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Published in Quill June/July 2006. Quill is published and copyright by the Society of Professional Journalists. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Kathleen Hall became one of the fortunate few. She lived a life filled with all the trappings of success: She had snagged a corner office in the tallest buildings in Atlanta and New York. She enjoyed marvelous vacations, wore fabulous clothes and had a beautiful family. Life is beautiful, right? One day, as she was following her same routine, she took the World Trade Center elevator up to her office. But this ride was different: Her chest was tight, she had trouble breathing, she thought she was having a heart attack. After escaping the elevator, she clung to the wall and didn't move for three hours. The diagnosis from a security guard: a panic attack. The panic attacks continued, and insomnia decided to join the party, too. A short time later. Hall decided to quit her job, bought a farm and commenced her search to define happiness. She writes about what she learned in her book A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness. After studying with great spiritual leaders and discovering the relationships between mind, body and spirit and personal and professional fulfillment. Hall discovered the "four roots of true happiness." They are serenity, exercise, love and food.