Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness

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Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness introduces us to an energetic puppy who believes that true happiness comes from having many cool toys and chasing cats. Developing a friendship with Bodhi, a wise, older dog offers Gavin opportunities to grow his appreciation and concern for others. When he finds out that Bodhi is suffering with a serious illness, Gavin is given a precious gift. With kindness and care, Bodhi teaches Gavin the secret to happiness.

Written by Albert Ramos, illustrated by Miguel Rivero, and edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron.

A book enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness has much to teach us about creating deeper meaning and satisfaction in our lives.

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08-07-21 Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness


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Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness is a beautifully crafted tale that inspires children to move away from the power of the material world in their quest for happiness. In this journey to find happiness we, along with Gavin, a playful pup, discover that lasting happiness is right here with us all along. A splendid gift.
—Donna Shove, Counselor/Educator

Told through the characters of pets and neighboring animals that just about all of us love and care for, Albert Ramos is skillful in getting the readers’ attention to his own hard-earned practical insights into happiness.
—Geshe Dadul Namgyal, Former Principal of Drepung Loseling School

In a world that all too often tells us the road to happiness leads through a store or online retailer, this beautiful story invites us to follow Gavin, Bodhi, and a delightful cast of friends as they show us the true path to a meaningful life— kindness, love, and compassion.
—Russell Kolts, Ph.D., Director, Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center

Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness is a sweet children’s tale that highlights the beauty of a compassionate life. As a parent, I would love to have more books like Ramos’ that illustrate the value of being grateful for what we have, open to new ways of being and doing, and having empathy and loving kindness for all fellow creatures. The insights shared in this story are a gift to us all!
—Naomi Delaloye, M.Ed., Middle School French and Spanish Teacher

Albert Ramos effectively takes on important topics such as adversity, perspective taking, and compassion-based responses in a manner that is playful, fun, and child-centered.
—Ryder Delaloye, Ed.D., Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development