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The Art of Happiness

by Dalai Lama XIV


Most of us are looking for a way to be happier, but we just can’t find it. Luckily, in the Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama tells us exactly how to increase our happiness levels long-term, while also developing ourselves to become more wholesome, rounded people. The Dalai Lama’s advice comes in the form of interviews conducted by psychiatrist Howard Cutler. This book combines spirituality with science to give you a broad understanding of how happiness can be achieved.

We have compiled the Dalai Lama’s advice into several actionable steps that you can practice from the comfort of your own home. Most of the actions are for you to increase your own happiness levels, but there are also actions for problem solving, emotional control, and improving your interpersonal relationships (of course, all these actions will have a positive effect on your happiness too!) By integrating even two or three of these actions into your daily life, you will notice a significant positive change in your mood and quality of life.

About the Author

Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world's most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.

Great ideas from this book


1. To achieve happiness, first change your state of mind.

2. Follow your positive desires and ignore the negative ones.

3. Appreciate what you have.

4. Develop a sense of self-worth.

5. Pleasure does not equate to happiness.

6. Discipline your mind.

7. Meditate.

8. Generate compassion.

9. Do not be overly sensitive.

Emotional Control

10. Overcome your emotions of anger and hatred.

11. Meditate on anger to overcome it.

12. Reduce your anxiety.

Interpersonal Skills

13. Show empathy when dealing with others.

Problem-Solving Skills

14. Be flexible in your thinking.


15. Make positive changes by taking small steps.