This step-by-step guide to achieving happiness is the most significant book of its kind. A remarkable book. It is hard to imagine a more convincing guide to that elusive thing: happiness.' Pankaj Mishra Although we are materially better off than ever before, surveys show that we are depressed and listless. Ricard's revolutionary book, free of arcane jargon, shows that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed. This book contains 20-minute exercises to train the mind to recognise and pursue a lasting happiness.
Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas thirty-five years ago. He is a best-selling author of The Monk and the Philosopher and The Quantum and the Lotus, amongst many other titles. He is also a translator, photographer and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives and works on humanitarian projects in Tibet and Nepal.