The Dalai Lama's Outlook on Life

The Dalai Lama has been someone I've admired for a long time.  He's written several books, given many talks, on various topics and continues to work tirelessly for the poor, disaffected and displaced.  All while living in exile.  The Dalai Lama remains positive even though he's dealing with these issues on a daily basis.

Time Magazine did a 10-questions piece on him in 2010.  I've included the video portion of it, and I'm struck by how candid he is.  I think many of us would be guarded and reserved,  What's been most impressive to me about the Dalai Lama is how joy pervades him.  I've never seen a picture of him looking exhausted, defeated, indifferent.  He is genuinely curious about all around him.  His knowledge is vast, as he is guided by his curiousity. He's also extremely optimistic.  Here's a question-response from the Time article:

How do you stay so optimistic and faithful when there is so much hate in the world? —Joana Cotar, FRANKFURT 

I always look at any event from a wider angle. There's always some problem, some killing, some murder or terrorist act or scandal everywhere, every day. But if you think the whole world is like that, you're wrong. Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.

If you are interested in knowing more about his perspective, you can read his book, The Art of Happiness.  It's a relatively quick read and is focused on human happiness, not religious doctrine.  He's able to separate out his religious perspective and discuss the science of happiness.