Misery: the secret to happiness

There's an interesting story on the BBC news site today:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6711071.stm
The key to a happy relationship could be to accepting that some miserable times are unavoidable, experts say.

"Pure Buddhism", I thought, and lo  and behold, the article goes on to describe how the therapists are recommending Buddhist mindfullness meditation as a technique to help to cope with family suffering.

"Life is suffering" is the first Noble Truth of Buddhism, and people often see this as a very pessimistic starting point for a philosophy of life, but in fact it's not at all.  It's just true :)

It amuses me that we think we have advanced so much as a species since 250BC, whilst in fact we are ailed by exactly the same afflictions as we were back then, and the path towards wholeness described by Buddha is just as relevant.

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