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.

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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Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology. He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book "Making Habits, Breaking Habits" (Da Capo, 2013) and several ebooks.