At the heart of altruism lies the perception of a shared humanity.

When we give ourselves the loving-kindness we need, we get the sense that there is plenty to go around, and that we have more to give.

We purify the mind of craving by practicing generosity.

Joy is the reward of seeking to give joy to others.

When we have a generous spirit, we are easy to be with and fun to be with. We radiate happiness, and our very company can bring joy to others.

Give the world your love, your service, your healing, but you can also give it your joy. This, too, is a great gift.

We people who care must be filled with joy, so that others recognize that caring, helping and being generous are not burdens – they are joys.

Compassion and generosity are not just lofty virtues. They are the centre of our humanity. They make our lives joyful and meaningful.

We converged on eight pillars of joy. Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.

The practice is experience based, somatically based, present moment based. It is generous, wise, and open to possibilities, to not knowing.