It is not the first time I write about the book The Book of Joy . It is trully astonishing.
You should read it: Wisdom in every page bringing pure joy and guidance to your daily thoughts.
In my opinion the greatest revelation yet is given when they talk about
The Eight Pillars of Joy.
I hope you find it as enlightening as I have. I give you this in the format of advice so that you can start to practice this TODAY!
Open up to the lives and perspectives of others, and be willing to experience their suffering. Remember: we are not alone in our own difficulties.
Always think others are as valuable and wonderfully made as you are (at least ;) ).
Use playfulness to bring people closer together, to diffuse tense situations. Humor helps us to live together peacefully.
Acceptance allows us to engage life on its own terms. It enables us to change and adapt.
Stop blame and give pardon. Justice can be served without anger, without hatred. Once it is served, learn to let go. Forgiveness allows past hurts to fade away, where they stop becoming an obstruction to a joyful life.
be grateful and recognize that this attitude helps you to generate our own happiness. Gratitude connects us to others: we can remember all of those who help make our happiness possible and that bring goodness into our lives.
Compassion: Explore compassion and empathy. Allow yourself to be concerned when you see others suffer, and to wish for that suffering to be relieved. Compassion should be extended to the self, as well. Learn to recognize your needs.
Generosity: Strive to attain a generous spirit, made possible by accepting that you are just a steward of your wealth.
Practice these attitudes and make the world a better place! You’ll soon find Joy.
[Do these seem to abstract? Will it help to look at these guidelines on a different perspective?
>> Considering yourself greater than your fellows. This separates you and makes you feel as if you must act a certain way.
>> Using Humor to mock or belittle others
>> Wishing, in vain, that things were different. Avoid becoming stalled in denial, despair, and anxiety.
>> Do not condemn others. When you do not forgive a person that has hurt you, you allow that person to hold power over you, to control your emotions.
Be careful. These are dangerous thoughts or attitudes and true obstacles to your joyful life. These will only rob you of happiness and sow the seeds of sadness around you.]
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.