What is the real secret of happiness?
To answer this question, the Dalai Lama says, “Many people feel money is the source of a happy life. Money is necessary, but useful- but more and more money doesn’t bring happiness. Relying on money to be happy is too materialistic.”
Happiness is not about money.
Happiness doesn’t care about your money.
It is more than your money.
If you are not happy, don’t blame your money.
Happiness is not about your bank account.
Happiness is not about your titles.
Happiness is not about your cars.
Happiness is not about your vacation homes.
Happiness is more than material possessions.
Happiness happens in your mind.
If your mind is healthy, clean, positive, you will find happiness. The Dalai Lama adds: “Nowadays, many people have the belief that if material progress continues, then everything will be okay. That way of thinking is a mistake. Material goods provide comfort for the physical body but not for the mind.”
If you want to be happy, you must work really hard to protect your mind. Remember, happiness is not about money. It is about your mind.
Goleman, D., A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World (New York: Bantam Books, 2015): 106-107