Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness. Interwoven with his talk are stunning photographs of the Himalayas and of his spiritual community.

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25 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I’mma fucking kill everyone coughing in the background.

  2. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Take possession of your mind. You can be happy now. Don’t Wait For a Reason
    to Be Happy. Be happy now! The man who can be happy without reason has
    mastered his life. Be free. Be Happy, now. Yes you can! Freedom and
    happiness is the yearning of every heart. It is the quest of the human
    spirit. From the beginning of time, man has always searched for these
    tenets of life. “freedom” and “happiness”. Is the most natural state of
    humanity!

  3. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    To all those saying Jesus or God or some other mechanism is the only way
    out, how have you reached these conclusions? How do you know what others
    are saying is false? What effort have you made to verify the reality? Why
    do you want others to believe you if they don’t want to?

  4. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Great talk, but ffs, is the audience fucking diseased?

  5. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    He should drink a glass of water before speaking.

  6. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    What is the internal antidote to the nightmare of being blood-sucked to
    death by $150,000 in un-payable, unforgivable student loan debt?

  7. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    looky looky. it’s a frenchman with WHITE GUILT donning a buddhist costume
    to evade the CIA.

  8. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    #happinessadvice #positivethinking 

  9. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I think he’s 100% right. . .if you look to outer conditions to be happy,
    you’re setting yourself up for unhappiness. Material possessions don’t make
    a person happy, it’s your thoughts on these possessions that make you
    temporarily happy, but then that doesn’t last, does it. . .Isn’t this what
    Jesus taught also?

  10. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    This was nice to watch – I love Ted Talks!!!

  11. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I want to see what it is like a day in his shoes…would he survive in
    mine?

  12. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    He says – we can’t love and hate at the same time, I don’t agree. I think
    human mind is very complex and it can experience 2 (or even more) seemingly
    opposite emotions and attitudes at the same time (and our “I” can be
    fragmented with different parts of ourselves having different emotions,
    goals, patterns). That’s what makes change difficult. But not impossible. 

  13. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Matthieu Ricard – very impressive

  14. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    How to be happy? Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

  15. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Salient points from monsieur Ricard.

  16. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Great video, but would someone please get this guy a glass of water?? 

  17. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Happy!!!

  18. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    *sigh* the comments on TED talks on YouTube are like listening to the
    chatter at $2.00 at the Opera. 

  19. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    habit #1) live in reality, not isolate yourself from it.

  20. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    To me happiness is all about how we perceive…and react accordingly….we
    are truly responsible for our own happiness.

  21. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    An insightful (and fun) talk by French medical scientist Dr. Matthieu
    Ricard (PhD, Biochemistry). Thanks TED!

  22. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I had the happiest day of my life today and it was because of love, Does
    this mean love is happiness? Or was it just a contributor alongside other
    factors like leisure and pleasure?

  23. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Were the Crusades the best of Christianity? Was 9/11 the best of Islam? Was
    Vietnam the shining moment of whats right and good in America? Societies
    are fucked up, because their are made up of imperfect people. Some of those
    particularly imperfect people will make particularly imperfect decisions,
    but their actions cannot be attributed to the group with which they
    identify themselves, especially considering that fringe groups are always
    shunned. They are monks, but they are awful monks.

  24. Anonymous says:
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    someone needed to give that guy in the background some water or something.


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