‘Happiness is a way of life’

World-renowned author opens landmark summit with plea for compassion and altruism

Dubai – One of the sessions at the 6th edition of the World Government Summit 2018 highlighted the impact of making happiness a way of life.


Matthieu Ricard, philosopher and best-selling author of books on happiness and compassion, inaugurated the first day of the summit by asking the assembled audience to consider a more compassionate and altruistic approach to daily life for the benefit of society and the world.

Leading the audience in a guided meditation session, Ricard inspired them with true-life stories about how loving-kindness meditation and altruism can trigger real change in the world.

Addressing the world’s most urgent challenges, such as climate change, economic inequality and social injustice, he added that altruism is a pragmatic answer to the pressing issues of the 21st century. “In the short term, it allows for caring economics, in the medium term it can reduce inequalities and address social injustice and in the long term, it will allow future generations to care for the eight million species on our planet,” he said.

He pointed out that the planet is in urgent need of a strategy that focuses on a qualitative life that achieves sustainable harmony by remedying inequalities and achieving social justice, as well as caring economics that balances financial, social and environmental prosperity.

Ricard also held a session at the Global Dialogue for Happiness the day before, which brought together experts, government officials and representatives of international organisations.

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