The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

A Handbook for Living

Book - 1998
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"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 an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is towards happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand." "Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1998
ISBN: 9781573221115
1573221112
Branch Call Number: 294.344 Bs
Characteristics: x, 322 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cutler, Howard C.

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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 spen... Read More »

This was my introduction to the psychology and philosophy of the teachings of the Buddha and so moved me to begin my long spiritual journey.

A wise approach to dealing with human problems that is both optimistic and realistic, even in the most challenging times. How can we expect to find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems such an unhappy placeThrough stories, meditations, and in-depth conversations, the Dal... Read More »


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josiahabarber
May 27, 2016

Great writing about cultivating compassion and positive emotioball state.

Some notes I jotted down:

Seek happiness
Cultivate that which brings joy and decrease stress

When thinking about things that make you anxious, use that opportunity to think about how to deal with the situation.

Use negative experiences to balance yourself and gain perspective. What knowledge can you gain?

Knowledge and education is important to making a change.

Gain perspective. Try to think the best of others and their motives. Try to understand their situations. We're all human first, and can all relate to each other through that lens.

Change occurs gradually, little by little. Learn, contemplate, plan, then take action.

Even Anger can be used to motivate change.

Don't worry
If your intentions are pure
If there is no solution

johannamac Oct 21, 2011

A really great book. Very common sense advice but it discusses behaviours we tend to overlook. A definite read for those wanting to improve their thought and behaviour patterns.

thart Oct 19, 2011

An incredible book that will change the way you think about life no matter what religion you were raised with or currently practice. A simple but profound handbook for life.

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amandine42
Jun 11, 2011

Loved this book for its simplicity and wisdom.

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