chapter  6
Making friends for life
Session six: growing happiness
ByErik van den Brink, Frits Koster, Victoria Norton
Pages 19

In this chapter, we will offer further practices to strengthen our sense of common humanity. Although we tend to focus on how other people are different from us, we actually have much more in common than differences. We all wish for happiness and freedom from suffering. We will be spending more time on the qualities of the heart, and how they can extend to all people and sentient beings. Of course, in compassion training we give a lot of space to suffering and how to alleviate it. But it is equally important to savour the joyful moments in life and not just to focus on our burdens.