Authentic happiness? Any ideas?

Matthew Ricard: from his book on “Happiness”

“Authentic happiness is not linked to an activity; it is a state of being, a profound emotional balance struck by a subtle understanding of how the mind functions.

While ordinary pleasures are produced by contact with pleasant objects and end when that contact is broken, sukha (happiness) —lasting well-being—is felt so long as we remain in harmony with our inner nature.


One intrinsic aspect of it is selflessness, which radiates from within rather than focusing on the self.”

My two cents: Do we not think happiness comes with success, accomplishment, status, or pleasure. Our contact with pleasant objects (alcohol, drugs, approval, power, status, etc.) lead to suffering and addiction without balance.


Happiness starts with internal acceptance, internal awareness of the mind’s desire to ruminate (dissociate).

When we are thinking, thoughts connect us to our self and emotions.

Selflessness radiating from within connects us to happiness.

One response to this post.

  1. Less ego equals more happiness

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