3 habits to be happy as recommended by a Harvard-educated Buddhist monk

Happiness is often found in the simple moments of life. Whether it’s sharing a genuine smile with a stranger, unexpectedly running into an old friend, or indulging in a quiet afternoon of reading, these small acts have the power to warm our hearts without the need for grand events.

Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk hailing from Daejeon, South Korea, and with a background from prestigious institutions like Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, has dedicated his life to promoting well-being and contentment. Through his organisation, “The School of Broken Hearts,” he offers guidance and meditation sessions for those navigating life’s challenges, gaining international recognition along the way.

Sunim’s wisdom isn’t confined to his teachings alone; he’s also an acclaimed author with works such as “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” and “The Art of Loving Imperfections.” With a following exceeding 130 thousand on Instagram, he shares his insights on happiness and mindfulness with a global audience.

In his journey, Sunim emphasises habits that resonate deeply, and offers simple yet profound advice for cultivating joy.

Avoid the comparison trap

Comparing ourselves to others is a common pitfall that can dim our inner light. Sunim wisely advises, “Stop comparing yourself to others, as there will always be someone richer, smarter, or more attractive.” It’s a reminder that our worth isn’t defined by external measures, but by the richness of our own experiences and contributions.

Find calm amidst the chaos

In today’s fast-paced world, stress is a constant companion. Sunim encourages us to quiet our restless minds, recognising that when we find inner peace, the world around us appears brighter. Incorporating practices like staying hydrated, reducing stimulant intake, and engaging in regular physical activity can help us maintain a sense of balance amidst life’s whirlwind.

Embrace the journey, not just the destination

Rushing through life can rob us of the joy found in the present moment. Sunim urges us to savour the journey, reminding us that true fulfilment comes not from reaching our goals in haste, but from appreciating the beauty of the path we tread. By slowing down and relishing each step, we can cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude and contentment.

In essence, Sunim’s teachings offer a roadmap for mindful living, guiding us towards a life filled with purpose, peace, and profound happiness.

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire Spain
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Write


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