From Matthieu Ricard’s Happiness:
By happiness I mean a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. This is not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion, or a mood, but an optimal state of being. Happiness is also a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it.
Ricard is, in the words of Daniel Goleman, who wrote the introduction to the book, a “Gnostic intermediary,” a Jung-coined term for those who make the journey into the spiritual depths to discern what lies there and who come back to tell us of their adventure. Or, translators: individuals who bridge one realm and the next. Interpreters. Which doesn’t so much as put an interesting spin on the definition above, but suggests a rather “subjective” universe.