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'For our life to be of value, we must develop basic good human qualities'


"For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities - warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful, and more peaceful - happier" (The Dalai Lama, 'The Art of Happiness')


In our accumulation-obsessed society, there's one thing that we all too easily forget to accumulate - basic good human qualities! As we race around trying to acquire more money, popularity, Tinder matches and Instagram followers, we forget that the most valuable thing we can ever acquire is a strong set of moral values.


The secret to a genuinely happy and fulfilling life is not the accumulation of more things. Instead, it is the accumulation of strong moral values and the practice of becoming the very best version of yourself. As the Dalai Lama says in today's Quote for the Day, it is the cultivation of 'basic good human qualities' that mans our life more meaningful, peaceful and happy. He suggests the fundamental qualities of warmth, kindness and compassion, which are the essential foundations for an enjoyable and fulfilling existence.


St Paul has some further suggestions for the kinds of 'basic good human qualities' that human beings ought to cultivate - 'clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience', he writes in his letter to the Colossians (3:12).


As you go about your daily life, look for opportunities to cultivate - and put into practice - these 'basic good human qualities'. They will provide the essential and secure foundation for the meaningful, peaceful and genuinely happy existence that you deserve to live!


Have a great day, and I'll see you for another Quote for the Day tomorrow (and every weekday!) here at www.benwardle.org/blog.




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