Which Way is Life
Which Way is Life? is designed to help busy, overworked, stressed out people find their way to a more balanced, healthier, inspired life. Two times a week host Bill Klaproth will interview trendsetting doctors, fitness professionals, life coaches, meditation experts and more in a quest for transformational discovery and positive change.

Ep32 - Live a Life of Joy in the Face of Adversity: Douglas Abrams

From the Show: Which Way is Life
Summary: How to live a life of joy in the face of adversity, the eight pillars of joy, and the importance of looking beyond yourself with author Doug Abrams.
Air Date: 1/30/17
Duration: 27:29
Host: Bill Klaproth
Guest Bio: Douglas Abrams, Author
Douglas AbramsDouglas Abrams is an author, editor, and literary agent. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world.

He is also the co-founder with Pam Omidyar and Desmond Tutu of HumanJourney.com, a public benefit company working to share life-changing and world-changing ideas.

Doug has worked with Desmond Tutu as his co-writer and editor for over a decade, and before founding his own literary agency, he was a senior editor at Harper Collins and also served for nine years as the religion editor at the University of California Press.

He believes strongly in the power of books and media to catalyze the next stage of global evolutionary culture.

He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Book Title: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/ourhumanjourney
  • Guest Twitter Account: @douglasabrams

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The four fundamentals of human emotions.
  • Setting a daily intention.
  • The eight pillars of joy.
  • How to live a life of joy in the face of adversity.
  • Simple tips for happiness.
  • Insights from The Book of Joy. (try for free on audible using code "whichwayislife")

    High Five Highlights:

    • With all this joy, Doug, what brings you joy in everyday life? Doing cool stuff with the people I love.
    • If we learn one lesson from this book, what would it be? Look beyond yourself and don’t turn away from the sorrow; embrace it and learn from it.
    • Of the techniques and traditions that these men use what is your favorite? Meditation and self-reflection. Taking the time to go inward, know your own mind and heart.
    • So many shootings, road rage incidents and fights broadcast on Facebook, how can we show more understanding and compassion towards one another? So much of the negative news we see is an aberration; understand that it is the exception. For most people on earth, there is a lot of love and compassion and caring. When we shift that recognition, we can be a part of that tidal wave of compassion and kindness and connect with others and go beyond ourselves.
    • This recent election has made many uneasy. How do we find joy in a time of such uncertainty in America? Have that wider perspective. This is not the be-all and end-all. Get engaged and be purposeful; let’s use this time in our country’s history to make our republic better, to make our society better in a way that helps everyone, and remember our humanity. We all want the same thing... we want more joy and love and happiness despite our different views.

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