refer to states of great happiness and balance of body and mind.

Being in a clinic is never easy for anyone because it is having death close by, it is being surrounded by machines that sound non-stop, seeing patients getting complications and doctors and nurses running from one place to another. However, being in the middle of this scenario did not cause me hopelessness or worry, I even felt strange since regularly I did not lead life so calmly.

In that intensive care room there were many children with different pathologies, some sicker than others, like a baby who had some episodes of seizures. Among them was my beautiful Alicha, as we call my daughter Alicia. She was not ill but was undergoing preventive controls because she was born weighing less than two kilograms and since a baby decreases 10% of its weight in the first days after birth, we had to wait to find out if all of her organs were developed. My other twin son Juan Juan was at home with his mother because he had no weight problems.

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My wife Catalina was with her heart in her hand after having to leave her newborn daughter in the intensive care unit and not being able to see her again until she was discharged and I would be able to take her home. That’s why I stayed there with Alicha. They had to do a lot of studies and monitor her constantly. First, they began to give her an ounce of the bottle so that they could gradually increase the amount of food from her. They told me that if everything went well, and I proved to be a good dad by being able to feed her and remove the gases without problem, in a few days we could go home.

One of those nights, I noticed that something was happening because all the doctors and nurses were together and they looked worried. After sharing long waiting hours we already knew each other, we had had several conversations, I felt that they loved me and helped me a lot because it was not common to see a father there since those who accompany their babies are generally mothers. After what seemed like many meetings, one of the nurses came to my side and I saw that she began to prepare a crib, Alicha was asleep and something told me that they were going to take her out of the incubator.

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I am sure that before I would have been angry and would have asked for thousands of explanations but when I found myself in that state of tranquility, of flow, where even I did not understand so much peace, I just thought that if they had decided in that medical meeting that my daughter was the baby they had to take out of their incubator was for two main reasons: she no longer needed to be there, she was the one with the least complications in the entire room, and there would be a baby for whom it was a matter of life and death to be in the incubator.

When I confirmed with the nurse that they were going to take her out of the incubator, or the spaceship as my eldest son Santiago called it, she congratulated me for taking it in a good way because they did not know if I was going to understand what was happening.

It was very late and there were no more parents in the room. I spent hours there because the baby had to drink a bottle every three hours without fail, she also had to have gases removed and a change of diaper. The truth is I did not want to leave her alone for a minute. When I looked directly into her eyes, I saw a little angel and it seemed as if she wanted to speak to me. We had a wonderful connection and I think she still remembers that experience because now, after two years, she doesn’t let go of me for a minute.

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I saw a baby who was very ill and two premature twins had just been born, I think five months old, who had to be intubated and needed the incubator urgently. Seeing those twins together and in this state of gravity, I began to understand many things when I thought about the suffering of their parents and how lucky I was. So, I looked at my daughter, I hugged her tightly and tears rolled down my cheeks until one of her fell on her nose. She did not wake up, she understood that it was my way of telling her that I loved her.

From one moment to the next, from the bottom of my heart and without thinking, I concentrated and thanked God for having the opportunity to be there. There are many people who do not have access to good health care in our country. Every day we hear of complaints from users who spend months waiting for appointments for a specialist. Fortunately I had the opportunity to be there, in that clinic, which I consider the best in the city, with the best professionals.

Some will think that I am crazy to say that at that moment I began to feel that I was talking to God. But I’m not, I don’t know why he noticed me and had the grace to speak to me. Maybe he saw

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my sincere gratitude because never, in my 42 years of life, had I achieved that level of spiritual connection. Many events of my life began to go through my mind, I thought that I am blessed because I have achieved and have everything I have ever wanted: a wonderful and large family; Being from a humble family I studied high school in a private school; I am a professional, I specialized and have been working for 21 years in the company I always dreamed of; I have a beautiful wife, a very intelligent and loving seven-year-old son and, as if that were not enough and without any inheritance, I have Alicha and Juan Juan, my two twins who steal my breath and my sleep.

I thought that my life was unique and extraordinary but I had never been so aware of it to the point that I came up with the lines of this book one by one. This book is a story written in an intensive care room, guided and dictated by God and the Holy Spirit who wanted me not to leave this world without sharing with all of you my key stories, those unexpected miracles, turning points or moments unique ones that I will be grateful for over and over again. I remembered great people who have crossed my path, people who without having to,

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they reached out to me, helped me, gave me advice, a hug or scolded me from time to time.

