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The Art of Happiness Audiobook

The Art of Happiness

The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dalai Lama is probably one of the only people who, if you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, will give you an unconditional "yes." What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and the "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

Through meditation, stories, and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality to show us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep, abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations and with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a program that crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help listeners with the difficulties common to all human beings.

©1998 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"... this is one of the best how-to books a reader will ever find." (Booklist)
"[It]is not only an excellent supplement to daily self-awareness practices, it is also an indispensable educational tool." (AudioFile)

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    Fernando 05-17-16
    Fernando 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    Great! Very good book. Worth reading for any person with anger and anxiety issues. Great Great Great

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    Andrew 03-01-16
    Andrew 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "its attachments its perspectives and it's awesome"

    sometimes I feel detached from this world, the things that should make sense dont and the things that makes sense don't really make me feel like a better person. Nice to know that in such a big place my perspective matters and my attachments are just that. The art of happiness is refreshing to both the mind and heart. This book doesnt make me feel like I have it all figured out but I like the advice and the guidance to the right path, more importantly my path and if its happiness it will only be out of choice of having a positive out look. I hope you enjoyed this as much as i did.

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    Cutthroat73 Manitoba Canada 02-21-16
    Cutthroat73 Manitoba Canada 02-21-16

    Be kind whenever possible.... It is always possible ~ Dahli Lama

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    "Absolutely wonderful"

    A moving book. I listened twice back to back..and will continue to use this book as a reference.. Truly inspirational.

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    Linda Stevens 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    Where does The Art of Happiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Happiness to and why?

    Matthieu Richard Skills of Happiness is a great companion for this book.


    What does Howard C. Cutler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy the hearing the different voices in books. You can get that from reading it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I like to break down books like this so I can think about them. Its a great book to listen to over and over.


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    Amazon Customer 01-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    it was huge and life changing . the art is real you just have to live it

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    Veronica 09-22-15
    Veronica 09-22-15
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    "A great quick listen, definitely worth a look"

    great for anyone with an interest in philosophy and perspective, I only wish it had gone a bit more in depth

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    Ericka 09-14-15
    Ericka 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Happiness the most enjoyable?

    I downloaded this book while experiencing a personal loss. It was super helpful in focusing on what is important, protecting my happiness and letting go.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I loved the tie in between the conversation between the author and the Dalai Lama and the group lectures. The alliteration was spot on and I could easily visualize scenes.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Happiness?

    I want to go back and listen to the meditations again and try them.


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    mandy48954 09-03-15
    mandy48954 09-03-15
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    Womderful self-help book. I will be coming back to this book until I am able to utilize and understand it all.

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    Randi 07-17-15
    Randi 07-17-15
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    "Loved it. Very enlightening."

    This book kept me engaged start to finish. Absolutely fascinating, insightful, and thought provoking. Highly recommended.

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    alyssa 06-19-15
    alyssa 06-19-15
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    "his holiness"

    loved his holiness and all he said. the actual story itself was a bit odd with the guy trying to get all of life's answers but that's barely noticeable as you listen

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