An updated edition of a beloved classic, The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living, the original book on happiness. The book offers new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.
Nearly every time you see him, he’s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He’s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence, you can’t help feeling happier.
If you ask him if he is happy, even though he has suffered his country’s loss, the Dalai Lama will give you an absolute yes. Moreover, he will add that happiness is the purpose of life and that our life’s very motion is toward happiness.
How to understand Happiness?
How to get there has always been the question. He has tried to answer it before. But he has never had a psychiatrist’s help to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.
The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books. It remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.
The authors make the point, time and time again, that happiness is a state of mind more than being driven by external events.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion; and if you want yourself to be happy practice compassion.”His Holiness the Dalai Lama
It appears that compassion is a prerequisite for cultivating happiness. Developing compassion is the main focus in many of the Dalai Lama’s answers to Cutler’s questions.
What Does The Art of Happiness Offer?
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is co-authored by Dr. Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist, who posed questions to the Dalai Lama over a series of interviews. The book delves into the concept of using various techniques to train the mind to achieve true happiness.
Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together, the authors explore many aspects of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of prosperity. They explained how to progress through life’s barriers on a deep and lasting source of inner peace.
The book is based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense. The Art of
Happiness crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. This book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits worldwide.
Final Thoughts on The Art of Happiness
The Dalai Lama’s wisdom is clear, simple, and practical. He addresses many issues that we all face in daily life. Following his wisdom, you can eliminate any self-sabotage and self-created annoyances in life~ really! His wisdom also allows you to cope with the suffering that we all inevitably experience in life.
The Art of Happiness puts things into perspective, encouraging you to take a step back and realize that life is not about wealth and material items. It emphasizes that the only thing we really have is the present to embrace every second.
This book also encourages you to quit holding grudges. It also motivates us to be more empathetic and understand that we’re all humans. Overall, I am very impressed by this book. This book is a great read for everyone willing to have an open mind.
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