The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

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 an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is towar Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smilin...

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Title:The Art of Happiness
Author:Dalai Lama XIV
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Art of Happiness Reviews

  • Steven Stark
    Jul 11, 2007
    This book is actually written by a psychiatrist and includes extensive interviews with the Dalai Lama about how to be a generally happier person. Parts of the book are really great, and a couple of sections are a little bland, mostly depending on what questions the author is asking. Th...
  • Sarah
    Jul 22, 2007
    I love the Dalai Lama and everything he says in this book. However, Cutler's input mostly detracts from the teachings of the Dalai Lama. At best, he makes small, often insignificant links between the Dalai Lama's point and western science. Like how he made the connection between Buddhi...
  • Rachel
    Sep 23, 2007
    I really felt at peace while reading this book. I have read many religious texts from varying schools of thought and sometimes (often in fact) they get quite philosphical and over the head of the average person. This however really hit the right note with me. By expounding upon some of...
  • Jaclyn
    Nov 01, 2007
    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely learned a lot from it. The Dalai Lama's words are so powerful, his experiences so inspiring and his mixture of spiritual and philosophical wisdom with uncommon common sense completely unique. The only reason that I gave it four, rath...
  • Janet
    Dec 11, 2010
    I'm not sure why exactly I picked this one up from the shelf of our local thrift. Certainly the Dalai Lama is an interesting public figure and the cover is bright with his red monk?s toga and eager countenance. I am familiar with Tibetan monks via my literary mountain climbing advent...
  • Lauren
    Nov 20, 2007
    This is a book that has to be read slowly and with determination, with many pauses for looking-off-into-the-distance-deep-in-thought. It is not BY the Dalai Lama so much as it is about the Dalai Lama, interviews with him, thoughts on his beliefs and practices. It took me a long time to...
  • Heather Kidder
    Feb 10, 2008
    This book always brings me a lot of peace when I read it. It calms me down and puts me at ease. I actually bought this book for josh but spent a lot of time reading it myself and its very enjoyable remind you about all the little good things in life and about what really matters. ...
  • Dad
    May 15, 2008
    The Moms was watching a movie that was so filled with awkward and embarrassing social interaction that I cast desperately about me for something else to do. Near at hand was "The Art of Happiness" by Dolly and some doctor guy. I picked it up and began to read. I'm about half-way throug...
  • Jenny
    Dec 19, 2008
    I first read this book as a freshman in high school but I've read it again at least twice. I'm not sure how it initially started but I've always been fascinated by the Dalai Lama of Tibet. The more I read about him, the more I'm in awe of him. While I recommend reading his biography fi...
  • Margo Kelly
    Jun 23, 2011
    Well ... I almost gave it three stars instead of four ... simply because Cutler's narratives drove me nuts. I loved the messages of Dalai Lama, but I found Cutler's words irritating! (Cutler is the Western psychiatrist who interviewed the Dalai Lama and put the book together). I kno...
  • Whitney
    Jan 14, 2009
    I really liked this book. It has enough information to open your eyes, but not too much to scare you away. The Author, being a psychologist, was able to take the Eastern ideas from the Dalai Lama and compare them to a more Western way of thinking. Although I've seen many of the ideas a...
  • Kimberly
    Jan 10, 2009
    Dalai Lama believes in fundamental goodness in all human beings, in the value of compassion and kindness, and a sense of commonality among all living creatures. Happiness is determined more by one's state of mind than by external events. Excessive desire leads to greed, which lea...
  • Traci
    Jun 01, 2009
    This is a book that I will always have on my bookshelf. For me it is a reference book on living a more peaceful life. This book changed my life in so many ways. I truly believe Americans are hard wired for aggression and fighting. Not in a physical way, but in a spiritually and emotion...
  • Chitra Divakaruni
    May 16, 2012
    This is one of the best books I've read on leading a spiritual life. The Dalai Lama's statements on habits that can make us deeply happy (and thus peaceful, compassionate and ultimately better human beings) are simple, clear and true, and nousrishing as a drink of pure, clean water in ...
