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Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  629 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Encouraging readers to be intelligent and skillful in their practice, this new collection by Thich Nhat Hanh outlines the essential steps by which we can all obtain real and lasting happiness. Each day, we perform the tasks of everyday life without thought or awareness — walking, sitting, working, eating, driving, and much more. But Hanh points out that if we remain truly
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Nov 07, 2010 Bobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book! The words of Thich Nhat Hanh are so simple and beautifully written. The message is clear. Slow down, breath, and smile! We go through life looking elsewhere for happiness, when the most amazing moment of your life is the one you are currently in...right now! I always thought that meditation was done on a zafu, sitting in silence while alone or in a temple. This book opened my eyes to Mindfulness everywhere! You can slow down and pay attention to your breath anywhere you ...more
Maughn Gregory
Sep 26, 2009 Maughn Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wisdom-studies
The sub-title of Thay's new book says it all: "Essential Mindfulness Practices." All of the wisdom traditions agree: wisdom - the well-lived life - is not a theory or a belief system but a way of living, i.e. a practice or set of practices. We (I) need to practice in both senses of that word: practice in order to improve, and practice as an established, skilled way of doing something, as a doctor practices medicine or a lawyer has a law practice. Self-transformation and the transformation of one ...more
Tim Weakley
I'm mixed on this book. It was a well written, well organized explanation of examined and purposeful action in your everyday life. I will borrow bits and pieces from it. My problem with the book lies in the fact that I find a lot of it to be not practical in the least.

Now this may just be me, and I would never suggest anyone not read it if you want a great look at mindfulness. I will say that I liked the Dalai Lama's books better.
Arawn Eibhlyn
Whenever times are difficult &/or circumstances become challenging, I find myself seeking shelter in Buddhism. While my practice has been inconsistent (if I'm being generous), this has been true for 35 years. In recent years, art has become another refuge from the turbulence. Now is the time to see if I can finally commit.
Jul 31, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
Full of wonderful mindfulness practices to transform one's everyday experience of life into one of happiness and deep connection.
Dec 26, 2015 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mp3
This is an amazing book! If you ever feel stressed in your day to day life, then you should read/listen to this book and put the principles into action. This book covers a lot of Buddhist practices that will help you live in the present mind. Some of these practices include conscious breathing, sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, tea meditation and many more. I am not Buddhist, but I do enjoy a lot of their practices and this book taught me quite a few things that I didn't kn ...more
Mark Robison
Jul 29, 2016 Mark Robison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book I’d recommend to many people, and I had a hard time getting into the e-book version because it’s a lot of instructions on how to be mindful when doing pretty much everything: eating, drinking, meditating, arguing with loved ones, working with a community, playing with children, etc. The audio version helped me see the book as a conversation with Nhat Hanh where he tells about an aspect of life, why it’s important to be mindful while doing it, and detailed practice tips on how to be mi ...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
I am neither happy nor mindful.

Thich Nhat Hanh presents several practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives. Some of these things I will never do (examples: tea ceremony mindfulness or carrying a bell to ring...) other things, I can do. (show gratitude and be mindful when eating or walking)

There is a beauty in tapping into the present moment. There is joy in it. The hard part is training oneself into being aware. Which is why it is called practice.

Positive read.
May 22, 2016 Marijn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mooi om meer te leren over de 'basis' van zijn gedachtegoed, er staan veel dingen in die ik meeneem.

Met name in de tweede helft vond ik het soms ook te zweverig, niet bij mij passend. Daar heb ik enkele stukken overgeslagen.
Aug 11, 2016 Morgane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Thích Nhất Hạnh's books always makes me happy. This one especially so.
Lubinka Dimitrova
Down to earth, practical exercises on mindfulness, loving kindness and awareness, for any person who wishes to find serenity and to cherish the joy of life each and every day. Following his advice, one can discover that mindfulness could be experienced while engaging in the most mundane activities, like sitting, walking. awakening, eating and drinking, even talking on the phone or simply breathing.

The narrator was definitely a better choice than the author himself, whose other readings were rat
Always good to be reminded to live fully in the moment. This book has some great practices but I can say that it would be best read than to listen to the audiobook version. Kind of defeats the purpose to be doing something else while listening to this book. Sadly it is the only format my library carries.
Nov 17, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened. By a Buddhist monk. Live in the moment. Breathe. Breathe some more. Awareness and mindfulness lead to contentment. Slow down and take time with everything you do.
Dec 31, 2016 JDK1962 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good collection of practices, probably a reference to keep on hand and revisit periodically.
Dec 06, 2016 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not for me
Michael Taylor
Nov 19, 2016 Michael Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, one way to learn more about 'mindfulness '.
Oct 15, 2016 Phanindra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book filled with many mindfulness practices that can be done throughout the day, from waking up routine to washing dishes to drinking tea. Very practical!
Dan Secor
Mar 03, 2016 Dan Secor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My view on this book wavered as I read it. Ultimately I gave this a strong 4-1/2 star rating after feeling some disappointment early on.

