The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

A Handbook for Living

eBook - 1998
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One of the world's greatest spiritual leaders teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how readers can attain the same inner peace.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1998
ISBN: 9781101034811
1101034815
9781101042304
1101042303
9781101040218
1101040211
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: x, 322 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc
Cutler, Howard C.

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kwsmith
Aug 30, 2020

Howard Cutler, an American psychologist who researches happiness, conducted a series of formal interviews with Tibet's Dalai Lama and turned his copious notes into a book. It's an interesting pseudo-academic study about the merits of Buddhism, but perhaps not a very good self-help book. Cutler tries very hard to demonstrate how the Dalai Lama's words apply to "western" lives, but I think much of this wisdom works best for ascetic monks confined to dreary monasteries in the distant mountains.

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lilypad_1
Aug 09, 2020

A must read.

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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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