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Yoga in Haiti, and Joy That Lasts
Read the whole article for a thoughtful analysis of eco-tourism, and for the story of how Nobile connected with a Haitian orphan. But also, what I really love here is how tucked in the middle of the article is this: "Joy is different than pleasure. Pleasure can be experienced through hedonism and unbridled consumption and is centered on personal satisfaction in the moment. Joy is more complicated, in that it is experienced in moments that are not the least bit pleasurable. (Natural childbirth springs to mind.) Joy is perhaps the most thrilling emotion we experience because it is linked to a sense of personal satisfaction of living a meaningful life."
A humanitarian-focused trip like this one offers people an experience that combines the pleasures of yoga and travel with the deeper, longer-lasting experience of joy that comes from connecting with others, helping the less fortunate. But all of us, even if any kind of travel is beyond the realm of possibility, can take something from this. In every day, we can strive to deepen our pleasure into the more complicated, more satisfying joy -- by looking outside of ourselves.
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