Muditā means joy, or the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.


While listening to ‘The Book of Joy’ on my drive home from yoga this evening, I was hit as the Dalai Lama spoke of ‘mudita.’ One example given, was when there is someone who has the success that you wish for, instead of allowing jealousy to consume you, you’re joyful for their success and hope they are happy.


I found this rather powerful. The reminder that someone else’s success doesn’t mean you won’t be successful. There is room for more than one, so find joy in their happiness, in their success, and wish them more.


How can you be more joyful for the success of those around you?

23 thoughts on “Muditā”

  1. I find some times in life this is not always easy to do, but it is something I always strive for. Jealousy can be like a cancer on our spirit, undoing so much of the peace and joy we find in life. Celebrate that there is always room for more at the top! <3

    1. I don’t know that it’s ever easy, but yes, it is always something to strive for. I found myself fighting to stay in this mindset just today actually.

  2. Oh, wow… What a beautiful message <3 I love this so much. And it's so true–there is room for more than one person to experience joy and happiness and success and we need to be more supportive, encouraging, and loving to each other and not let jealousy consume our thoughts. Thanks for sharing–will have to add this book to my list!

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