I am reading a great book “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” It chronicles a long meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama. It is just an awesome book that reminds us joy is up to us and the world needs our joy. One thing I read today really struck me “Everybody wants a happy life-and our individual happy life depends on a happy humanity.” That is one thing the Dalai Lama said.
Now, sometimes this isn’t totally true, because we need to choose to bring joy with us. However, when we choose to bring joy, and serve joy to those we interact with on a daily basis, that joy spreads (studies show how a simple smile is contagious and causes those whom you smile at to smile, and therefore their body secretes the “happy” hormones, stress is reduced, blood pressure normalizes a bit, etc).
So when we choose to be joyful, (joyful doesn’t mean you have to bounce around the room singing the sound of music, it is more like the warmth in your soul that you are grateful to be alive, for your breath and the knowing everything is in essence ok in this moment) we choose to help humanity become happier.
When humanity is happier, we are happier… and the awesome cycle goes on and on.
So… I am thankful for JOY today :)!