Ricard: Externals

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Up to this point the primary emphasis in this book has been on what blocks genuine happiness—namely, our sense of entitlement, our expectations, our believed thoughts and judgments, our fear-based emotions, and our attachments and addictions.
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These are the exact things that prevent us from experiencing the deeper and more lasting state of equanimity.
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This may sound pretty grim for a book on happiness; it may also be hard to accept that few of the things that we do to make ourselves happy actually work.
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But if we honestly observe ourselves, we will see that this is true.
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All the things we chase after in the mistaken belief that they will make us happy only give us brief periods of pleasure, at best.
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Externals can’t make us truly happy; but genuine happiness is our natural state when all of the things that impede happiness—such as our expectations, judgments, attachments, and fears—no longer get in the way.
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