Joy on demand
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Joy on demand

The perfect training for discovering happiness within

Joy on Demand is an invitation to cultivate happiness. Being happy benefits us and the rest of the world, which is full of suffering. Meditation is the way to access a happy life. In fact, meditation is valuable for helping us deal with many aspects of our life. From controlling stress, to learning to concentrate better, to the development of our creativity. Learning to meditate is an excellent way to help ourselves deal with the challenges of everyday life. In addition, meditating means being able to bring out the joy that lies deep within us, and allow it to flourish, so that we can live in peace, in spite of our troubles. It is absolutely possible to bring more joy into our lives, regardless of our circumstances. With practice, we can learn to access our joy, resulting in a better world for everyone. 

Joy on demand
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Listen in 18 min.

Happiness is highly trainable. This is the basis for the Search Inside Yourself course

Born in Singapore in 1970, Chade-Meng Tan grew up with a passion for programming and personal computers. After becoming an engineer and achieving acclaim in the IT field by winning numerous awards, he joined Google. When he started working there, he was only 29 and Google was still a small startup.

He was also popular at work, because of his happy nature. They used to call him "the Jolly Good Fellow”.

Tan’s luck began at Google. He began to meditate at an early age, and had long experienced its benefits. At the age of 21, he felt miserable, with no real future prospects. Then, he found what he was looking for in meditation. He understood that happiness is trainable, and that once you find it, you can access it on command.

So he proposed the first Mindfulness course for emotional intelligence at Google. The course was aptly named Search Inside Yourself, which was perfect for the company whose aim was to position itself as a search engine.

The course was an immediate success. The personnel department suggested he change offices and lead his personal growth course for employees while pursuing his role as an engineer. Tan jumped at the chance and saw this whole new path of self-exploration as an excellent opportunity.


The key ideas of "Joy on demand"

Happiness is highly trainable. This is the basis for the Search Inside Yourself course
Mind-training can change your life if it is done consistently
We are joy and the key is to unlock that joy within us
The importance of the breath to feel one’s own energy
Examples of meditation practice to prepare for joy
Suffering affects us all but meditation can help
Take-home message
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