they call it that man The happiest in the world, although he considers this a journalistic joke. Everything was the result of a study conducted University of Wisconsin in which level positive emotions his brain is well above average. Son of the famous French philosopher Francois Revel, Mathieu Ricard is a Tibetan Buddhist monk living in the Shechen Tenni Dargeling Monastery in Nepal. Translator of the Dalia Lama himselfpublished several books, including Memoirs of a Buddhist Monk (Arpa, 2022) – and received National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work in Asia. Interviewed New York Times Last week, Mathieu Ricard once again remembered that for him the only the secret of happiness.
The secret of happiness for him the happiest man in the world
Mathieu Ricard He was a molecular biologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He was 26 years old when he decided to move to the Himalayas. Today, at 78 years old, he can define what it is the secret of happiness and him the answer is amazing. He says that he was once asked to indicate which three secrets of happiness and he replied: “First of all, there is no secret. In second place, there are not only three dots. Third, it would take a lifetime to get thisbut this the most valuable thing you can do“. Buddhist monk The happiest in the world He says he is happy to feel that he is on the right path: the path compassion. In fact, he points out, if there is anything that can help us survive difficult moments in life is to “nurture this quality of human warmth, sincerely wishing Let others be happy; this is the best way satisfy your happiness“, he noted in an interview.
The path of happiness of a French Buddhist monk
For Mathieu Ricard happiness It’s more likely abilityan idea he shares with him American psychologist Richard Davidson. “I enjoy every moment of lifebut, of course, there are moments of extreme sadnessespecially when you see so much suffering. But this should illuminate your compassionAnd if it ignites your compassion, you move toward a stronger, healthier, and more meaningful lifestyle. That’s what I call happiness. This doesn’t mean you’re jumping for joy all the time. happiness is more like your center, where you touch the base. You come here after ups and downs, joys and sorrows. We become even more sensitive to what is happening—a bad taste in our mouth when we see someone suffering—but we keep it sense of depth. That’s what meditation brings,” he notes. In fact, we can do anything happiness be more present in our mental landscape. “We occupy our minds from morning to evening, but pay very little attention to improving how we interpret external circumstances, good or bad, in happiness or unhappiness. And this is very important, because this is what determines our everyday experience of the world!”, explains Ricard in an interview.