- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; New edition edition (11 Jan. 2007)
- Language: German
- ISBN-10: 1843545586
- ISBN-13: 978-1843545583
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill (German) Paperback – 11 Jan 2007
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`A remarkable book, untainted by the pretentious tone of many works that
offer life-enhancing advice.' -- Robert Chalmers, Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Mattieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk. He is also a translator, photographer and bestselling author. He lives in Tibet and Nepal.
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To get a flavour of what Ricard is saying (as well as a flavour of the man himself), you can watch a Google Techtalk he gave, entitled 'Change your Mind Change your Brain: The Inner Conditions for Authentic Happiness' (available free online, just type the title into Google).
What Ricard is suggesting involves training the mind over time, and is reassuringly tough to put into practice. Perhaps he could have included a chapter on how lethargic people like me can persuade ourselves to give this the every-day attention it needs! Yet Ricard's arguments in favour of at least trying such an approach are so overwhelming that they are a powerful spur in their own right. Give it a go!
It's clear from his other books that he has some buddhist beliefs that many westerners would view with some scepticism. However these metaphycis are (almost entirely) absent here. Happiness as a skill is the focus, and the approach is generally evidence based and empirical, although many of the arguments are expressed in metaphor.
Ultimately, he makes a very convincing case that happiness can be achieved through the kind of mind training he describes. For my own part, I can say that this book has improved my happiness, and that every time I open it I find something valuable.
Happiness is a state of mind, this book may help you to attain it
It covers the main poisons to happiness and how to tackle, giving a wide range of evidence to prove its credibility and at every point you are likely to relate to what is being said. Without a fascistic, prompting style it makes you WANT to change.
One of the main ideas that persists in the book is the fact that happiness is acquired and is NOT pleasure - there is a distinct and fine line. Pleasure is a basic human desire based on entertaining the senses, which with overload leads to apathy or even sickness. Happiness is the basic, transcending well-being that is for the most part independent of what is around; it is based on altruism and virtouous will.
A much recommended, engrossing read for such a small price.
Matthieu admits that he is a happy man and this shines through in every chapter. So too does both his knowledge and life experiences of both scientific and Buddhist thinking and practice. His ability to blend these two, often apparently contradictory schools, into a coherent and convincing approach to his subject is a special talent. Besides achieving all this in 'A guide to developing life's most important skill' (the sub-title) this true sage of an author also makes the topic accessible to anyone and everyone.
This book should be a standard text in all schools. It's message is not only profound but urgently needed in today's world: we CAN all be happy! OK, it might not be a quick fix, but after reading this book you'll be ready, and well prepared, for a journey to our natural, inner essence: of happiness through awareness and compassion.
Amongst the many positive qualities of this book are the regular exercises to help the reader understand his points through first-hand experience . . . and wonderful quotes from the many wise-men (from many different backgrounds and faiths) he's had the pleasure to share his path with.
There is perhaps one compliment that only another author can give to another: if I had to recommend a book to somebody and had to choose between one of my own and this one . . . I'd choose Matthieu's every time . . . and be happy to do so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this book excellent. Explains all about emotions and how meditation can help you achieve happiness. Gave plenty of methods to help yourself. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant and inspiring book. Written in a straightforward way with clear examples I truly believe this book has the power to change people's behavior positively.Published 28 days ago by Matthew Law
Bought this book after hearing about the author while attending a Mindfulness: Stress Reduction course. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Tattersall
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