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"From the Ted Talk by Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness"

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So how do we proceed in our quest for happiness? Very often, we look outside. We think that if we could gather this and that, all the conditions, something that we say, "Everything to be happy — to have everything to be happy." That very sentence already reveals the doom, destruction of happiness. To have everything. If we miss something, it collapses. And also, when things go wrong, we try to fix the outside so much, but our cnootrl of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, iulrosly. So now, look at inner conditions. Aren't they stronger? Isn't it the mind that translates the outer condition into hnpesaips and sfnriufeg? And isn't that stronger? We know, by experience, that we can be what we call "a little padrsiae," and yet, be completely unhappy within.

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So how do we proceed in our quest for happiness? Very often, we look outside. We think that if we could gather this and that, all the conditions, something that we say, "Everything to be happy — to have everything to be happy." That very sentence already reveals the doom, destruction of happiness. To have everything. If we miss something, it collapses. And also, when things go wrong, we try to fix the outside so much, but our _______ of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, ________. So now, look at inner conditions. Aren't they stronger? Isn't it the mind that translates the outer condition into _________ and _________? And isn't that stronger? We know, by experience, that we can be what we call "a little ________," and yet, be completely unhappy within.

Solution

  1. control
  2. illusory
  3. happiness
  4. paradise
  5. suffering

Original Text

So how do we proceed in our quest for happiness? Very often, we look outside. We think that if we could gather this and that, all the conditions, something that we say, "Everything to be happy — to have everything to be happy." That very sentence already reveals the doom, destruction of happiness. To have everything. If we miss something, it collapses. And also, when things go wrong, we try to fix the outside so much, but our control of the outer world is limited, temporary, and often, illusory. So now, look at inner conditions. Aren't they stronger? Isn't it the mind that translates the outer condition into happiness and suffering? And isn't that stronger? We know, by experience, that we can be what we call "a little paradise," and yet, be completely unhappy within.

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collocation frequency
mind training 5
left side 3
loving kindness 3

Important Words

  1. call
  2. collapses
  3. completely
  4. condition
  5. conditions
  6. control
  7. destruction
  8. doom
  9. experience
  10. fix
  11. gather
  12. happiness
  13. happy
  14. illusory
  15. limited
  16. mind
  17. outer
  18. paradise
  19. proceed
  20. quest
  21. reveals
  22. sentence
  23. stronger
  24. suffering
  25. temporary
  26. translates
  27. unhappy
  28. world
  29. wrong