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Seeking new inspiration and calm in your life? Take a few minutes to reconnect with the best of yourself, and discover fun ways to make a positive difference to your family, friends and workplace.

This practical app with guided audio reflections and daily challenges will empower you to make a positive change in yourself that will reverberate in the world around you.

Motivated by the work of our patron, The Dalai Lama, the 16 Guidelines have offered tens of thousands of people around the world a tried and tested framework for developing empathy, compassion and resilience in daily life.

PAUSE – a unique animated guide to the 7-11 breathing technique
CONNECT – take your pick or take your chance to find your Guideline for the day
REFLECT – stimulating quotes on the deeper meaning of each Guideline
EXPLORE – 16 three-minute guided reflections for inspiration and calm
SHARE – practical challenges to turn each Guideline into action

16 Guidelines origins

Based on a 7th century Tibetan text, the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life are a set of ethical precepts that cut through the issues that divide the modern world. They are instantly recognisable to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, and hold the key to the happiness for our families, our communities and ourselves.

The 16 Guidelines propose that it isn’t material wealth, reputation and status, or even comfort and good health that will bring us stable and lasting happiness. Instead, they encourage us to pay deeper attention to how we think, act, relate with others and find meaning in life.

The 16 Guidelines are not a set of commandments or quick fixes. Instead, they offer an opportunity to explore your own life experiences. Ranging from humility to courage, the guidelines are universally familiar yet profound qualities that take us to the heart of what it means to be a caring and fulfilled human being.

Browse the 16 Guidelines here -

About us

The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life programme was launched by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW) (http://compassionandwisdom.org/) in 2006 and has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people in over 20 countries around the world.

Visit www.16guidelines.org to find out more about 16G books, workshops, community projects and other programmes inspired by the 16 Guidelines in fields such as education, youth work, health and social care, and leadership.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Atta84 ,

Moments of calm

I love the 16 Guidelines app and have used it almost every day since I first downloaded it. It offers me a moment of calm during everyday life, time to check in to focus on what is important in life. I really like the random pick option and exploring each of the guidelines always brings me fresh inspiration. Thank you for creating this beautiful insightful app.

gillianflutes ,


16G have been so beneficial to my life. In particular, just now when life has been challenging. It guides me to react and consider all sorts of things from a different angle/focus. This has always led to a positive within me, whether it has been in what I have said or how it has impacted upon me. Thank you 🙏

Boingbloed ,


If you are looking to improve your healthy mental habits this is great!


Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom
87.2 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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