His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, "the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion." Giving and receiving affection is the key to happiness, and compassion is the key that opens our hearts to affection. Illuminating themes touched upon in The Good Heart and The Art of Happiness, this generous and gentle book contains some of the most beloved teachings on compassion that the Dalai Lama has ever offered. Touching and transformative, The Compassionate Life is a personal invitation from one of the world's most gifted teachers to live a life of happiness, joy, and true prosperity. His Holiness offers specific practices for developing loving-kindness and compassion in even the most difficult situations.