World’s Happiest Man: Joy Can Be Learned

Are your conditions for happiness primarily external? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has a message for you. The Dalai Lama’s right-hand man explains that the mind is malleable and happiness can be learned and measured:

He finishes with this quote:

“Mind training matters. That this is not just a luxury, this is not a supplementary vitamin for the soul. This is something that is going to determine the quality of every instant of our lives. […] We spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most: the way our mind functions, which ultimately determines the quality of our experience.”

» The Independent has a short article on Matthieu Ricard.

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 2 November 2007

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