The 16 guidelines for a happy life are a set of practical, straightforward tools for developing happiness and meaning in everyday life. Inspired by a 7th century Tibetan text, they offer a presentation of universal wisdom which is suitable for people of all ages, cultures and traditions.
The guidelines are grounded in the belief that positive change in society starts with the individual. If each of us can develop our capacity to be kind and wise, this will enable us to develop happiness and meaning on our life and the lives of the people around us. The more happy and fulfilled we each are, the more chance we have of building a just and peaceful world.
Renate Ogilvie presented this paper at Happiness & Its Causes 2012.
Renate is a psychotherapist in private practice, teacher of Buddhist Philosophy, and Corporate Trainer with over 20 years experience. She is co-director of Machik Labdron International Women’s Retreats in Paro, Bhutan and a special advisor to BNF (Bhutan Nuns Foundation). Her special interests are contemporary secular ethics, the principles of Gross National Happiness (GNH), and the application of the Buddha’s teachings to life in the 21st century. She has worked for DER SPIEGEL news magazine in Germany, and as a Literary Agent and Publisher in London.
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