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Happiness beyond selfishness

By Matthieu Ricard on August 11, 2009

To imagine happiness as the achievement of all our desires and passions, is to confuse the legitimate aspiration to inner fulfilment with an utopia that inevitably leads to frustration.
Among all the clumsy, blind, and extreme ways we go about building happiness, the most sterile is selfishness.
Even if we display every outward sign of happiness, we can never be truly happy if we dissociate ourselves from the happiness of others.