Tips to Improve Your Well-Being from the Dalai Lama Himself

The XIV Dalai Lama attends 80th birthday celebrations at the 'Jahrhunderthalle' on July 13, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
The XIV Dalai Lama attends 80th birthday celebrations at the ‘Jahrhunderthalle’ on July 13, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

We all strive to live better lives. Who better to help us achieve happier, more meaningful existences than the Dali Lama? After all, he is the spiritual leader of millions of Buddhists. (And a man, who, in the face of expulsion from his homeland and the genocide of his people, still manages to preach peace and coexistence.)

Daniel Goleman, the author of A Force for Good, elaborates on the insight that can be gleaned from the Dalai Lama’s views on well-being. Here’s his take:

“When it comes to investing, we consult a financial expert; to our health, a doctor. And when it comes to our inner life, to how to be a force for good in this world, we can trust the Dalai Lama as an expert whose guidance can benefit us all. Begin with looking inward and managing our own minds and hearts, he tells us. Then look outward from a more balanced place in ourselves, and consider the good we can do. Don’t be discouraged by the terrible news we hear; in reality, that reflects a small portion of the human story. Beneath the ugly tip of that glacier lies a vast reservoir of sensitivity and kindness — and each of us can enlarge that goodness.”

Read the full story from Goleman here.


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