Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within

Joy on Demand The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within A long awaited follow up to the New York Times bestselling Search Inside Yourself shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity

  • Title: Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
  • Author: Chade-Meng Tan
  • ISBN: 9780062378859
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A long awaited follow up to the New York Times bestselling Search Inside Yourself shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity, innovation, confidence, and ultimately success in every arena.In Joy on Demand, Meng shows that you don t need to meditate for hours, days, months or years to achieve lastinA long awaited follow up to the New York Times bestselling Search Inside Yourself shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity, innovation, confidence, and ultimately success in every arena.In Joy on Demand, Meng shows that you don t need to meditate for hours, days, months or years to achieve lasting joy you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as 15 seconds Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle, and once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life For many years, meditation has been taught and practiced in cultures where almost all meditators practice full time for years, resulting in training programs optimized for practitioners with lots of free time and not much else to do but develop profound mastery over the mind Seeing a disconnect between the traditional practice and the modern world, bestselling author and Google s Jolly Good Fellow Chade Meng Tan has developed a program, through wise laziness, to help readers meditate efficiently and effectively Meng shares the three pillars of joy inner peace, insight, and happiness , why joy is the secret is to success, and demonstrates the practical tools anyone can use to cultivate it on demand.

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    1. Books like this are really hard for me to read. If I would've been reading the physical copy, I can all but guarantee I wouldn't have finished it. I think I get into this 'betterment of Allie' attitude, buy/download a book, and then after a few chapters I start talking myself out of it. Fortunately, I listened to parts of this with my 10 year old son, and he wanted to hear more. Good thing! It's obvious that the author has a completely different mind path than I do, which is good and bad. I real [...]

    2. I enjoyed Tan's earlier book, Search Inside Yourself, and so was excited to hear that he had released a new book. To me, Joy on Demand is even better. Maybe it's because as a novice at mediation, Joy on Demand is a wonderful guide on how to access joy from within by training to ease (claiming the mind), incline (learning to be mindful of joy in yourself, your life and the world) and uplift (cultivating loving kindness, compassion and altruistic joy) the mind. Applying these skills can also teach [...]

    3. Another great book on how to calm your mind and bring in compassion through meditation. Lot of good ideas on how to practice "letting go"

    4. A how to book on how to access joy from within by training the mind. There are three steps to achieve this: 1. Ease into joy [you must learn to rest the mind. Being joyful at rest; innerjoy]. 2. Inclining the mind toward joy [notice joy in everyday life. The mind will get to know joy]. 3. Uplifting the mind [wholesome joy benefits mental health].Joy is independent of circumstances. Happiness is an optimal state of being. Joy is a building block of happiness. The author talked about his Asian upb [...]

    5. I've been redoubling my efforts to manage my anxiety through more natural means as the amount of anti-anxiety meds I was on had me feeling a bit flat and drugged-out. One of the methods I employ for anxiety control is meditation, but I sometimes have trouble finding resources that aren't a bit out there and New Age-y for my taste, or tied to a particular religious tradition. This book was lovely, because although Chade-Meng Tan came to meditation through Buddhism, he takes a very accessible, hum [...]

    6. Cool concept that I'd like to learn, but the author spent too much of the book trying to convince us that joy on demand is possible and giving examples of people that have achieved it, and not enough on how to actually do it!

    7. To truly be finished with the book, I would have had to integrate his learning into my life and I have failed at that so far. However, this is a great introduction into meditation- very encouraging, interesting, personal and fun.

    8. I read this book with a biased mindset: thinking I wouldn't get much out of it since I already knew enough about meditation, and I didn't like how the title sounded. But I was still curious to see how the author approached it. It turned out I enjoyed reading it a lot. Somehow he's able to take something that can be very abstract and use plain language to explain it, with humour to drive home his points. I really appreciated the additional layer of storytelling, research and anecdotes to what I a [...]

    9. The most impactful book I've read in a long time. A way to start meditating with mindful breaths and attending to joy. I plan on starting it again very soon.

    10. I don't know if I had a bit of a virus or if this book was just full of highly successful relaxing visualizations and meditations because I fell asleep several times over the course of reading this book. That said, I got a lot out of it and I totally understood the Dalai Lama's last tweet on Twitter. Hi five Lama.

    11. Amazing book as always. Good follow up to the previous one. Slight repetitive but a good refresher none the elss.

    12. I appreciated the humour and concrete mindfulness techniques. I would recommend this to people who are interested in mindfulness and cultivating more joy in both their lives and the world.

    13. I stumbled on this book through the Shelf Awareness newsletter, and from the write up it looked like something that would interest me and I was not disappointed. This is a great book, part guide, part memoir of Meng's journey and part high-level review of both the origins and the scientific evidence around the practice. Meng's journey is an interesting one, and he is now in the happy position where he counts some of the world's foremost practitioners as friends and teachers.However, he delivers [...]

    14. 2rd book by Meng, one of my fav author about meditation. Meng is one of those early Google engineers and NYT bestselling author. He has an interesting way of putting an abstract subject like mediation, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and compassion, and turn them into a practical and measurable practices, and also in a funny way! This book is a step by step on cultivating joy and meditation!

