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I am 1. No­tice what you want to change. Do you tend to judge oth­ers? Do you let greed rule your spend­ing de­ci­sions? Are you easily an­gered? This isn’t the time to beat your­self up for these as­pects of your per­son­al­ity. It is just about notic­ing how you think and be­have, be­ing hon­est for the goal of be­com­ing bet­ter. 2. Choose one pos­i­tive char­ac­ter trait to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing. 3. Be­come aware of your ac­tions and choices as you move through­out your day. If you no­tice that you are slip­ping back into old habits, ask your­self, what would some­one who is _______ (in­sert the trait your fo­cus­ing on) do in this sit­u­a­tion? Then act ac­cord­ingly.



sin­cere Bud­dhist monk Matthieu Ri­card, once a spe­cial­ist in molec­u­lar ge­net­ics, is con­sid­ered to be the hap­pi­est man in the world. Scans done on his brain by neu­ro­sci­en­tists re­vealed ex­ces­sive ac­tiv­ity in Ri­card's brain’s left pre­frontal cor­tex com­pared to its right coun­ter­part. Re­searchers be­lieve that this gives Ri­card an ab­nor­mally large ca­pac­ity for hap­pi­ness and a re­duced propen­sity to­wards neg­a­tiv­ity.

Ri­card him­self be­lieves that we can all be truly happy if we get rid of men­tal tox­ins such as ha­tred, ob­ses­sion, ar­ro­gance, envy, greed and pride.

His latest book is called

In it he ex­am­ines the im­por­tance of al­tru­ism and the world's need for it, and ex­plores its im­pact in so­ci­ety, pol­i­tics, the econ­omy, the en­vi­ron­ment, and ed­u­ca­tion. e.g. PER­SIS­TENCE: Suc­cess­ful peo­ple never quit. Most peo­ple in to­day’s world will walk away from some­thing be­cause they find it too hard, whereas suc­cess­ful peo­ple love chal­lenges.









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