Matthieu Ricard, 71, a former genetic scientist and now a Tibetan monk said he knows the secret to a happy, fulfilled life.
Let’s face it, we all want to be happy. In fact, it is the driving force behind most of our actions. But how do we achieve long-lasting happiness? A Tibetan monk feels he knows the answer: go vegan!
And ICYDK, he is known as “the world’s happiest man”! He believes that eating meat is the primary reason why we feel unfulfilled in life. He said that there are psychological benefits to sparing animals that would be killed for food. And these benefits also match the health pros of not eating meat. Indeed, maybe he is on to something as the World Health Organization recently linked meat and dairy products to illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, and colorectal cancers.
Ricard posted on his Facebook last Friday, “I am extremely concerned by the fate of the 8 million other species who share this world with us, and who, like us, wish to avoid suffering and live out their lives. When you ask people if they are in favor of justice and morality, everyone will say yes. Do you think you could then ask that it’s just and moral to inflict unnecessary suffering on sentient beings? Everyone will say no. And that’s exactly the case, because today this suffering is not necessary. If you love animals, watch and take action.” He went on to say, “The animals suffer, the environment suffers and we suffer. True happiness can only be attained when we avoid causing pain to others, so please become vegan like me.”
And although Ricard, a close confidante of the Dalai Lama, is in his 70’s, he is joining countless millennials who are jumping on the vegan bandwagon. Young people are the largest group that is leading a plant-based lifestyle with 42 percent of all vegans being aged 15-34. So, what are you waiting for? Choose happiness as it is attainable to everyone including the animals you can save!
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