Happiness – What makes life worth living?

By Alpha

Today is what is supposed-to-be the index of most consumer reports on the buying power of consumers and how the state of economy will or will not improve. You’d hear it in the next few days the analysis of business researchers and corporate executives the data of the United States spending today’s Black Friday.  This also projects the holiday buying season on how the market for retailers and store will do in the next few weeks of holiday shopping . But despite all the any nature of buying that money can do, I know for sure that a lot of the people out there are empty inside.

I’ve heard it from people left and right that buying makes them happy! Heck – I think like that too, sometimes or maybe a lot of times! But, in reality something can not really be bought by money alone. Think about the last time you were able to save enough money to buy that expensive Rolex watch and once it is finally strapped on your wrist, the happiness was fleeting and in a few seconds on looking the dial and the minute hand synchronize with your normal life, that feeling and emotion is gone!

But happiness is one subject that is being explored by many psychologists, monks and ordinary people like you and me. Some of us even try to chase it but sometimes we do not really know what kind of happiness are we chasing. We are not definitive of what happiness feels or of what happiness is.

Today, after you have amassed half of your Christmas shopping needs I need you to unpack them and sit down for a few minutes. Once you are all set, then together we will unpack happiness – and what makes life worth living?

Here we go:

Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, a French translator and the right hand man of the Dalai Lama who has given up his life as a European cellular genetic scientist  to go to the Himalayas and to study Buddhism. He has been in the Himalayas for forty years and now he is an internationally known author, photographer and also a founding member of a charity organization, Karuna-Shechen.  He is also sometimes called the “happiest man in the world”.

Below are some of the quotes from his book Happiness:

  1. Is happiness a skill that once acquired endures through the ups and downs of life?
  2. For some people talking about the search of happiness seems almost bad in taste.
  3. By Happiness, I mean here a deep sense of flourishing that arises from exceptionally healthy mind. This is an optimal state of being.
  4. Happiness is also a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the world the way we look at it.
  5. Anyone who enjoys inner peace is no more broken by failure than he is inflated with success.

It doesn’t stop there, today I want you to continue on with the rest of Matthie Ricard’s thoughts on happiness below. Here is a video that he presented on TED. There are also a few more of this series that you may also find on the internet but I will try to share with you in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, here is what I can say to you:

Be happy – and be in the moment with the video of Matthieu Ricard on Happiness:


  1. gethappy says:

    Loved it.Can’t wait for your next series of his talks

  2. Funny you should mention a Rolex watch…I didn’t have to save to buy it, I won some local raffle and with part of the money I bought it for myself and you know what? It’s not happiness what I felt when I bought it, it gave me a deep sense of belonging: belonging to a generational chain of women (great grandmother, grandmother, mother and now me) that had this same watch on their wrists…so you must imagine the emotional value that THING has for me…I’ve thought about happiness a lot and am sure THINGS don’t give you that…thanks for this wonderful post…I’ve written a couple of posts myself on this subject, it’s a never ending source of analysis and inspiration

    • AMSDaily says:

      Hi Microrelatososhortstories – I bet the feeling was intense but then, happiness is really such a science. I will check your site again and maybe you can share some of them here? Thank you!

  3. eof737 says:

    Great post… shopping used to give me a thrill but not as much anymore. I’m happy about that… :-)

    • AMSDaily says:

      I am glad you have conquered that feeling eof37! I wonder about how other people can sustain the long hours of shopping and getting squeezed by other shoppers during Black Friday?

  4. livelyleo says:

    Hi Alpha, this is a wonderful website you’re running! I would love it if you could write a quest post, or possibly get interviewed for my blog, I’ve just started out. Thanks!

  5. livelyleo says:

    I sent you the questions! Can’t wait for your responses. :)

  6. judithhb says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog and pushing the like button. I understand that for some people shopping fills a void in their life. Fortunately, I have conquered this.

  7. cherilaser says:

    Thank you for Liking my post yesterday! I’m enjoying your blog as well and will look forward to staying in touch! –Cheri

  8. Thank you so much for taking a look at and liking my blog today on wisdom. I thought I would take a look at your blog too and I like it very much. Thanks for posting this video. I look forward to seeing what else you have here.


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