Watch Matthieu Ricard’s new TED talk, “The habits of happiness”

ricard-14French Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been dubbed by some in the media “the happiest man alive.” (The title has also been attached to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Who’s happier? We may never know!) Now, Ricard has brought some of his insights on what makes for real happiness to the TED stage in his talk, “The habits of happiness.” Included are photos from Ricard’s Himalayan excursions, as well as a good deal of smiling, laughter, and wisdom. An excerpt:

“We love to do jogging, fitness. We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful. Yet, we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most — the way our mind functions — which, again, is the ultimate thing that determines the quality of our experience.”

To watch the whole twenty-one-minute talk, click here. (Update: since posting this earlier today, I’ve learned it’s not in fact new. But that’s okay — it’s still worth your time.) And for more from Ricard, don’t miss his excellent Shambhala Sun teaching, “Why Can’t ‘I’ Be Happy?” (Links open in new windows.)

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