Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
Although we are materially better off than ever before, surveys show that we are depressed and listless. Ricard's revolutionary book, free of arcane jargon, shows that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed. This book contains 20-minute exercises to train the mind to recognise and pursue a lasting happiness.
"'A remarkable book. It is hard to imagine a more convincing guide to that elusive thing: happiness' Pankaj Mishra. 'If you want to be happier and better, this is the book you should read. It provides the best available philosophy of life and practice for the twenty-first century.' Richard Layard, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics 'The readers of this book will find themselves in the presence of an extraordinary human being... [It] beautifully illustrates that happiness is to be found in controlling the mind, not circumstances' Daniel Kahneman, winner Nobel Prize economics, 2002. 'In his new book, Ricard combines the talents of a philosopher and scientist to produce a rigorous and compelling analysis of his subject. He reminds us that to change individuals is also, ultimately, to change the world.' George Soros"
Mattieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk. He is also a translator, photographer and bestselling author. He lives in Tibet and Nepal.