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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sylvia Boorstein Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455189021
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How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love what we do year after year? These are the questions bestselling author and beloved teacher Sylvia Boorstein asked herself. The result is Happiness Is an Inside Job, her best work to date, a warm, wise, and instructive book on how we can cultivate happiness even when the odds are against us.

In her more than four decades of Buddhist practice and teaching, Boorstein has discovered that the secret to happiness lies not in monastic solitude but in cultivating our connections with the world, with family, friends, colleagues, and even those we do not know well. In this beautiful book, she reminds us that our hearts want to console, appreciate, encourage, and love and that restoring these qualities leads to a solidly grounded sense of happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful book, heartwarming and wise, that conveys the essence of what the Buddha taught in the voice of a gifted storyteller, teacher, friend, and compassionate human being.”

    Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness

  • “[A] small, polished gem of a book that seems somehow even more intimate and heartfelt than her previous books…both convincing and inspiring.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Boorstein’s lessons, gleaned from a life of internal reflection and mindful teaching, are delivered with such openness, love, and affection that it feels as if you are sitting with Sylvia in her living room soaking in the wisdom of an enlightened friend.”

    Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of The Mindful Brain

  • “This book will convince you that your own happiness is much more available to you than you may have thought.”

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 2/18/2014

    " This book did not appeal to me as much as other Buddhist texts I have read. While I can't fault Boorstein for urging folks to find contentment in daily life (so important!), many of her examples demonstrated the relatively privileged life she lives. I prefer the texts of Pema Chodren, Thich Nhat Hanh, and some others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Gelula | 2/11/2014

    " A nice sweet Sylvia Boorstein book. Deals with the Brahma Viharas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 2/5/2014

    " The whole truth for those who search for peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 2/3/2014

    " wait - this is the one i read!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ki | 1/23/2014

    " Good book. Readable, and had good memorable stories. Honestly, it deserves another star or two, but I think I've read one too many books on Buddhism to get really excited. Check it out. For the stories, if nothing else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2014

    " I am probably rating this so highly because this is the first time I have ever read a "self-help" book, however, I do think I picked a good one. I just liked the title, and was unsure what the book was about. I really enjoyed it and it has helped me tremendously. I like(d) to dwell on things a little too much, especially things I have no control over, sometimes constantly relieving the past, or imagining the future, anything but living in the present.Sylvia teaches you why and how to avoid this through Buddhist concepts. She is good at explaining things and gives really good examples to illustrate. The book is well written. Sylvia teaches and when reading the book I feel like she is speaking to me. I feel like this book has made a big impact on me already. I will probably read more by her, read similar books or re-read this one. Many of the things she talked about I naturally do. I think you can choose to be happy even when life throws you challenges. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 1/16/2014

    " Great book...very readable! Thought provoking and makes Buddhism approachable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/14/2014

    " If there was a possibility for four and a half stars, I would give this four and a half. This is a marvelous book. The blurbs praise Boorstein's ability to tell stories, but I liked the book for its precise definitions of Buddhist practices and understandings. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 KJB | 1/13/2014

    " No real tips. Just a guide book on Buddhist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micah McCarty | 1/2/2014

    " Another good yet simple foray into the Buddhist mindset. I first heard the author on On Being with Krysta Tippett and fell in love with her deep wisdom on life. This book was full of her stories and practical application of Buddhist teachings. I highly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/30/2013

    " Reading this for my mindfulness meditation class, taught by Nancy Rubel at Mindful Moments in Beachwood. Sylvia Boorstein is my teacher's mentor, so this has personal significance for her and it is one of the best classes I have taken from her (and an excellent book). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Cotton | 12/12/2013

    " Hard to follow, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bert Edens | 12/2/2013

    " Finished reading this book this morning. I found it to be just average. Boorstein's life stories I actually found more interesting than the way she correlated them to the Buddhist precepts. Overall, it wasn't bad, just average. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/5/2013

    " Very helpful. I would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darce | 9/2/2013

    " When I saw this title in my library's new books section, I thought it was another "5 steps to a happy life" self-help book. It's actually a very engaging book that applies Buddhist principles of mindfulness and compassion to daily life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 6/23/2013

    " Sylvia is a funny and charming dharma teacher. Full of good reminders! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 5/19/2013

    " Pithy and very useful teachings. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/14/2012

    " I love Boorstein's books!! Always so uplifting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richenda | 9/28/2011

    " Such a cheesy title. I'm a little embarrassed to be reading this on the bus. But I think the Buddha and Sylvia Boorstein would remind me that embarrassment is ok. And it will pass. It's a good book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 9/26/2011

    " Entry level buddhism - practical application of peace when it's so lacking for me right now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry James | 4/18/2011

    " I enjoyed reading the book, which gave me the feeling of having a wise master speak with me,But,I am still thinking about what she said, and maybe that is the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayleigh | 2/22/2011

    " I love her anecdotes and insights into joy, happiness, and life. I look forward to reading her other works! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ki | 1/23/2011

    " Good book. Readable, and had good memorable stories. Honestly, it deserves another star or two, but I think I've read one too many books on Buddhism to get really excited. Check it out. For the stories, if nothing else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bert | 10/11/2010

    " Finished reading this book this morning. I found it to be just average. Boorstein's life stories I actually found more interesting than the way she correlated them to the Buddhist precepts. Overall, it wasn't bad, just average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/20/2010

    " A nice sweet Sylvia Boorstein book. Deals with the Brahma Viharas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richenda | 10/27/2009

    " Such a cheesy title. I'm a little embarrassed to be reading this on the bus. But I think the Buddha and Sylvia Boorstein would remind me that embarrassment is ok. And it will pass. It's a good book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/5/2009

    " Entry level buddhism - practical application of peace when it's so lacking for me right now... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 3/26/2009

    " Sylvia is a funny and charming dharma teacher. Full of good reminders! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 3/9/2009

    " I love Boorstein's books!! Always so uplifting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayleigh | 3/2/2009

    " I love her anecdotes and insights into joy, happiness, and life. I look forward to reading her other works! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darce | 10/5/2008

    " When I saw this title in my library's new books section, I thought it was another "5 steps to a happy life" self-help book. It's actually a very engaging book that applies Buddhist principles of mindfulness and compassion to daily life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 1/19/2008

    " Pithy and very useful teachings. Highly recommended. "

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About the Author
Author Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, is a cofounding teacher, along with Jack Kornfield, at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She writes a regular column in Shambhala Sun and lectures widely. She is the author of the national bestseller It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness.

About the Narrator

Pam Ward found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. The fact that she can work with Blackstone Audio from the beauty of the mountains of Southern Oregon is an unexpected bonus. Her audiobook narration has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.