Mindful Happiness


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In the book, The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, the Dalai Lama makes an extraordinary statement, he says:  “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”   (p.13)

Can happiness indeed be the purpose of life?  Raised in a Christian tradition, I believed that if there is a purpose of life then it is about service.  So when I first read this book, I found the concept confronting.  It seems such an indulgent position.  Then I came to understand the kind of happiness the Dalai Lama talks about and how it relates to service. Consider the difference between when we give reluctantly and when we give joyfully.   If we first attain our own happiness then perhaps our “cup will runneth over,” (Psalm 23:5) and we will spread love and joy through the world because service would then be an expression of our happiness rather than an expression of duty.  If service is a burden and is given reluctantly then perhaps it has little value.  Perhaps our first duty then is to take care of ourselves.  Perhaps the very purpose of our lives is to seek happiness.

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