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The Four Pillars of Happiness:

We must stop searching for happiness in experiences outside ourselves. There are, in my opinion, four pillars: – Rinpoche

  1. Loving Kindness — is the key to generating happiness not just on a personal level, but for others as well. You must love yourself and truly know, that no matter the circumstance, you are good enough. From there, you can spread that compassion to others.
  2. Compassion —  A strong communal sense of helping others, always considering if what you do will benefit the community. In other words, living compassionately towards others.
  3. Non-Attachment — Accepting that all things are impermanent. If you accept that all things are impermanent, then that means there can be change, and with change there is hope. This also holds true for the positive things in life. Accepting that things don’t last, including success and wealth, allows you to truly appreciate what you have at hand. Learn to be happy with what you have and make the best of it.
  4. Karma — What you reap is what you sow. Accepting that your actions and choices have an impact on the world around you. Believing in karma is an opportunity for you to transform yourself, to shape yourself, to really work on who you want to become and do what you want to achieve.

Always remember that the most important thing is to live life in the present moment, and that happiness is not a by-product of external factors, but the result of positively conditioning your mind. Happiness is at the grasp of everyone”. – Rinpoche