These Tips From Buddhist Monks Could Be the Key to Your Happiness

Scientifically speaking, Buddhist monks are happier than the rest of us. Scientists have studied their brain activity, and it shows that they are indeed happier and calmer people. But, what can we learn from them that will help us become happier ourselves? The truth is, this isn’t going to be a quick fix. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in his book, The Art of Happiness, that “the practice of Dharma is a constant battle within, replacing previous negative conditioning or habituation with new positive conditioning.”

So these won’t be quick fixes, but they will lead to a happier you … if you’re dedicated enough.

7. Meditate

A woman meditating

Buddhist devotees meditate during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on February 22, 2016, on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. | Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Meditation is the most common way to calm yourself down, or simply clear away all the stress in your life. There are multiple ways that one can meditate, and it all depends on what works best for you. Matthieu Ricard, a monk who became famous for being considered the happiest man on earth, says you can learn to meditate in 5 minutes. That’s not a bad way to start the new, happier you.


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