I finished The Book of Joy last night. It is interesting timing. I highly recommend the book about Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. They met in Tibet to discuss Joy and everything about it. Reading this is your time well spent and can only be helpful.
My summary is they feel Joy can only be reached by helping others. No other element of life, organic or created, even comes close.
That is pretty good advice from two guys who know a thing or two about suffering. I found a decidedly Buddhist tilt that pointed out that our suffering is chosen. We cannot avoid the apparent reasons we suffer, conflict, death, etc. But we can prevent the pain we accept from societal noise and friction. If we can separate ourselves from it, we can focus on doing real work, like helping another.
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