The Happiest Man on Earth Summary, Notes, and Quotes

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Front book cover

The Happiest Man on Earth is a book about a person who lived his hardest life during World War 2. It’s the life of Eddie Jaku who has gone through life’s worst phase and yet found a way to live life. A story that reminds you every day that your life is not that hard, so enjoy every movement.

What would you do if one day, you came to your home and no one was there, you assumed that your family might have gone outside. So you went to your room for sleep and after an hour, someone broke the door of your house and beat you up for two to three hours.

Now, imagine, the same routine repeats for years and you can’t do anything about it because one person on top has gone mad (Hitler). This is the story of Edward Jaku OAM aka Eddie Jaku, The Happiest Man on Earth.

When I was reading the book, the only thought I had was “I wish I was there with Eddie to help him.”

It’s the story of Eddie Jaku and I won’t review the book but I will share five lessons that will make you aware of the things you have.

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Tell Your Mother You Love Her

Just like Eddie, I love my mother and I’m sure you love your mother too. No matter how old are you, go to your mother’s room and tell her that you love her, and spend time with her because you don’t know, how long she will be with you.

She loves you unconditionally and you know that too, she will never ask anything but it’s your duty to tell her “Mama, I love You and I’m here if you ever need anything”

That’s the only thing she wants from you.

Give her that, and tell her that.

The author lost his mother during World War 2 and didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. As he was writing this book, he said this,

If you have the opportunity today, please go home and tell your mother how much you love her. Do this for your mother. And do it for your new friend, Eddie, who cannot tell it to his mother. – Eddie

Hope is The Only Thing That Keeps men/women Alive

During World War 2, people were feeling hopeless. Many have taken their own life because they didn’t see that things would change and lost that one hope.

Eddie was there too but he didn’t lose one thing which is Hope. Hope was the one thing, why he lived for 101 years and hope was the one thing that he shared his story with us.

Eddie has given me one thing which is hope. No matter what happens from now, I have hope that things will change, and if not then I will try until I die.

No matter what you’re doing, if things are not working out but if you believe in what you’re doing then keep doing it and don’t lose hope. The day will come and you will thank yourself for not quitting like Eddie.

Smile and be Happy

Happiness does not fall from the sky; it is in your hands. Happiness comes from inside yourself and from the people you love. And if you are healthy and happy, you are a millionaire. – Eddie

You can’t be happy if you hate someone. You can’t get happy if you’re jealous of somebody. You can’t love someone if you don’t love yourself.

From this movement, be happy, life is not easy but you have to accept your life and ride on it with a smile on your face.

You can’t ask for a perfect life, you will face problems and you will fail at some point in your life but if you face all the problems with a smile on your face then you will be able to handle everything.

When you read the story of the author, you will for sure forget about all the problems you have because you will realize that your problems are nothing.

Please, every day, remember to be happy and to make others happy too. Make yourself a friend to the world. Do this for your new friend, Eddie. – Eddie

Hate is a Disease That Can Destroy You From the inside

Hate is a big word and you should never use that word because nothing comes good out of it.

Sometimes, you might win but that day, you will lose yourself.

Now, we all are humans and there will be days in your life when you hate someone and that movement, ask yourself “Why don’t I like this person or why do I hate this person”

Once you ask this, you will come back to the reality. The Ego you have or the grudge you have will be gone because you have questioned yourself.

Love Your Body

I am still in awe of the human body and what it is capable of. I am a precision engineer, and I have spent years making the most complicated, intricate machinery, but I could not make a machine like the human body. It is the best machine ever made. It turns fuel into life, can repair itself, and can do anything you need it to. That is why today it breaks my heart to see the way some people treat their bodies, ruining this wonderful machine we are all gifted by smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and poisoning themselves with drugs. They are demolishing the best machine ever put onto this Earth, and it is such a terrible waste – Eddie

What else can I say, your body is capable of everything you think of, you just have to show the path. Once you read this book, you will come to know the power of the human body.

Enjoy yourself, you don’t need to drink alcohol, consume cigarettes, or even drink coffee to start the day. You never needed this kind of thing…

Water is the only thing that you need and everything is created by big companies so they can make money out of you.

Understand that and see that, your body is not a dustbin. Take care of your health and everything else will get better.

To Eddie, my new Friend

He is not with us but he will stay with us forever. He has taught me lots of things about life and I will try to convey the same message to others.

We humans have a simple life, some might have a big house, lots of cars, and even lots of money but to live happily, you don’t need any of these things, you just need love (of course, water and food too).

So love yourself, and the people around you. Don’t hate anyone, let go of the past and live your life in the present.

Past has gone, future is yet to come but present is currently running as you’re reading this.

Now, go read the book, The Happiest Man on Earth.

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