We can learn a lot about happiness from the Dalai Lama. If you're struggling to understand his message then maybe the addition of these cute animals will help.

The meaning of life is simple...

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

"From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment."

It's a simple enough prospect, but with so much discontent in our lives—whether through work, relationships, or conflict in the world—how does one obtain hapiness? 

 

Enough peace for everyone

"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."

A conflicted body can give one a negative impression of the outer world. Through making peace with ourselves, finding opportunities to become a stronger, more rounded person in any issue that present iyself, we in turn can have a positive effect on the outer world.

One must be happy in oneself in order to be happy in life.

 

Never fight like cats and dogs

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

An important message in the quest for happiness. One can acheive great satisfaction in helping others over helping oneself. This can leave all with a great sense of peace and happiness.

 

Kindness is catching

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

Even when faced with a difficult situation, there is always room for kindness.

The Dalai Lama has seen his country taken from him and his people murdered, yet still teaches peace and kindness. Whatever hardship may lie ahead, remember to treat it with peace instead of anger.

 

Find love in everyone

“Love is the absence of judgment.”

It's easy to judge others. There are always going to be differences between individuals, that is what makes them individual.

Judgement can only leads to alienation and hatered, all of which is sparked from, essentially, fear of otherness. Letting go of differences can lead to a much more peaceful existence for oneself and everyone in the world. 

 

Learning from each other

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

With the previous message in mind, we should take these differences and conflicts and learn from them. One doesn't have to agree, merely accept that others have their own opinions and beliefs. 

 

Meditate as often as possible

"Sleep is the best meditation" - Dalai Lama

Sleep is essential for our body and mind to recover from the previous day and deal with any anxieties or difficulties we may be facing. But for a truely peaceful night's sleep we should take on board some of the Dalai Lama's wisdoms.

Read our interview with the Dalai Lama here

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