The Book of Joy - Our Greatest Joy Summary & Analysis

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This chapter begins by Abrams asking the Archbishop to further explain the idea that joy is not merely a feeling, but “a way of approaching the world” (59). His answer both affirms the scientific research presented in the previous chapter and confuses Abrams because of its simplicity. He claims that “our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others” (59). Archbishop Tutu reinforces his answer by drawing on the South African concept of “Ubuntu…a person is a person through other persons” (60). Ultimately, the Archbishop believes humanity is a delicate network, and seeking joy is only possible through active participation in this profound network.

The Dalai Lama adds to the discussion by providing a recipe for generating more meaningful human connections throughout one’s life. Trust, born from a genuine compassion for another’s well-being, naturally attracts more friends. He echoes...

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