I always wanted to write a book but it was only until December 2, 2018 that, in those circumstances, I had the inspiration to do it. Or rather, only until that day did God show me the way and inspire me in what to say and how to say it. I hope you enjoy it because it is the formula for happiness, simple and proven by the hundreds of people who have heard me tell it.

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In this book you will find 15 keys or guides that will help you take your life on the path to happiness.

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Key 1

Be thankful for how much or how little you have.

Being happy is simple: it is a matter of positive attitude towards what we have and what happens to us.

Part 1, Talking to god

Chapter 1

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The Origin of this book

when I connected with God in the intensive care room, and I thanked him from the bottom of my heart, he said: Why don’t you tell your story to the world? People are sad, heartbroken and do not want to understand that being happy is supremely easy as well as free.

It was not very difficult to convince me because I really enjoy talking and telling stories. So there, in that same room, I said yes: that I was going to start telling that message to the world, find the inspiration, that from that day on I put my life and that of my family in his hands to guide us and that if I had ever mistrusted Him, or had not been the good person He wanted me to be, to forgive me because only when my twins were born I understood the power of gratitude with Him as the only way to be happy and make others happy.

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The idea was to write this book telling the main key stories that have changed the course of my life, my many miracles. Not so that they know about me but so that they understand that we all have thousands of key stories, or miracles, in life and we do not take care of them, we are not aware of them. My idea is that they find their own key stories, thank God and the people who made them possible and thus discover the infinite power that gratitude has.

Being in that intensive care room, I began to write: ideas flowed easily to me, I knew how many chapters the book would have and what characters. I started doing research on the internet every time Alicha fell asleep and took the opportunity to organize what the book would be. He believed that she had discovered the subject because she thought that he was the only one who had thought of it or the only one whom God had chosen for such an important mission. But I realized that there is a whole world economy that revolves around the pursuit of happiness with thousands and thousands of books, mentors, coaches and even famous universities like Harvard and Yale that have well known courses on how to be happy.

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The literature on the subject of happiness is extensive and that is why it took me two years to write this book, while reviewing and learning from several of the happiness-loving psychologists, psychiatrists, and writers. I discovered that it is a subject that I am passionate about and the more I studied and read, the more questions and concerns I resolved, the more I wanted to help the world be a little happier and the more I wanted to find what the formula for happiness was. For example, I was very impressed to learn that the most famous course at Harvard University, in Boston, United States, with approximately two thousand students per year was one called “Greater Happiness” taught by Tal Ben Shahar, a professor specialized in positive psychology who coined the phrase “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” It seemed incredible to me that more than a thousand students signed up for the classes of this unique psychologist every six months.

Ben Shahar, in addition to being a teacher, has also published several books such as “Happiness” or “Being Happy is Your Decision.”

What is happiness? I could google it and put a nice and interesting definition and that

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Descresse, so that they say what writer, what a wise man and thus capture their attention so that they continue reading my work, continue to be enthusiastic and want to know my life story and that of many people who, inspired by my subsequent lectures, were encouraged to tell and share with others. I gave in to the temptation, to go to Google and when I searched, I got 158 ​​million possibilities in just 0.69 seconds. Unbelievable. Everyone, from a dog to a cat, has come up with and invented a definition of happiness. I found thousands of books, authors and bibliographies. I found articles on how to be happy, foods that make you happy, why sports make you happy, how prayer and meditation make you happy and even drinking coffee makes you happy and suddenly I felt really bad for never having read a book on happiness. It may be because I thought I was happy but until that night in that intensive care room, I confess that I understood what it really means to be happy. Comment by : Runoff

Seeing that there was so much information about happiness, I was very disappointed and threw in the towel many times, because who was going to read the book of an unknown young man from a small town while so many international and national authors have already Comment by : Threw in or threw*

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written so many books? So, I started reading all of them, I wanted to learn, study and know everything there was about the art of being happy, find out if my formula for happiness made sense and, most importantly, if it made sense to tell the world about it as I had promised do to God. Comment by : Review

While I was studying and as I was no longer convinced to write this book, the idea of ​​holding a lecture, something experiential and theatrical, came to my mind. I began to structure what today is the talk “The Formula of Happiness” that it led me to create a second talk called “Climbing into an Extraordinary Life.” From these talks I got more ideas and anecdotes to tell in this book and in the next ones on the same topic.

I called two great friends, who had recently retired from their jobs to become entrepreneurs. They are Andrés and Jorge, the founders of the company Crea Consultores, a start-up founded in 2018 that specializes in developing business and service models articulating the digital scene to strengthen brand experiences.

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