The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living

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An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.

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…  See more details below

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An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.

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 a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can't help feeling happier.

If you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward 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.

The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.

Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard 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. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.


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ISBN-13:
9781101135167
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
32,934
File size:
479 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
JByrd84 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing and life changing book. I recommend that everyone buy two copies. One to keep and one to give away because you will want to share this with everyone you know and even people you don't know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must own book for everyone! I simply can not understand however why the price is $18.99 for the nook book edition. Seems a little off the spirit the title.
JP_Elliott More than 1 year ago
I am not a Buddhist but really admire their practical views on life. Most religions are about "God", this book outlines a religion that focuses on making us a better, more effective, happier person. I don't think "God" is mentioned in the book, except to say that other peoples religions are good and worthwhile if it helps them feel better about themselves and life and gives them happiness. The book is co-written by an American Psychiatrist, an revolves around him asking for answers and explanations from the Dalai Lama. Very interesting and educational, even though you might not agree 100% with the ideas of Buddhism. That is very OK with the Dalai Lama ---the books explains ideas rather than preaching.
literatissima More than 1 year ago
Eastern spirituality meets Western psychology in this book written and compiled by Howard Cutler, with quotations and subject matter from questions he posed to the Dalai Lama. (Spoiler alert) Some of the tactics include realizing that happiness must come from within, cultivating relationships based on compassion, replacing the focus of negative events with positive attributes such as gratitude for all we have vs. a fixation on what we do not. One need not be a Buddhist or religious to appreciate the information in this book. While I absolutely loved the first half of this book, I thought the second half was less engaging and almost tedious in its length. I found the bits of direct quotations from the Dalai Lama the most engaging and the lengthy waxings of Mr. Cutler somewhat interesting, although in need of a bit of savvy editing. However, the wisdom contained within the pages of this book is worthwhile and I recommend it to anyone who seeks the emotional state of happiness or the end of suffering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great work. Could have used some editing. A new way of life and thinking. This book will always stay with me and my thoughts throughout the day. This is a positive, up-lifting book.
Charlottes-son More than 1 year ago
The fineness of the man is reveled in this book. It is the story of his life and how to retain love and happiness. These are not found in ownership. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The words "life changing" and "must read" are used too often. This book, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, truly changed this Wiccan's view of spirituality and interacting with others in a more compassionate way. I will be gifting several copies this year for the holidays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. I really enjoyed this book because I found it really interesting and it helped me when I was in some of the situations in the book. I would recommend this book to any person who wants to improve their overall life or is just looking for a good book. It is a perfect book to read at the beach because while I was reading it I felt very relaxed and content with my life. It also feels like once I started to read this book I did not want to stop. It helps to guide people on how to relate to someone better; by showing how to put yourself in someone else`s shoes and look on the bright side of things. In society it seems many people tend to go into situations with a negative outlook, but in the book the Dalai Lama shows how to be optimistic and then those tough situations tend to disappear or become less difficult. I consider myself a positive person and this book has made me have an even more positive stance on life. His outlook on life is greatly influenced by the fact that he is Buddhist, but you do not have to be a Buddhist to take his advice. What many people do confuse is that this book is not a handbook for Buddhism; it is a handbook for living.
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This book did a great job of making me think. However, the author skips from topic to topic and never goes into what I would describe as "enough detail" on any one area. It was a good book, and I did enjoy reading it, but this book wasn't anything like the typical self-help book as we've come to know them, so I think I would need to read more of this type of book in order to get used to the differences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book largely on a whim. I had been feeling a bit down after a recent move when a friend recommended it. I figured I had some time and was maybe a little pessimistically curious about the book. It ended up being a surprisingly easy and interesting read that helped give me a different perspective on things. At the very least, the book had a positive impact on my thinking. I am glad I read it and still go back to it every once in a while months after first reading it.
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