The art of happiness

Have you ever wondered what makes our day count and our life become meaningful everyday we wake up? Has ever the purpose of life came across your mind? Happiness is a abstract word. Even the word is deprived from the Icelandic word happ, which means luck or chance, so how can we create something when that thing itself is somehow vague?

Happiness actually depends mostly on our thoughts and attitudes.

happiness depends on ourselves

As Aristotle said Happiness depends on ourselves, “The art of happiness” also states that happiness can be reached through training the mind. Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events. The book can ease readers’ mind. For those who are seeking roads to happiness, ” The art of happiness” is worth reading.

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The art of happiness is written by HH Dalai Lama, who won Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and Howard C. Cutler, who runs a psychiatric practice in Arizona.

The book combines the Dalai Lama’s eastern spiritual tradition with Dr Howard C. Cutler’s western perspectives. As ” an intriguing encounter between East and West” ( Mail on Sunday), The art of happiness covers opinions on dealing with everyday human problems and leading a happier life. The book consists of 15 chapters, which focuses on discussing the purpose of life, human warmth & compassion, suffering transformation, obstacles overcoming, and reflection on living a spiritual life.

Below are few quotations from the book.

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Our purpose in life should be positive.

“Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we’ve utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope, although there is no guarantee of our future. There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. But we are working for that purely on the basis of hope. So, we need to make the best use of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.

So, let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities—warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful—happier.

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When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, it’s often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation and confusion, it may be helpful to take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to simply reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities on the basis of that. This can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see which direction to take

A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering

A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.

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Porvoo

Finally my summer holiday starts. As the saying goes: a good holiday starts with a good book, I started reading the hundred-foot journey, then had a one day trip to Porvoo on the last Saturday of May.

Written by Richard C. Morais
Written by Richard C. Morais

Departing from Helsinki, I came back to Porvoo on a sunny afternoon. Porvoo is a city on the southern coast of Finland. It takes about 1 hour to travel by bus from center of Helsinki.

Porvoo is a tourist attraction, as usual.

Old Town in Porvoo,  a tourist attraction, as usual.

A hotel so-called Onni, meaning

A hotel so-called Onni, meaning ” happiness” in finnish language. Located in the middle of Old Town, it looks so peaceful from outside.

A boutique shop in Old Town

Man to the left because women are always right. A boutique shop in Old Town: Doris & Duke: Vintage &Modern

Old house in Old Town

Old house in Old Town

In Old Town

Quiet moments in Old Town

1. First stop: Cellar Cafe

On the way to Cellar cafe
On the way to Cellar cafe

Cellar Cafe

At Cellar Cafe

A cup of capuchino

A cup of capuchino to cheer up spirit for the whole trip

Capuchino, a little taste of heaven served in a cup

Coffee, a little taste of heaven served in a cup

View from Cellar Cafe

View from Cellar Cafe

Selfie with Audrey Hepburn

Selfie with Audrey Hepburn

2. Next stop: Timbali Restaurant

Timbali Restaurant

At the entrance

At the entrance

At the entrance

At the entrance

Chocolate Cake with strawberry sauce

Chocolate Cake with strawberry sauce

Little stone couple by growing flowers

Little stone couple by growing flowers

Inside Timbali

Inside Timbali

Such a cosy place

Such a cosy place

3. Third destination: Jokiranta Cafe

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View from the coffee shop

View from the coffee shop

4. Another destination: Nepalese Restaurant Pokhara

Now there is no longer Himchuli, but Porvoo has Pokhara

Now there is no longer Restaurant Himchuli, but Porvoo has Pokhara

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Inside Pokhara restaurant

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Inside Pokhara restaurant

Dinner set with rice and lamb meatballs. Nan bread is included.

Dinner set with rice and lamb meatballs. Nan bread is included. So nice to know that Pokhara’s owner is the same one who managed Himchuli in the past.

5. Final thing to do: wandering 

J. Runeberg statue

Statue of Johan Ludvig Runeberg , a national poet of Finland

Johannes Linnankoski statue

Statue of Johannes Linnankoski, a famous Finnish author

HAAGA-HELIA Porvoo Campus from a distance

HAAGA-HELIA Porvoo Campus from a distance. Studying and attending Start-up School there with friends before graduation was an unforgettable experience 🙂

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Quiet Old Town on the weekend

The sun is going down and it is time to go back to Helsinki.

Sunset by the river, few last moments before heading back to Helsinki