Each moment of joy is small, but over time, they add up to more than the sum of their parts. And so maybe instead of chasing after happiness, what we should be doing is embracing joy and finding ways to put ourselves in the path of it more often. Deep within us, we all have this impulse to seek out joy in our surroundings. And we have it for a reason. Joy isn’t some superfluous extra. It’s directly connected to our fundamental instinct for survival. On the most basic level, the drive toward joy is the drive toward life.
Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 14, Jonathan Chase is an advocate, speaker, and mentor to young adults on the Autism Spectrum.
“At its core, autism means someone whose brain is wired differently.
We think differently and make different connections. Some of those connections are harder to understand because you can’t see the internal process.
My hope is that people will go home with, not just a better understanding of how people think differently, but respect for the fact that everyone we meet experiences the world differently than we do.”