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Are You Unnecessarily Troubled?

How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? This is the timeless question that Nobel Peace Prize winners Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu light-heartedly answer in The Book of Joy.

While filled with pearls of wisdom, the two discuss that in this world of seven billion human beings where no one wants to have problems or suffering, everyone has the responsibility to develop a happier world.

We create most of our own suffering which undermines our joy and happiness. It usually comes from the negative tendencies of the mind, emotional reactivity, or from our inability to know and use the resources that exist within us.

Think about the time we can waste being miserable or worrying about things that can be changed or things that cannot be changed. If something can be remedied, do it and move past the unhappiness from unnecessary worry. If something cannot be remedied, accept it and move on.

Think of the magnitude of JOY this simple change by seven billion people in the world would feel like! It has to start somewhere so let it be with us!


This Week's Focus:

This week, when feeling unhappy about something, ask yourself whether it can be remedied or not? Based on your answer, either act on it or let it go. Don't be unhappy unnecessarily.

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!

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