Celebrated Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has revealed common paradoxes that keep us from living our best lives. These are things we think will make us happy, but don't really:
- Becoming rich, powerful and famous.
- Treating the universe as if it were a mail-order catalog, expecting to gratify your every pleasure.
- Yearning for "freedom" to achieve every last wish. This is not freedom, but being the slave of your own thoughts.
- Seeking too much pleasure. Pleasurable sensations soon become dull, and often unpleasant.
- Maliciously taking revenge on someone who has hurt you. By doing so, you often become like them and poison your mind.
- Expecting ALL praise and NO criticism. Without criticism, you won't progress.
- To vanquish all your enemies. Animosity NEVER brings happiness.
- To never face adversity. Refraining from doing so will make you weak and vulnerable.
- Expanding all your effort on taking care of yourself alone. No one exists in a vacuum.