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Sustainable Happiness by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 7 This Is Your Life—Show Up For It Mindfully

Matthieu Ricard

Happiness can’t be reduced to a few agreeable sensations. Rather, it is a way of being and of experiencing the world —a profound fulfillment that suffuses every moment and endures despite inevitable setbacks.

The paths we take in search of happiness often lead us to frustration and suffering instead. We try to create outer conditions that we believe will make us happy. But it is the mind itself that translates outer conditions into happiness or suffering. This is why we can be deeply unhappy even though we “have it all”— wealth, power, health, a good family, etc.—and, conversely, we can remain strong and serene in the face of hardship.

Authentic happiness is a way of being ...

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