This book has been out for a long time but I just got around to reading "The Art of Happiness" which was written by H. Cutler from his long interviews with the Dalai Lama. The author attempts to minimise the East to West culture shock in the principles he learned from the Dalai Lama and he mostly did succeed in applying them to our Western ways. It is a very interesting read for anyone whether happy or unhappy. The Dalai Lama is humbling and makes you take a hard look at your own life and behaviour just from his deep humanity and endless compassion. I try to live by this but a reminder often helps: Perspective is everything!
Today I would like to share with you one thing I learned from reading this book - the distinction between happiness and pleasure. It seems rather obvious but do we really pay attention to this on a daily basis? According to him, people sometimes confuse happiness with pleasure. When pleasure will only bring you short-term joy, happiness is everlasting. Once you completely understand this statement, you realise it makes perfect sense and it is worth facing life dilemmas with the simple question "will it bring me happiness?".