The Simple Buddhist Trick to Being Happy: If you want to be happy think of x. If you want to be unhappy, think only of y.
If you want to be happy think first of others.
If you want to be unhappy, think only of yourself.
Selflessness is a path, not a state of perfection. If, along the way, we practice at thinking of others, first, we might find our ego’s self-concern dissolve.
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Editor: Rachel Nussbaum