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Written by the Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu, we can't believe this book exists...

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Written by the Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu, we can't believe this book exists...
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// You're Invited

Hi friend,

Did you know that reading books can lengthen your life by two years? A study published in Social Science & Medicine shows reading a book for just 30 minutes a day gives you a serious survival advantage and boosts cognitive engagement. ⚡️

Many of us have started 2021 with the intention to read more, but can't find the right book to inspire us or the time to crack it open. So to hold each other accountable and feed our brains together, you're invited to join our first Book Club of the year — open to all.

Reading by yourself is good. But reading to discuss and invite new perspectives, new friends and new ideas is even more potent. In between dancing and moving our bodies with reckless abandon, we like to get nerdy and learn from the best how to really suck the marrow out of this magical life... And this first book is special. Details below!

// The Book of Joy

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Book of Joy
CONFESSION: when we saw this book cover, we did a double take. The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, two of the worlds greatest thought leaders, discussing the power of cultivating joy and creating lasting happiness in one place? It was like the universe affirming all the work we've been doing to bring science-backed joy practices to the world right now.
BOOK SPOILER: "Sadly, many of the things that undermine our joy and happiness we create ourselves. Often it comes from negative tendencies of the mind, emotional reactivity, or from our inability to appreciate and utilize the resources that exist within us. The suffering from natural disaster we cannot control, but the suffering from our daily disasters we can. We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitudes, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people. When it comes to personal happiness, there is a lot that we as individuals can do." Goosebumps. 🙏

TO JOIN: Grab a copy of the book here — this is our new Bookshop where we'll be sharing all books for the year. Buying from Bookshop supports local, independent bookstores and keeps their doors open.

There are two ways to participate, starting Monday 1/18:

1) Each week for 4 weeks, we'll be sharing journaling prompts, discussion questions and check-ins on our @dybrkr Instagram through our stories, the "Book Club" highlight and our feed. This is open to everyone!

2) As a DOSE Member, you can join in-depth discussions in our Zoom Discussion Circles and meet your fellow DOSE community members in breakout rooms. This will be a special one, and our first deep dive together will be on 1/27. You'll also get a dedicated email with journaling prompts and ways to apply the learnings to your life. If you're not a member yet, you can get 14 days free here. 📚

Either way, please sign up for a ticket on the page here. We want to know how many from our community are committed to being part of our book club, so even if you're not a DOSE member (yet! 😉), this ticket is a self-accountability check—you confirming your attendance to be part of this bookclub on Instagram and join our community of readers.

// Your Brain on Reading

Good Habits
  • We know that reading is exercise for the mind. But researchers also say that books can "promote empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence."
  • Need to relax? A study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It's better and faster at offsetting cortisol than listening to music or drinking hot tea. 🍵
  • Reading also rewires your brain for the better. Researchers at Emory University's Center for Neuropolicy have found that heightened activity continues for days following reading in the brain area associated with language reception. 🧠
  • Want communicate better? Research from scientists at Carnegie Mellon University shows the active, reading brain creates more white matter which improves communication within your noggin.

AKA — let's get to it. Don't forget to grab your copy of The Book of Joy and follow us on IG to participate in the Book Club. We can't wait to dive in together. 

See you in the waves...

With love & mischief,
// Your Daybreaker Family

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