What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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.

The French Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been dubbed by some in the media “the happiest man alive.” The title has also been attached to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Who’s happier? We may never know!

He speaks about the contrast between your mind’s control over good and evil, anger and happiness, familiarity and reality, love and kindness (and you can watch it with subtitles in 31 languages!).

He includes photos from his Himalayan excursions, as well as a good deal of smiling, laughter, and wisdom.

“We love to do jogging, fitness. We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful. Yet, we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most — the way our mind functions — which, again, is the ultimate thing that determines the quality of our experience.”

Can you change your happiness simply by changing the habits of your mind’s thought process?

Ricard says yes, and so do we.

The past couple days we’ve challenged ourselves to embrace the thoughts of Ricard, and (honestly) we’ve seen the difference, and not just in our own thoughts and actions but the thoughts and actions of the colleagues, friends, family and people around us.

I’d encourage everyone to watch this video and try it this week, then tell us how it worked for you.

Watch the awesome inspirational talk below:

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