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Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices

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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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Maughn Gregory
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
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
Full of wonderful mindfulness practices to transform one's everyday experience of life into one of happiness and deep connection.
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
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.
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.
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
Shan White
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
Reading Thích Nhất Hạnh's books always makes me happy. This one especially so.

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
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
Very interesting & needed book while adjusting in a new country. Words written were inspiration and insightful. I carried this book everyday for the first month here in Ghana. Now I use it frequently & periodically to mediate & focus before a task
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
This book came into my life at a time that I needed it most. Lately it's been hard for me to connect with myself and with others, but with the practices discussed in Hanh's book I'm doing better. Definitely worth the read.
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
A great book for meditation. Includes different ways to meditate, poems, times to meditate, etc.
Excellant . Pure Thich Nhat Hanh
Helpful and practical, even if you're like me and only feel able to incorporate just a few of Thay's suggestions in day to day living.
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.
There was a lot of wisdom in this book, but I was hoping for something more like True Love, which was like a poem. Thich Nhat Hanh can sometimes get a little twee for my tastes, but everything he talked about resonated with me. I think I skew more and more Buddhist as I get older.
Steven Waters
The message: Everyday Mindfulness = Happiness
This book provides insight and reminders of where we can use mindfulness in our everyday walk. Thich Naht Hanh has provided perfect bite-size pieces here that helped me start my day mindfully.
Zafirah Muhammad
Saw him on Oprah. So glad I did. he brings you back to your breath and your true self. several practices to use in your daily life. This is a book to own and pass on to your family members. A must purchase.
This was the first book I have read on this subject. There were certainly many quotes from the book that I want to reread and make a part of my daily thinking.
Very helpful book. Reminds us to appreciate ourselves, life and those around us. Live for today, that's all we have. Two thumbs up!
Many simple useful practices for rewiring the brain for compassion. Read the library book and then purchased on Kindle for further study.
Very interesting and useful information on calming the mind, dealing with anxiety and living a more focussed and happy life.
Jan 23, 2010 Vhealey is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Very good so far. With the help of this book, I have finally been able to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life.
An outstanding collections of practical mindfulness practices.
Sol Smith
An outstanding book on Buddhist practices.
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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
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