What is Joy? To me Joy is a feeling of great pleasure or delight. It’s a peaceful feeling. My heart sings when I am in joy. It is something we all desire. But it can be elusive at times, especially in hard times. I have learned that I don’t have to wait for joy, I can go out and find joy. Better yet, I can go out and create joy. Creating joy, brings joy. Wow, two birds with one joy stone! Here are a few tips to help you cultivate joy:
See the joy in everyday things. In other words, always look for what’s right in things. And if you catch yourself seeing what’s wrong with something, decide to make a positive shift and look for something good about this thing.
Remember what lit you up when you were a child and do it again now. This will carry your spirit to times of joy!
Get silly with your friends and/or family. Laugh until your face hurts! No judgement!
Make some popcorn and watch some funny videos or movies OR create live comedy shows for each other!
Do something nice/kind for someone. Hey, two birds with one joy stone opportunity! It will bring joy to both you (bird 1) and the other person (bird 2).
Do something nice/kind/loving for Yourself! Give yourself a day off (or even an hour), take a soothing bath, take a nap in your hammock, make yourself a cup of your favorite warm beverage, go for a walk in nature, etc.….
Read a funny story (alone or to someone else - two birds, one joy stone again!).
Make a scrumptious meal for your family (if that is your thing).
Put a Teddy Bear in your window for the children to spot! That’s a thing right now – do it!
Put on your favorite dance music and have a Dance Party!
Smile. It’s amazing how this simple facial gesture can raise joy. 😊
Plant a seed and watch it grow!
Well, this list can go on forever. If you want to comment below on your Joy Cultivation ideas I would love to hear them.