Even though I have many, many, many books centered around mindfulness practice, personal events from the past several months have left me ignoring my own personal practice. As part of my reading challenge for the year, I needed to read a self-improvement book, so I felt it was time to return to the roots of my meditation practice. What better way than to finally
This is a wonderful book. Just reading Thich Nhat Hahn's soothing, simple and grounding voice takes you into a world of wonder. The chapters are short, each with a one-two page introduction followed by a practice. The practices are very simple and many can be integrated into modern, busy lives. He teaches that happiness is within us - and being aware of your breathing brings you to the present, and being in the present is happiness.

"Breating in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I
Jun 08, 2013 Lon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of Thay's teachings is the importance of experiencing life fully in the present moment. To often the moments of our lives slip by, squandered, because we weren't present to them. Our body might be one place, but our mind is too often in another. He says, "This is the address of life: the intersection of here and now."

Another insight, about not resisting or denying the so-called "negative" emotions, but treating them like a generous host who is gracious to all guests. He says,"Our anger is li
Patience Phillips
I spent time with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Beacon Theater in NYC this past weekend. Personally one of the most moving moments of my life during the compassion meditation. Hearing him reemphasise happiness as he did in The Art of Mindfulness by being fully present in the moment compelled me to examine some of the books available for purchase. I decided to own this one because it includes all the mindfulness exercises he mentioned and more.

Mindfulness is all that matters if we are truly ourselves. T
Sep 02, 2014 Ngan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a clear and accessible resource for those who wish to learn and practice mindfulness. I'm not Buddhist, but find the messages and practices in this book to be applicable to all who want to live with intention, awareness, and compassion for the Earth and their fellow man. Thich Nhat Hanh makes the topic of mindfulness accessible to the layperson and offers easy and straightforward guidance on how to practice mindfulness through breathing, sitting, walking, and eating meditations (among ot ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific book of spiritual practices from Thich Nhat Hanh, for which I am very grateful. Simple practices and life-long ones for every day use. The personal peace treaty is amazing and worth the read even if you skip the rest of the book.

My one wondering: is there not another way for those of us who struggle to walk to practice mindful action than to watch someone walk for us? I think so. I am, of course, not the wise practitioner or retreat leader Thich Nhat Hanh is, but I do have exper
Aug 11, 2013 stinaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb has it spot on: "Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's key teaching is that through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present monent and develop a sense of peace. Accessible to those new to Buddhist teachings as well as more experienced practitioners, Happiness is the only book that collects all practices adopted and developed by Thich Nhat Hanh in his more than 60 years as a Buddhist monk and teacher." So many practices in such a short book and though I feel his other books may offer gr ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could have given this a better rating but to me it just contains lots of positive self-affirmations and chants. Perhaps helpful to those who need help with positive chants.
Sep 17, 2011 Sps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 200s
Contains telephone meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, bathing the baby Buddha, Watering the Flowers, The Cake in the Refrigerator, and other wonderful practices. When I got to the last page of this book, I turned it over and immediately started it again. If I re-read it every week and put it into practice, it would make for a very good life.

Oddly, when I told my mother about the re-reading experience she gave a little gasp and said she'd done the same thing with the first Thich Nhat
Shan White
Sep 04, 2014 Shan White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books by Thich Nhat Hahn books, it has HELP to shape and mold the way I think of myself and the relationship with loved ones. As well as, help with my anxiety, cause at the time fo purchasing the book I was having a really difficult time at work, and found myself stressed and stretched to my limit. So I took TNH advice, and was able to address problems in a respectful and peaceful way. Something I needed help with...badly lol. Anyways, I recommend this book to EVERYONE, it's l ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Suphatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little different from other books by Hanh, because the chapters were short and focused more on giving you practical steps to start finding peace right now. I liked that a lot, because it was very applicable to my life.

I'd suggest this read for Buddhists wanting guidance on specific issues they are dealing with, for example: work problems, raising children, squabbles with friends.
Feb 09, 2016 MyNguyen1709 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mình nghĩ cuốn sách này viết với nhiều thuật ngữ chuyên sâu hơn về các bài kinh về việc tu học, nếu những ai mới bắt đầu đọc về Thiền về tu học thì sẽ hơi khó hiểu, hoặc phải đọc đi đọc lại. Nhưng dường như sách nào của Thich Nhất Hạnh cũng đáng để đọc, những cuốn mình từng đọc cuốn nào cũng có điều hay và gần gũi với tâm của mỗi người.
Aug 24, 2016 Kcthinker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a sardonic person, I like the idea of using loving language and the concept of, "my other body."

When Hanh places the challenge to breathe, I wanted to try it. In my own personal practice, I kept getting lost in thoughts after the count of 4.

I wish I was better. This book is full of loving words to help me get better.
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more
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