Summary of The Habits of Happiness

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The Habits of Happiness summary
Happiness is not an emotion but a state of being – and training can get you there.


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Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard travels from his airy hermitage in the Himalayas to Monterey, California, bringing the teachings of happiness. The witty Frenchman, once a molecular biologist, integrates philosophy, religion and science throughout his lecture. getAbstract recommends his ideas to those seeking a meatier discussion of happiness.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What characteristics define happiness,
  • How to achieve this state, and
  • What cognitive science reveals about meditation and mind training.


Happiness decides the quality of every living moment, so the yearning for it shapes all thought and action. Yet in the East and West alike, definitions of happiness vary. As a result, people often confuse happiness and pleasure. Unlike happiness,
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About the Speaker

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and a photographer. He wrote Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill.

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