09 Mar The Dalai Lama’s 6 Key Tips to Happiness
Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was exiled from Tibet—his homeland—in 1959 and has been living in Dharamshala, India, ever since. During his exile, he has written a lot about how to achieve happiness.
I’m convinced we can learn a lot from him if we follow the methods that he has applied to his own life. Below are his six key tips for happiness:
1. Be truthful.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama suggests that when we’re honest, we are likely to suffer less from anxiety and fear. If we remain true to ourselves—and to others—we will experience genuine happiness. Through integrity and honesty, we also create a peaceful environment.
Oftentimes, truthfulness is challenging to practice, especially when there are other people involved. Through being honest, I’ve realized that telling the truth is always less hurtful than hiding the facts.
2. Rise above anger and hatred.
“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.” ~ The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama explains that we often feel like victims, and we need someone or something to point the finger at. He also says that we feed most of our anger through dwelling mentally on situations and refusing to forgive others.
The Dalai Lama’s advice on eradicating anger is to meditate on it. We must first identify our anger and understand its nature. Then, we quell it and let it go, once we understand that it’s futile and doesn’t solve any problem. The way to rise above anger is through being compassionate and loving.
3. Conquer negative thoughts.
“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” ~ The Dalai Lama
According to the Dalai Lama, negativity breeds isolation, loneliness, and fear. Hatred, greed, envy, aversion, and anger are all negative thoughts that we often experience. If we want to achieve perfect happiness, the Dalai suggests to eliminate mischievous thoughts from our minds and replace them with positive thoughts.
Whenever negative thoughts arise, it’s valuable to focus on the breath and return to the present moment, instead of feeding the thought. Remember, negativity produces more negativity…
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