    15. This is probably a better book than it could have been for me. My issue is that Tan is an engineer, and I am the polar opposite of an engineer. Therefore his writing style and voice didn't sync with me as much as it might with other people. Generally a good book on meditation, mindfulness, and joy. I did take some little gems away from the reading.

    16. Loved this delightful read on meditation and why we should do it. I laughed out loud and paused more than a few times to reflect and reread passages. What a refreshing perspective on the powerfully transformative practices of mindfulness, loving kindness and compassion.

    17. JOY! This book was a gamechanger. I read it in the months leading up to my wedding, a very stressful time in life, but this book constantly reminded me to rise above the stresses and not only find those moments of joy in every day life, but really truly appreciate. One of the best examples from the book, is to notice when you are NOT sick, or NOT feeling body aches. We often focus on the negative, but there's so much joy in daily life that we typically pass up just because we allow it to pass by [...]

    18. I've now read two books that give an overview and introduction to meditation, and this one is probably the one I'd give to a more skeptical friend. It focuses on strategies for getting immediate results and cites science research, while setting realistic expectations for the commitment it takes to experience life changing progress. I found the author's self-deprecating stories of personal experiences learning to meditate reassuring. Still, I found it less appealing than Making Your Mind an Ally [...]

    19. This is a good introduction to meditation with several varied approaches to building your own personal practice. Tan definitely hits you over the head with all the benefits of meditation. If you're already sold on trying meditation and are just looking for a beginner's guide, then all the antidotes, research findings, and parables may be a bit much. Overall, I think most beginner meditators can take a least a few useful ideas from this book.I find books like this more enjoyable and easier to pro [...]

    20. I thought this was a good book for anyone looking to begin a meditation practice (like me). The author covers the basics, and makes a convincing argument for meditation being a direct route to joy (though I'm not sure about his assertion that meditation is better than sex. The jury's still out on that one). I particularly liked his point about finding "thin slices of joy" in one's day, moments we would otherwise take for granted that in fact bring us joy if attended to. I was not fond, however, [...]

    21. Takeaways: - Practice calming the mind; this is the first step. Do so in a number of ways such as paying attention to the breath (anchoring) and thinking to yourself that you have nowhere to go and nothing to do (being).- Practice noticing joy. Consciously note when you experience something that brings joy, such as getting into a warm shower or taking the first bite of a meal. Some other sources include thinking about how you want someone else to do well without doing anything.- Treat yourself a [...]

    22. If you are finding your way to Joy, this is definitely the book you must pick up! The author Chade-Meng Tan was a successful, yet miserable software engineer at Google found his way for happiness through mindfulness training. This book does not describes only the instructions for mindful meditation, but contains a lot of thoughtful analyses and experiences of Meng. He delivered a lot of ways and reasons for continuous mindfulness practice with effort and diligence. I enjoyed reading it very much [...]

    23. This was the most accessible book I've read about meditation (and the first I've actually finished). He was funny and entertaining. He gave practical tips and techniques for a variety of interest and ability levels. I like that I can utilize some of the tools without taking any extra time out of life (in the car/shower, etc.) but that he also gives instructions to meditate for as little as five minutes. He makes compelling arguments and attainable steps for finding joy in small, simple ways. I l [...]

    24. The audiobook version is narrated by a very joyful and cheery guy, which helps the ideas come alive better. This book is about meditation, and how to train your mind to be more patient, loving and joyful, which happens to be something I'm working on this year. Meditation is one of those things that sounds good but few of us get very deep into before we get distracted or frustrated. The author gives some concrete advice and some big concepts, and I feel happier already.

    25. A book about letting go, one breath at a time. I liked that he book made clear that meditation doesn’t have to be a major event and the practical strategies for finding joy on demand, but the book was a bit too focused on convincing me that meditation is good. The facts and figures should not be surprising from an engineer, I guess. I was also a bit surprised by the self congratulatory tone at times.

    26. This is similar in a lot of ways to 10% Happier, by Dan Harris. I'd recommend Harris' book first, maybe because I read that one before this, though there is a lot to take away from this one, too.I "read" this as an audiobook, and the narrator (not the author) would take on a fake Asian accent whenever the author jokingly quoted Buddha. In print, I can see this being funny, but the way this narrator did it was just uncomfortable.

    27. This book has very useful hints to start a meditation practice and use this practice to calm the mind. From a calm mind, you can your resiliency to the trials of life and become more compassionate, loving, and joyful. I most liked the very simple exercises in this book to get started, e.g use a one breath meditation throughout the day.

    28. This is the first meditation book I've found that discusses (beyond vague generalities) what you might expect as you strive to deepen your meditation practice. I've only got ~2 years in (as opposed to Meng's 20+), but like his first book, I feel like this will help me along the way.Unfortunately, I've not discovered joy as of yet. By accident or on demand. Still hoping.

    29. There were some good elements to this and I agree with the fundamental premise but there felt like a lot of repetition. I listened to the audio book and the bouncy tone of the narrator was a little irritating.

    30. basic introduction to meditation, if you already sold on mindfulness and meditation, this book adds nothing new. I also felt it was almost too upbeat even for a meditation book and a few areas overselling the benefit of it.

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