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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-05
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves at least as much energy as any other in our lives. Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Introduction 3(117)
1. Talking About Happiness
2. Is Happiness the Purpose of Life?
3. A Two-Way Mirror: Looking Within, Looking Without
4. False Friends
5. Is Happiness Possible?
6. The Alchemy of Suffering
7. The Veils of the Ego
8. When Our Thoughts Become Our Worst Enemies
9. The River of Emotion
10. Disturbing Emotions: The Remedies 120(17)
11. Desire 137(9)
12. Hatred 146(11)
13. Envy 157(3)
14. The Great Leap to Freedom 160(9)
15. A Sociology of Happiness 169(17)
16. Happiness in the Lab 186(16)
17. Happiness and Altruism: Does Happiness Make Us Kind or Does Being Kind Make Us Happy? 202(9)
18. Happiness and Humility 211(4)
19. Optimism, Pessimism, and Naiveté 215(12)
20. Golden Time, Leaden Time, Wasted Time 227(6)
21. One with the Flow of Time 233(6)
22. Ethics as the Science of Happiness 239(14)
23. Happiness in the Presence of Death 253(5)
24. A Path 258(9)
Acknowledgments 267(2)
Notes 269

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