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In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations, but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global, with a rousing argument that altruism - genuine concern for the well-being of others - could be the saving grace of the 21st century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard's message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.
Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It's a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle - and one that just might make the world a better place.
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By Markus Berger on 11-09-15
both deeply troubling and encouraging
After 5 years of research, the author has come up with a tour de force covering and connecting topics from the nature of good and bad to globalization and climate change, sometimes disturbing and forcing the listener to open his eyes, somtimes inspiring and giving hope. Jon Kabat-Zinn called it "simply one of the most important books of our time - maybe of all times". I could not agree more.
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By Svein Olav Nyberg on 07-18-17
Wonderful treasure trove!
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This is a book I heartily recommend to all my friends. It is, however, too long, so I recommend they read the rough first 1/3, where Mathieu is at his peak of knowledge, in psychology and meditation. I am a little less impressed by his political insights (and he has a few contradictions), which is the bulk of the last 2/3. Not that I would say it's all bad by any means, but it can't measure up to the quality of the first 1/3.
But all in all: Read the first 1/3, which by itself would be a book worth 6 stars!
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