The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

A Handbook for Living

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Penguin Putnam
An updated edition of a beloved classic—the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler. Don't miss the Dalai Lama's newest, The Book of Joy, named one of Oprah's Favorite Things. 

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's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward 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. The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.

Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard 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. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.

Random House, Inc.
An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler. Don't miss the Dalai Lama's newest, The Book of Joy, named one of Oprah's Favorite Things. 

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's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward 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. The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.

Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard 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. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.

Baker & Taylor
An updated edition of a best-selling classic by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Tibetan spiritual leader shares counsel on how to dedicate one's life to the pursuit of happiness while drawing on Buddhist principles in order to overcome obstacles and find inner peace.

Baker
& Taylor

An updated edition shares counsel on how to dedicate one's life to the pursuit of happiness while drawing on Buddhist principles in order to overcome obstacles and find inner peace.

Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2009
Edition: 10th anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781594488894
Characteristics: xxxii, 320 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cutler, Howard C. - Author

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jayeshaminnew
Jun 22, 2018

This book is somewhat hard to digest but really makes you change your perspective about how you think.

acardona305 Nov 06, 2017

The Dalai Lama offers much in terms of wisdom and seeks to bring all humans to his level of profound understanding of what it takes to live a happy life and change the way everyone looks at the world. A great read for anyone who wishes to change their outlook on life and interact with people on a whole new level.

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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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