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While not many people are willing to slow down and look at things as they are, the Dalai Lama does that on a daily basis. Life is not as complicated as we make it out to be and the sooner we realize that the better. 

Sure, it might seem a bit silly but if you’re looking for something to cheer yourself up, turning to the Dalai Lama’s words regardless of your religious beliefs might benefit you greatly. The Dalai Lama for those who do not know is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism, and he speaks out to help others in this world. His words are followed many and even if you’re not Buddhist you can learn a lot from him about bettering yourself and coming to terms with the things you’re struggling with. 

According to The Santa Carla University, the Dalai Lama spends a lot of his time reflecting and as a result, he’s managed to find happiness in the smallest places. One quote by this marvelous figure that really stands out to me is in regard to happiness and the purpose of life itself. Sure, it might not be easy to grasp for everyone but for those who are willing to let this kind of thing sink in, it reveals a lot. 

That quote goes as follows:

“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”

You see, we cannot live a full life as we’re supposed to if we’re unhappy. Without happiness life is pointless, wouldn’t you agree? No one wants to move through this world miserable day in and day out. The things we go through make us stronger but only if we can find happiness in the small things. 

If you’re struggling especially now, please allow these words to ring through to your heart. Through developing yourself within you can develop yourself on the outside as well. Easing your mind and cultivating the things you need on the inside will help you to manifest properly externally. Without motivation, your actions will not be where they should be and that we, I believe can all agree on. 

To read more from that quote you can click here and go over the Dalai Lama’s work towards peace and how he believes we can achieve exactly that someday. We as human beings must not be selfish and cold, we should work to care for others and also ourselves rather than just going through the motions of life. Only once you’ve found your own happiness can you truly find success. Success doesn’t bring happiness, happiness brings success.