In the New York Times Bestseller, the book of JOY, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu discuss the meaning of JOY.
“Joy,” as the Archbishop said during the week, “is much bigger that happiness. While happiness is often seen as being dependent on external circumstances, joy is not.” This state of mind – and hear – is much closer to both the Dalai Lama’s and the Archbishop’s understanding of what animates our lives and what ultimately leads to a life of satisfaction and meaning.
The book encourages us to connect gratitude with Joy. The practice is simple. Each day recall three things from which you are grateful. Write these in your journal. They can be as simple as the smile of a grandchild, the colors of a bird, the generosity of a stranger. Keeping this simple list has been shown over time to have emotional and physical benefits.
What are your three things today?