Learn the Dalai Lama's "18 Rules of Happiness" to live in peace with yourself and others

by Shirley Marie Bradby

September 20, 2018

Learn the Dalai Lama's "18 Rules of Happiness" to live in peace with yourself and others

Like all religions, Buddhism also intends to provide a person with the tools to best enjoy their life, in peace with themselves, and with other living beings.

However, Buddhism does not make devotion to deities the indispensable principle for achieving liberation from suffering --- which is the ultimate goal of human existence.

Instead, it provides a series of rituals and rules to follow in daily life. Among these are the famous, "18 Rules of Happiness", published by the Dalai Lama in the middle of the last century. 

Are you curious to know how to live a joyful and serene existence? Here is the information that you need!

via dalailama.com


The 18 Rules of Happiness

The 18 Rules of Happiness

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RULE 1. Always take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 

RULE 2. When you lose, don't miss the lesson. 

RULE 3. Always follow the three "Rs": Respect for yourself, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions. 

RULE 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 

RULE 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them correctly. 

RULE 6. Do not let a small dispute damage a great friendship. 

RULE 7. When you realize you have made a mistake, immediately take steps to correct it. 

RULE 8. Spend some time alone every day. 

RULE 9. Accept change, but without losing your values.



RULE 10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 

RULE 11. Live a good and honorable life. In this way, when you grow older and think about it, you can enjoy it a second time. 

RULE 12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation of your life. 

RULE 13. When discussing with your loved ones, only addresses the current situation. Do not bring up stories from the past. 

RULE 14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. 

RULE 15. Be kind to the Earth. 

RULE 16. Once a year, go someplace you have never been before. 

RULE 17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which mutual love overcomes mutual need. 

RULE 18. Measure your success by what you had to give up to get it.




If you have decided to seriously try the Dalai Lama's "18 Rules of Happiness", you can start by asking yourself these questions: 

1. What risks are you willing to take on at this time in your life? 

2. How will you determine if you are recognizing and learning from your mistakes? 

3. In which area of your life will you take on more responsibility? 

4. What moment of the day will you devote to thinking about yourself? 

5. How do you share the knowledge and wisdom you have? 

6. How do you respect yourself and others? 

7. What are your values? 

Write your answers in a diary, and begin to follow the Dalai Lama's 18 Rules. Keep track of your progress and failures, and commit to making significant personal growth on this spiritual journey. 

Good luck!