True happiness is not about acquiring anything, but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside of you. Awakening Joy is based on a popular ten-month course taken by thousands since 2003, and designed to develop our natural capacities for well-being and happiness.
Learn basic principles and experiential exercises drawn from Buddhist philosophy, and other supportive practices which are presented in a user-friendly way. Explore techniques for developing gratitude, learning to love yourself, opening up to the hard stuff as a path to joy, and finding joy in the happiness of others. Perhaps you can’t imagine yourself skipping through a meadow with childlike exuberance. Don’t worry. Truly happy people are not happy all the time. They feel sad and angry and have the whole range of human emotions. Joy is a general feeling of aliveness and well-being that is characterized by engagement with life, meeting its ups and downs with authenticity and perspective. It can look very different from person to person, from a quiet sense of contentment to bubbly enthusiasm. Identifying how joy expresses itself uniquely through you is one of the discoveries that awaits.
Note: You do not have to be a “joyful person” to benefit from this workshop, though you might have fun anyway.
Recommended reading: Baraz and Alexander, Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness; Foster and Hicks, How We Choose to Be Happy.