The Art Of Happiness: A Handbook of Living


    SYNOPSIS

Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.”{Page 10}

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THE ART OF HAPPINESS: A HANDBOOK OF LIVING, the book which is the international bestseller, millions of copies and many editions has been published. The guide of happiness first came in 1998 and since then it has been embarking its values in every reader’s heart and head. The art of happiness is a perfect blend of western mind and eastern culture, a view of a psychiatrist and a noble peace prize winner spiritual leader. The book is about how your inner soul satisfies you and how you can find inner happiness with mere basic things. The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) explained the pursuit of human happiness through principles of Tibetan Buddhism and also explained the solutions to problems through it whereas, the Howard C. Cutler applying the psychiatric mind explained it to the western world. The vivid and colorful tradition of the east has solved many materialistic approaches of the west.
This book explains the basic human values, compassion to others and for own self, the practical wisdom of the 14th Dalai Lama for everlasting happiness, it explains the major motive of having a life and how to enjoy it with least problematic. The less the expectation is better the life becomes.

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REVIEW


The true antidote of greed is contentment.”(page10)

Howard C. Cutler, an Arizona based psychiatrist meets the Dalai Lama for the first time when he is about to give a speech in front of six thousand people at Arizona State University.

His calm nature is a positive aura and simplicity at the top of the Everest. The book is about the meetings of Cutler and the 14th Dalai Lama in Arizona and later, in India. The book is the product of commentaries between two opposite spots on the globe.
According to many people Happiness is a MYTH- an elusive, ungraspable state of mind, where greed and sense of complete happiness cannot be attained but in chapter 1 of the book the Dalai Lama shows us that sense of contentment and the source of happiness can be anything, even our hard work for our betterment in future. The source of happiness could be anything such as a tragedy in your life that can give a reason to enjoy life more and more.

The Dalai Lama tells the origin of happiness can be compassion, empathy, emotional support. He is in favor of understanding someone’s emotional state, understanding other fellow human’s state of mind. This book clearly draws a line between material desires and inner happiness. The aura of a particular person can change the state of mind of his immediate environment.

The Dalai Lama who is exiled from his own birthplace explains that regrets, anger, hatred, and frustration is a state of the human head. Pain and suffering always come in an individual’s life but how to confront them is what he explains in chapters with the help of Cutler’s words to us.

In view, all religions can make an effective contribution for the benefit of humanity; they are designed to make the individual a happier person and the world a better place and we should respect them.(page 305).

The spiritual leader says that religion and spirituality are two completely different aspects and people usually misunderstand and mix them up. But the spirituality in one’s religion can do miracles to conclude the turmoils in life.

‘The Art of happiness: a handbook of living’ completely justifies the title. It opens numerous gates of the ever working mind and gives basic aspects to living life happily. It’s the best book for those who have problems with emotional background. The language is super simple and easy to understand. Recommended for every age group.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzing Gyatso, the Noble Peace Prize winner in 1989. One of the worlds’ great spiritual leader was born on 6th July,1935. The 14th Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Amdo, Tibet, and was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama at a public declaration near the town of Bumchen in 1939. His enthronement ceremony as the Dalai Lama was held in Lhasa on 22 February 1940, and he eventually assumed full political duties on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, after the People’s Republic of China’s incorporation of Tibet. He is among the most influential people around the globe he has got many awards and global recognization. Words are diminished when there is to explain about him.

Dr. Howard C. Cutler

He is a famous writer and a psychiatrist who runs his practice in Arizona, Phoenix, USA. He has excelled in the subject of human happiness “ the art of happiness” is his one of the best sellers of all time.it was new york’s bestseller for 97 weeks. He is still working with his holiness in sense of writing and exploring more horizons of happiness.

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