The Art of Happiness

Before I begin, I just want to say that this book is more of a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Dr Cutler, and it can be used as a self help. I used it to see a different perspective in life, because at the time (this being only a few months ago) I was not in a good mental place emotionally or psychologically. I wouldn’t call it depression but lets just say I can function pretty well even when I am on the brink of a an emotionally breakdown.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fresh way to see life and a different way to maybe approach issues in life. whether its relationship issues, difficulty dealing with bad people in this world, or just people in your life. I very much did not know what the Dalai Lama did, but I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of the way he thinks. Now of course keep in mind that he is a monk and has been since early childhood, so some of his perspective does not involve insight, but I still used it well. My absolute favorite quote with regard to bad people/people who just annoy you is this:


And to be quite honest with you, that really got me to thinking. He is absolutely right! without anyone to challenge us on all levels, we would not necessarily progress as individuals. Granted there are those people who are just NICE human beings (you know who I am talking about) and nothing really affects them, but even they have their own challenges. Perhaps even within themselves. And for me, the other thing that struck me was a little mantra that I try and remember every so often to keep me going:


That small quote, right there, is what keeps me going sometimes when all else fails to remind me why I’m doing medicine. We are all sentient beings, brought here by God or science, whatever you believe, and that is amazing no matter how you look at it. So if you need a bit of a break from life, and a book to read that flows and also gives great insight, this is the one for you. I must say, I have found myself in a very good place even when I am having some difficult days. I went through a breakup within the month and I was up and about within a day. Suffering, mindfulness, daily living… it’s all discussed.

Sometimes, life is all about your perspective. So how do you want to live yours?


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