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Everyday Dharma: 8 Essential Practices for Finding Success and Joy in Everything You Do (Hardcover)
Find your Dharma—your inner calling—and learn to integrate ambition, work, and wellbeing to create a balanced, joyous life with this practical, life-changing guide from the beloved speaker, bestselling author, and visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School.
We’ve been conditioned, from an early age, to believe that one day we’ll reach a moment of “arrival.” But no matter how much we achieve or acquire we still don’t feel as satisfied or as fulfilled as we thought we would be. Exhausted, we become burned out and cynical, questioning the purpose of it all.
An expert on happiness and work, Suneel Gupta argues that for too long society has been fixated on the Future of Work and ignored the Future of Worth. We’ve compartmentalized work and well-being and ignored the fact that both are essential for sustained success. We’ve assumed that outer success leads to inner well-being–despite history showing us that this has never been the case.
In Everyday Dharma, Suneel helps us break this negative cycle. A captivating storyteller, he weaves personal stories, history, science, Eastern philosophy, and Western modalities in this engaging, enlightening, and prescriptive book. He begins by helping us identify our dharma, the essence of who we are. When you’re in your Dharma, you feel confident, creative, and caring, with a sense of purpose, and that shines through your life and work.
Everyday Dharma provides an accessible three-step approach to discovering, understanding, and living your “sacred calling.” At its center are self-assessments to help you identify your passions and powerful rituals for building new habits—ancient practices supported by science and found in diverse cultural sources, including Toni Morrison’s novels, Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics, and Frida Kahlo’s paintings, and used by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi.
Finding your dharma empowers you to let go of anxiety, follow your wildest ambitions, produce your life’s work, and experience true joy.
About the Author
Suneel Gupta lost his Dharma and then found it again. He is the founding CEO of RISE and co-founder of the Gross National Happiness Center in the United States. As an author, a visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School, and host of a hit documentary series, Suneel studies the most extraordinary people on the planet to discover and share simple, actionable habits to lift our performance and deepen our daily sense of purpose. His work has been featured by major outlets including CNBC, TED, and the New York Times.
"Readers will appreciate Gupta’s motivational approach and implemental advice, including tips to “turn distractions into inspiration” and take gratitude breaks. Those seeking purpose amid the rigors of the everyday will find inspiration aplenty."
— Publishers Weekly
"This book is the reset button we all need right now. If you’re feeling stuck or uninspired, Everyday Dharma is the key to finding your spark again. I wholeheartedly recommend it." — Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn
"Everyday Dharma helps you find your purpose, unleash your passion, and express it in a way that not only feeds your soul, but also helps you show up in the world as the best possible version of yourself." — Alison Levine NYT bestselling author of On The Edge Faculty, Thayer Leadership at West Point
"In Everyday Dharma, Suneel Gupta has given us a wise, fresh, inspiring guide to living our right lives. Gupta blends his experience as a successful American entrepreneur with the wisdom of his Indian ancestry, offering pragmatic advice through compelling stories. If you want to achieve your dreams, overcome setbacks, and reach your heart's desires, Everyday Dharma needs to be on your reading list." — Martha Beck, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self
"In a world where so many of us feel lost, Suneel Gupta is the guide we need. Drawing on Eastern wisdom and contemporary science, he delivers practical strategies for aligning our inner calling with our daily actions. EVERYDAY DHARMA is a quietly powerful book, an essential read for the modern moment.”
— Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive and The Power of Regret
"Suneel Gupta shares how to chisel away the everyday layers that prevent us from clarity and joy. Written with compassion and wit, you will find yourself within its pages, and by the book's end, it's very possible that you will have uncovered just what most lights the fire within you.”
— Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Lovingkindness and Real Life
“Suneel Gupta has artfully woven ancient wisdom with modern living. As the son of an Indian immigrant, I was mesmerized by the unity he constructed between the domains of my own world. A masterful storyteller, Suneel has created a gripping page-turner that will leave you wanting more." — Andy Dunn, co-founder of Bonobos and bestselling author of Burn Rate