The Book of Joy

“The Book of Joy” is a beautiful book about the conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It talks about how to have lasting peace in an ever-changing world. I just recently started reading it and I can’t help but smile (literally) as I turn each page. These two spiritual leaders are so light-hearted yet wise, full of compassion and an infectious happiness. I haven’t even met them – and only learned about them more intimately through this book – but I am already captivated.

It’s a must read for everyone in search for inspiration and joy amidst the negativity and injustices suffered in this world.

“There are going to be struggles in life. The question is not: how do I escape? The question is: how can I use this as something positive?”

“Three factors that have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness: the ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, our choice to be kind and generous.”

“I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, to serve and help others. if not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.”

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