“The purpose of life is to be happy” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
It may be surprising to hear these words from one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers. We tend to associate spirituality with the achievement of enlightened states of conscious development, rather than a state of personal happiness.
And although at first glance the desire for happiness may appear to be self-centered, a closer examination at the extended effects of our own happiness reveals that our happiness produces a positive impact on the lives of others, and in the world around us.
The desire for greater happiness, is neither selfish nor unique to Western culture. It is hard-wired into all human beings. Happy people naturally and effortlessly promote greater goodwill in others. Happiness isn’t good just for you, it’s good for society as a whole. And it is contagious.