I’m so excited to see The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World released at last! This project with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the culmination of an amazing amount of behind the scenes work to bring these two together for just a week in Dharamsala.
The book chronicles the meeting of great friends and their discussions on joy and compassion intertwined with so many life lessons. They share deeply personal stories and how, even in adversity, they find happiness and joy.
We are not all so different after all, you see.
They speak of issues many of us face in our own lives; frustration, family, traffic, confrontations in the street, imprisonment, even despair. Yet they teach us how compassion for others and a healthy dose of humility can help maintain a calm and joyous mind no matter what. We come to understand the role of humor and storytelling to allow happiness to transform us and others.
Can you think of two spiritual leaders who embody joy more than these two? Me either.
In addition to the stories from this week-long visit, there are “joy practices” in the book, lessons we can use to experience joy in our lives through compassion, humility, and a deeper understanding of ourselves. Want to learn more? Take the Joy Challenge, and get a daily text message with affirmations and actionable tips to help you feel your best self each day.
Get the book on Kindle, Amazon or Audible and learn how you too can bring more joy into your own life and those around you.
(Disclaimer, I was part of the Human Journey team during this trip, but that’s another story. I’m posting this from my own heart.)