The art of happiness riverhead 1998 isbn 1 57322 111 2 is a book by the dalai lama and howard cutler a psychiatrist who posed questions to the dalai lama cutler quotes the dalai lama at length providing context and describing some details of the settings in which the interviews took place as well as adding his own reflections on issues raised. 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. 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 principles being applied to everyday problems and challenges. The art of happiness through sections on intimacy and compassion on transforming suffering and on overcoming the obstacles to happiness attempts to provide the reader with a thoughtful basis for the work of finding a peaceful happy existence in the world through their conversations dr cutler and the dalai lama seek common ground in . Caveats about the art of happiness though the dalai lama has spent a great deal of time in the west conversing with western experts and acquiring insight into western science and culture he is the product of a very different culture
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