In 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to the Dali Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate the latter’s 80th birthday, and to engage in one of the most important of conversations: how can we find joy, despite the suffering that is intrinsically bound to life? This conversation was bound up into Douglas Abraham’s “The Book of Joy”.
These two Nobel prize winners—one, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the other, the leading spokesperson for the rights of black South Africans who drew national attention to the horrors of apartheid—spent a week together, simply conversing, trading stories, and attending to the issue of finding joy in the context of our contemporary world.
Finding truth in many different fields, from psychology to theology to their own storied personal experiences, these two men agreed on a set of positive qualities that can help people experience joy not as a fleeting emotion, but as an enduring part of their lives. Listen in on their conversation, and find out what personality traits to cultivate within your own heart and mind by learning these 8 pillars of joy.