Happiness Is Overrated

Simple Lessons On Finding Meaning In Each Moment


“An insightful, inspiring, uplifting guide for building a meaningful life and living it to the fullest. Written in an engaging and easy-to-understand style, what makes this book stand out from the crowd is its incredibly practical approach. It’s full of simple but powerful practices that anybody can do to enrich and enhance their life, moment by moment.”—Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

"In this enlightening guide, Buddhist teacher Lu lays out lessons on finding value in every emotion. The author skillfully distills Buddhist psychology down to graspable spiritual principles and delivers them in a compassionate tone, making for easy reading and lessons readers will be able to apply to their lives. This deceptively brief entry has insight to spare." —Publishers Weekly

Books by Cuong Lu

You are the calm of the ocean, not the pounding wave. The tumultuous, confusing, and unbearable feelings that arise in life will never overtake your true essence and the peace you can find below the surface.

Stop chasing happiness and reconnect to the meaning of each moment with this poignant guide, told through vignettes of life growing up as a Buddhist monk under the spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh.

In The Buddha in Jail, Cuong Lu demonstrates how to be in a helping relationship without getting caught in roles. As a prison chaplain, he did not attach to the idea of being a helper, or even of ‘helping.