The Importance of Happiness In A Life Worth Living

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This weeks Weekly Wisdom is on Matthieu Ricard and his view on happiness in a life worth living.  What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.  The following is an article that was published in April of 2009 by Matthieu Ricard:

 

Happiness is, to begin with, a love of life. To have lost all reason for living is to open up an abyss of suffering. As important as external conditions may be, suffering, like well-being, is essentially a state of mind. Understanding that is the key prerequisite to a life worth living. What mental conditions will sap our joie de vivre, and which will nourish it?
Changing the way we see the world does not imply naive optimism or some superficial euphoria. So long as we are prone to the dissatisfaction and frustration that arise from the confusion that rules our minds, it will be just as futile to tell ourselves ‟I’m happy! I’m happy!” over and over again as it would be to repaint a wall in ruins. The search for happiness is not about looking at life through rose-colored glasses or blinding oneself to the pain and imperfections of the world. Nor is happiness a state of exaltation to be perpetuated at all costs: it is the purging of mental toxins, such as hatred and obsession, that literally poison the mind. It is also about learning how to put things in perspective and reduce the gap between appearances and reality. To that end we must acquire a better knowledge of how the mind works and a more accurate insight into the nature of things, for in its deepest sense, suffering is intimately linked to a misapprehension of the nature of reality.

Listen to the podcast interview with Matthieu Ricard “The Importance of Happiness in a Life Worth Living”.  I hope you found this weeks post interesting and beneficial in your Journey.  Remember To Smile Your Day Will Be Brighter……

 

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Happiness In A Life Worth Living

  1. I really like this… I feel like I’m always looking to the other side, and comparing the things in life with what I don’t have. That usually causes me to lose things I have.. like friends or boyfriends… because i’m always in search for something better. There’s always going to be something “better” but that doesn’t mean I can’t be completely content with what I have. I need to keep this in mind so that I stop looking for better things on the other side, and appreciate whats right in front of me.

    • Thank you for reading! It takes time and practice to change our way of thinking but your on the right path. I too am a people pleaser. I have learned that we I put emphasis on what other people are doing then I do not have to deal with what is going on with me and that certainly wasn’t working. It is ok to take care of your needs and expressing what it is that you want. I started reading the “Power of Now” and “The Four Agreements” they are simple in nature to me and was something I could connect to. Remember admist all the other relationships we have you have to please yourself and take care of yourself before you can do anything for anyone else. Learning to communicate without all the emotion and reaction helps, that is why finding your inner peace is so important. Don’t take things personally, practice that in your communications. Next time you feel like reacting don’t accept what the person is saying and just contemplate it before you respond or if you respond at all. Enjoy your Journey and keep sharing it helps us all……Thank you again for reading…

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