Book Review: The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler



The Art of Happiness is basically a self help book purporting to help you find happiness. It goes through several different obstacles to happiness and how to deal with those, how to improve yourself and create more happiness for yourself. It’s unremarkable as a self help book, but what makes it special and unique are those lovely nuggets from the Dalai Lama himself.

What I liked about it:

I liked that it offered some great insight into how to create more happiness for oneself. Cutler manages to make the Dalai Lama’s a little more mainstream and palatable for the Western audience, especially the Western audience of the 1990s. Of course I loved the Dalai Lama’s words themselves, which I always find very inspiring and helpful.

What I didn’t like about it:

The author spent a lot of time validating what the Dalai Lama said. I suppose as a deeply spiritual person myself I don’t find it necessary to back everything up with some scientific nugget, but he did. I feel as though the words that the Dalai Lama gave him were “watered down” for lack of a better phrase. However, taking into context the time it was written and the audience it was written for, I do think it excels. And I do think that it does give real tools for developing a more content, fulfilled and happy life.

The verdict:

I have already recommended this book several times, just because I think that this is a good introduction in how to be compassionate, caring, and kind in our world. I think it’s something that our part of the world is particularly lacking these days. . .

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