16 Guidelines for a Happy Life 4+

The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom

Designed for iPhone

    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings
    • Free

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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.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

Design updates for the whole app.
The new logo of the app.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Michelleisgroovy ,

A great way to start the day!

16G provides a simple way to align your day. Start by giving yourself 15 minutes to slow down your “first thing in the morning to do list” to put the right intentions into your self and daily hectic life. I write down my “card” word on a couple post it notes and place them around; one in my purse, one on my dashboard, restroom mirror - wherever you may see it, especially at a high stress time, and do 3 7-11 breaths I return to the place of calm. I adore this app! 🙏

App Privacy

The developer, The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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