The Book of Joy - Generosity: We Are Filled with Joy Summary & Analysis

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This chapter addresses the eighth and final pillar of joy, generosity. Abrams identifies generosity as “a natural outgrowth of compassion,” connecting the two final pillars of joy (264). Archbishop Tutu begins the conversation by claiming that true joy comes from learning “self-forgetfulness” (263) focusing on the needs and concerns of others as opposed to oneself. Ultimately, generosity is equivalent to charity. After identifying the ways charity is expressed in major world religions, Abrams lists a slew of scientific evidence that suggests generosity not only makes us feel good, but it is essential to our survival.

Abrams describes three methods of giving (or charity) in this chapter: giving money, giving time, and spiritual giving. He first cites psychological research and an example of a doctor who felt more satisfaction giving his money away as opposed to keeping it to prove that “money...

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