Matthieu Ricard is considered to be the happiest man in the world. The not as happy group of scientist at the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience in Wisconsin have conducted more than 10,000 hours of MRI and found that Matthieu has almost invisible levels of negative emotions.
The nice people at Esquire took the time to summarize what Matthieu considers to be his life lessons and I have picked the ones that resonated the most:
Here are his life lessons.
Look for happiness in everything, that means right now are you healthy, do you have a family or friends you love?
Happiness is not pursuing positive experiences one after another but it is really a way of being. Happiness is in how you perceive the world.
Believe it or not happiness is a skill you have to exercise it like a muscle.
To be truly happy we have to get rid of mental toxins such as hatred, obsession, arrogance, envy, greed and pride. Self explaining any of these will just cause the opposite.
Everyone would be helped by meditating for half-an-hour a day. We have all heard this one before, and I am a true believer. You need to calibrate your mind everyday to tackle each moment.
You can find out more of the happiest man in the world at https://www.matthieuricard.org/en/