If one of the main purposes of life is to seek and experience happiness and joy, then why don’t we? We do it naturally as children. In fact, children teach us everything we need to know about flourishing. After a child’s biological needs are met, a child exists in a state of total well-being doing nothing more than loving, learning and playing. It’s that simple. We enjoy the greatest happiness and fulfillment when all three of these elements are present in our lives in the right proportions, just like a seedling needs soil, water, sunlight and air in the right proportions to blossom. But as we mature, our minds can become conditioned by fear, anxiety and worry, and the mind becomes an unhappiness-seeking machine. Our unique insight is that when we deeply engage with, and bring a balance of love, learning, and play to our daily activities, to our relationships and to our work, we can find happiness, meaning, purpose and a sense of well-being.
“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”
“Rivers do not drink their own water; tress do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is[…]Life is good when you are happy, but much better when others are happy because of you.”
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the constant pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
"Some people get the impression that Buddhism talks too much about suffering. In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time. Similarly, the Buddhist is willing to sacrifice immediate comfort so that he or she can achieve lasting happiness."