In keeping with the posts of the last two days I’d like to explore further the concept of Happiness and how to cultivate it.
Like yesterday’s post, and the day before, I postulate that Happiness is best found in pursuit….. in pursuit of something other than Happiness. Yesterday I wrote about cultivating Thankfulness. Today I’d like to make a pitch for cultivating Compassion.
Today I read (or rather listened to) a book that really resonated with me; A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s vision for Our World, by Daniel Goleman. Compassion, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet points out, is not about some sort of touchy feely, mamby pamby kind of feeling. Rather it is muscular and robust. And it entails three elements. I have chosen the acronym, FAT to help remember these three ingredients.
- F = Fairness – Treating people equally.
- A = Accountability – Taking responsibility for our mistakes.
- T = Transparency – Dealing with others openly and honestly.
So, if I want more Happiness in my life I can try to act more Compassionately, and I will act more Compassionately when I cultivate a FAT lifestyle :-).
Stay tuned for more on Happiness. Today the Dalai Lama, tomorrow, Aristotle.