Joy and stuff

My father-in-law gave me The Book of Joy for the holidays. I dove right into the book and experience it as uplifting, enlightening and refreshing. I'm making a point to read or listen to a bit of it daily.

It seems to complement my Buddhist studies nicely, from a practical and grounding perspective. It also got me thinking about Sharon Salzberg again. She said that when researching her book, [Real Happiness] expected to discover that most people didn't consider themselves happy.

Her research confirmed this. Yet what surprised her more was that most people didn't feel like they DESERVE to be happy. I was one of them back then. I feel grateful to have shifted that perspective over the past 4-5 years.