  • Justin
    Dec 21, 2013
    I liked the interplay between Buddhist practice and the connections to cognitive and other psychological studies. The main thing I learned from this book is that happiness can and should be a goal in your life. You can pursue happiness by training your mind over a period of many ye...
  • Linda
    Jun 19, 2011
    I wish I could give this one 10 stars! If reading is a way to spend time with the writer, the Dalai Lama is great company to keep! The book is comprised of excerpts from the Dalai Lama's public teaching and private conversations (in the interview form) with Howard Cutler. It was -thank...
  • Sara Alaee
    Jul 22, 2016
    ?Happiness is determined more by one's state of mind than by external events? Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation...? ...
  • Alice Mccain
    Jun 09, 2011
    Would it be an exaggeration to say this book saved my life? Not really. When I was at my lowest, it was this book that I kept by my side, in my bag, and next to my bed, near me at all times. My copy is dog-eared, marked up and flagged in more places that I can count. In this treasure, ...
  • Gina
    Dec 16, 2011
    "Human emotions are very powerful and sometimes overwhelm us. This can lead to disasters. Another important practice in training our minds involves distancing ourselves from strong emotions before they arise in us. For example, when we feel anger or hatred, we may think, ?Yes, now an...
  • Romanas Wolfsborg
    May 26, 2018
    Dr. Howard C. Cutler, psychiatrist and one of the leading experts on the science of human happiness has spent some valuable time with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and in this book brought a western perspective of Tibetan Buddhism and its take on human quest for happiness. Happin...
  • Yascha
    Apr 14, 2012
    Despite the 'author' being the Dalia Lama, this book was actually written by a Western Psychologist named Howard Cutler. It is mostly presented as interviews or meetings between himself and the Dalai Lama. I really enjoyed the segments that were pure quotes from the Dalai Lama, but fou...
  • BrokenTune
    Mar 07, 2016
    DNF @ 15% I mistakenly thought this was a book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is listed as one of the authors - or the only authors in some book databases - but it is not. This book was written by Howard C. Cutler, a psychiatrist, who spent one week with the Dalai Lama, and the...
  • Amir The Fat Bookworm
    Sep 15, 2016
    It was a book of pleasures. It helped a lot with my process of mind and satisfied my extremely powerful sense of skepticism. Dalai Lama XIV earned my respect, even though I hardly gave it to anyone to this day. It is highly compatible with modern findings of psychology, specially in th...
  • Mobina J
    Aug 04, 2016
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  • Sherilynn Macale
    Mar 26, 2013
    This book has completely changed my perspective on how I deal with anger, hatred, and other negative mind states and emotions. In simply becoming aware of the Buddhist perspective, I feel I've learned how to feel more in control of my own life, of how I carry myself, and how I treat th...
  • Chris Gordon
    Jan 17, 2014
    The Art of Happiness is not just a mere checklist of some suggested methods to which one should adhere in order to attain happiness. Rather, it is through a spiritual journey with the Dalai Lama that we learn how to live a fulfilling life by seeing his Buddhist and humanistic principle...
  • Debbie Zapata
    Jul 17, 2018
    We all know that some books that felt important and special during a first reading can sometimes make us wonder WHY the second time around. This turned out to be one such book for me, I'm afraid. I first read it many years ago during a physically and emotionally painful period of m...
  • Nora|KnyguDama
    May 09, 2018
    Vis? budistin?s literat?ros d?iaugsm?, g?r?, ?vies? atradau dar visai neseniai, bet n?riau sta?ia galva. Prad?jau gilintis, dom?tis, ie?koti daugiau knyg? - daugiau ?kv?pimo. Tikrai taip, ?ios knygos mane labai ?kvepia ir moko. Moko kitokio po?i?rio ? gyvenim?, p...
  • Farah Cook
    Mar 31, 2017
    Beautiful book that doesn't focus on the concept of happiness as such but rather the measures to get there. Happiness is not a place you arrive to, and it stays for life. It's something we must actively seek all the time as we go through changes. This book is very philosophical so don'...
  • Chad Santos
    Dec 26, 2017
    Exquisite. He masterfully balances religion and politics while protecting the many who follow him. I have so much admiration for him and respect for the difficulties he gracefully handles. ...