In 2008, Lori Deschene started posting a quote a day on Twitter, focusing on Buddhist ideas of mindfulness, non-attachment and happiness. Her daily wisdom tweets @tinybuddha quickly generated a large following, growing from 20,000 in the beginning of 2009 to over 148,000 today.
Deschene became fascinated with the questions that connect us and the wisdom—conventional or otherwise—that guides the decisions we make each day. She decided to ask her followers some of life's hardest questions: Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How can we feel happy and be happy?
The answers to these and other questions are gathered together in TINY BUDDHA. Deschene offers a variety of perspectives from her Twitter followers on the difficult questions that influence how we live our everyday lives: about meaning, pain, happiness, fate and more. Deschene explores these issues with her followers and offers stories from her personal experiences that inform each chapter. The result is a guide that helps readers discover the endless possibilities for a life lived mindfully in the present connected to others. This is a book for those who are struggling, those who need a daily pick-me-up, anyone interested in self-help or spirituality.
“How can we find happiness and peace—right now, right here? In her engaging, thought-provoking book Tiny Buddha, Lori Deschene explores this enormous question to help readers grapple with challenges like money, love, pain, control, and meaning, in order to find greater happiness.”
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project