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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living Paperback – 8 Nov 1999
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with the Dalai Lama and really press him about life's persistent questions? Why are so many people unhappy? How can I abjure loneliness? How can we reduce conflict? Is romantic love true love? Why do we suffer? How should we deal with unfairness and anger? How do you handle the death of a loved one? These are the conundrums that psychiatrist Howard Cutler poses to the Dalai Lama during an extended period of interviews in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. At first, the Dalai Lama's answers seem simplistic, like a surface reading of Robert Fulghum: ask yourself if you really need something; our enemies can be our teachers; compassion brings peace of mind. Cutler pushes: but some people do seem happy with lots of possessions; but "suffering is life" is so pessimistic; but going to extremes provides the zest in life; but what if I don't believe in karma? As the Dalai Lama's responses become more involved, a coherent philosophy takes shape. Cutler then develops the Dalai Lama's answers in the context of scientific studies and cases from his own practice, substantiating and elaborating on what he finds to be a revolutionary psychology. Like any art, the art of happiness requires study and practice--and the talent for it, the Dalai Lama assures us, is in our nature. --Brian Bruya
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I had a lot to highlight in this book, and it reconnected me with my daily practice of meditation. We could all use a little more kindness in this world, and when reading you sort of regain your faith in humanity a little.
I bought a few self help sort of books, to try & improve self contentment & happiness & to kill a bit of time at work, when it's quiet.
I started off with this one. I am not a reader to be honest, so I wanted something to break me in. It was easy enough to follow. I needed a dictionary for some of the words, but I understood it.
It's a mix of the dalai lama's principles, but then the western psychologist explains things in a way that we understand with case studies & examples. I believe it works very well. It has made me think differently about things & makes you realise that your happiness is about how you perceive & deal with situations.
The only thing that would be an improvement would be as if there was a summary at the end of the key points. However, it's not the end of the world. I'll read it again & make my own shortened down notes, to remind me of the key principles.
I wish the other books I bought off Amazon were as easy to follow as this one.
The book is that good, I am now going to see if there are books of a similar nature/theme.
A special thanks to Dr. Howard C. Cutler for all the topics treated on this amazing book! It has a nice flow from the beginning to the end covering all the essential aspects of our daily lives even for those who are not into Buddhism! ... YET!!