Several of BETA staff attended an intensive conference in Boston to learn the latest techniques on meditation, visualization and peak performance practices for every day life. My colleague, Wayne Kessler and I interviewed Dr. Dan Brown, the conference speaker, on topics such as the role of the psychotherapist in the spiritual and personal development of clients, concepts such as languishing and flourishing, peak performance, and to learn tips for happiness from Dr. Brown.
For those of you not familiar with Dan Brown, he is one of the most highly respected educators in the field, and has been teaching health and mental health professionals for many years. He is the Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School, and has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 24 years. Dan is the author of 14 books including Transformations of Consciousness (with Ken Wilbur & Jack Engler), and a new book on Mahamudra. Pointing Out the Great Way: The Mahamudra Tradition of Tibetan Meditation-Stages (Wisdom Publications), and two books on public dialogues with H.H. The Dalai Lama.
Our interviews with Dr. Brown resulted in 6 quick videos on our Youtube video channel that we are sure you will find insightful.
In this video focusing on tips for happiness, Dan makes it clear that actively stepping out into the world of others in a meaningful way can have a profoundly positive impact on our sense of well being. Dr. Brown notes that happiness derived from relationships is “most frequently reported as the best forms of happiness, that includes intimacy, friendship, but also includes community service and compassion giving to others in various ways.” While most of us know in a general way that helping others is a "good thing to do" it is not often as clear that exhaustive studies have shown consistently that it tends to have a powerfully positive emotional and psychic effect on the person doing the helping.
Here is the link to the video:
Tips for Happiness: What Can One Do To Be Happy in This Emotional Life?
Please let us know what you think about the video!