Mattieu Ricard is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has been given the title “Happiest Man in the World.” This title, however, is not quite right according to him. As he shares with Krista Tippett in the On Being podcast, he sees happiness not as a pleasurable feeling but rather a way of being that gives you the resources to deal with the ups and downs of life.
This podcast is a great complement to the work you are during in chapter 2 of Onward around understanding emotions. Listen to this interview to better understand the connection of happiness to other emotions. And if nothing else, hopefully the podcast will inspire you to meditate as you learn about the neuroplasticity of our brains. Find a variety of meditations right here on our Onward website.