The Art of Happiness – A Handbook for Living is a finely written happiness book relating the east and the west by His Holiness Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler (Psychiatrist based in Arizona).
The Buddhist practices on happiness are related to the scientific practices in the west through series of questions, answers, teachings and discussions. The book tends to create the Buddhist principles on happiness into a daily practice or habit for a happy living, whether one is Buddhist or not.
The Art of Happiness reasons out one’s purpose of life, that is Happiness (or Enlightenment in Buddhism) and the happiness is barely known in some parts of the world. All the beings have the right to happiness and the happiness has the sources, so to find the sources of happiness, the book describes various eastern and western methods of training one’s mind of happiness. Also teaches the various methods and reasons to develop the compassion by deepening the connection to other beings. To achieve happiness, one has to transform sufferings and deal with anger and the book has it, how to transform one’s sufferings and deal with anger through various means like finding meaning in the pain and suffering and bringing about change.