The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

by the Dalai Lama
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.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Lorna rated it ★★★★★ and said, “There is a lot of good stuff in this book. I had it checked out from the library and I didn’t want to return it because I wanted to keep studying everything that The Dalai Lama talks about. We can really learn a lot from people of other faiths. Basically what I learned from the book is that our unhappiness is usually always caused by negative thinking and that it is possible to train our minds to replace these negative (or distorted) thoughts with positive ones. He also talks a lot about the importance of having compassion and loving kindness towards all people.”

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