Today I finished listening to The Book of Joy which captures a week long conversation between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They are both Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. They are close friends.

The Book of Joy wasn’t on my reading list. I stumbled upon the book while browsing at my local library and thought “why not, I could use more joy.” I ended up devouring it over the weekend. I think I am changed for the better because of it, though I can’t quite put my finger on why just yet. I’m going to purchase my own physical copy and read it again.

The takeaway I have this evening is simply this. Gratitude creates the space for joy to flow in. And gratitude is something that can be cultivated regardless of circumstance. I’ve heard this lesson before but hearing it from these two was powerful, playful, and… and I’m not sure what the right word is here. Necessary? Maybe.

Despite the heavy topics, the book is easy to listen to. The book is written in a way that is intentionally universal, for all “sentient beings,” while honoring the traditions of both men. If you need a break from the rat race or simply want more joy in your life, give it a read.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets his close friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the airport.