Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

by Sylvia Boorstein
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Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life by Sylvia Boorstein

How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love–to keep our minds in a happy mood–when life is complex, difficult, and, often, disappointing? Bestselling author and beloved teacher Sylvia Boorstein asked herself these questions when she started to write this inspiring new book. The result is her best work to date, offering warm, wise, and helpful ways we can experience happiness even when the odds are against us.

As Boorstein has discovered in more than three decades of practice as a professional psychotherapist, the secret to happiness lies in actively cultivating our capacity to connect with kindness: with ourselves; with friends, family, colleagues; with those we may not know well; and even with those we may not like. She draws from the heart of Buddhist teachings to show how Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration can lead us away from anger, anxiety, and confusion, and into calmness, clarity, and the joy of living in the present. These qualities strengthen our ability to meet encounters of every kind with balance and intelligence, providing us with a grounded sense of true contentment.

Happiness Is an Inside Job resonates with the knowledge of a psychotherapist, the compassion of a spiritual teacher, and the wisdom of a grandmother. Boorstein’s vivid stories capture our minds and our hearts, and the simple exercises she suggests can be done while you read.

This beautiful book is comforting and reminds us that life is a shared journey, that our hearts truly do want to console and love our fellow sojourners, and that living happily is indeed the best way to live.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345513014
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 344,070
File size: 311 KB

About the Author

Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She writes a regular column for Shambhala Sun, lectures widely, and is the bestselling author of Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake; It’s Easier Than You Think; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There; and That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist. A practicing psychotherapist, Boorstein is a frequent presenter at psychology conferences and training seminars. Sylvia and her husband, Seymour, divide their time between Sonoma County, California, and their home in France.


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Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calming and comforting, filled with Buddhist wisdom about the true source of happiness--this book is a treasure!
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Purchased this book hoping it would be about an easier path to happiness. Instead it was about the author's religious beliefs and practices with several anecdotal detours sprinkled in for flavor. Had to force myself to finish the book. Proves anyone with some cash and connections can get a book published.