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  • Writer's pictureMandy Garcia

The Book of Joy

For those who know me well (and I eluded to this in my last post) I love to read or listen to books when in my down time. When I find a gem I feel the need to share! On a trip to the spa a few months back I had some time before my appointment as I always arrive early. While in the waiting room I was looking for something to occupy my time instead of my cell phone and noticed "The Book of Joy" written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams.

Intrigued by the title, I decided to at least read the first chapter. The book was the result of a week long trip the Archbishop took to visit the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday in India. Their goal was to create this book as a birthday gift to the world. It wasn't to go into depth into either of their faiths (though faith is discussed), but how everyone can find joy even when there is so much hardship in the world.

After the first chapter I was hooked. Its really amazing how two people from very different backgrounds had become such close friends. I was about halfway through the second chapter when for the first time ever I was disappointed I was being called back for my appointment.

As soon as I returned home I downloaded the audio book. I've yet to finish the book, but much of what they discuss truly resonates with me. For example, this quote from the Dalai Lama: "Sadly, many of the things that undermine our joy and happiness we create ourselves. Often it comes from the negative tendencies of the mind, emotional reactivity, or from our inability to appreciate and utilize the resources that exist within us. The suffering from a natural disaster we cannot control, but the suffering from our daily disasters we can. We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitudes, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people. When it comes to personal happiness there is a lot that we as individuals can do."

I'll post again after I've finished the book, but so far I highly recommend it. Many others do as well - it has five stars on Audible out of 12,439 ratings. Until then, send me an email and let me know what your favorite book is! I'm always looking to expand my library.

See you soon!


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