WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors books The Two Most Important Days How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Happier, Healthier Life J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer sanjiv chopra likes to tell this story about the late Beatle, John Lennon. "When John was five years old, his teacher gave the class a writing assignment on what they want to be when they grow up. John wrote: 'Happy.' His teacher said, 'John, you didn't understand the assign- ment.' To which John replied, 'And you don't understand life.'" Regardless of living conditions, health, or income, all human beings want to be happy, says Chopra. "We can learn much from children." But with age, that clarity seems to muddle. Many people spend their adult lives searching for happiness, looking in the wrong places, finding temporary answers. Sanjiv Chopra, of Weston, and Gina Vild, of Wellesley, co-authors of The Two Most Important Days: How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Happier, Healthier Life, believe the desire to enjoy sustained happiness is hardwired into everyone's DNA. "The yearning is universal, transcending age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances," they write, and yet everyone has the ability to find long-term happiness if they make the right choices. Their new book offers motivation, research, and resources to help. Tellingly, the book takes its title from Mark Twain, who wrote, "The two most important days are the day you were born and the day you find out why." Sanjiv Chopra, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and James Tullis Firm Chief, Department of Medicine, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, is a former faculty dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of several books C O U R T E S Y O F T H O M A S D U N N E B O O K S , S A N J I V C H O P R A , A N D G I N A V I L D 156 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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