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The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever.

In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global with a rousing argument that altruism—genuine concern for the well-being of others—could be the saving grace of the twenty-first century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard’s message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.

Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It’s a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle—and one that just might make the world a better place.

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  • "Altruism is divided into short, cogent chapters, making it surprisingly accessible, despite its massive dimensions….The numerous individual stories [Ricard] recounts are inspiring and often downright gripping…. Altruism is a careful, detailed, hard-nosed assessment of what is needed both for individual happiness and for the welfare of the planet…an inspiring resource to be consulted over many years.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • "[A] tour de force [that] brings together science, religion, and history to explore the nature of compassion.”

    Huffington Post

  • "[A] life-changing volume.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Dan Woren’s vocal calmness and smooth phrasing create a compelling performance of this thoughtful book…Woren’s pacing has the distinctive quality of being slow and determined without sounding labored or overdramatic.”

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