What would life be like if we could get beyond the everyday worries, troubles, and stress that keep us from enjoying the joy in every moment? The Joy Compass is the little book that leads readers toward this possibility with tips and strategies for overriding the brain's natural negativity bias so that they can reset their moods, release their laughter, and fully appreciate happy moments.
Readers learn to recognize their negative moods as early as possible and override them to refocus their attention toward the people, events, and thoughts that bring them joy. The eight unique mindfulness strategies in this book help readers position their joy compass toward the present moment and develop the capacity to always have joy within arm's reach, no matter the situation. The strategies include laughing, expressing gratitude, forgiving others, self-soothing with music, and spending silent time in contemplation or prayer.
Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a practicing psychotherapist, vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME.org), and adjunct professor at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. The author of The Mindfulness Code, One-Minute Mindfulness and other books, he leads workshops around the country on mindful living and mindful eating. He lives in Portland, OR.