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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 War Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Vicki | 2/3/2014

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

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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.