Think about it.. Do you show up at work happy, arrive home at the end of the day feeling joyous, and greet the grocery store teller with a huge smile? Do you bring the joy to everything you do—to the laundry, relationships, making dinner, and hobbies? When you get up in the morning and your feet hit the floor, do you feel blissful about being alive for another day?
If you don’t feel joyous, no worries. You can create or generate that emotion at will. Like any other emotion, you can choose to feel joy. And you have the ability to generate it.
I know under some circumstances it might seem hard to bring the joy. But it’s important on a day-to-day basis to bring the joy to life. If you don’t, you rely on others to do so. And you hope their joy will be infectious.
Isn’t it better to be the one to bring the joy and spread all that happiness around? Of course, it is.
It’s Important to Feel Joy Daily
Some people are not happy. Many are depressed. And others are serious. Current situations also sap joy if you let them. Sometimes the appropriate response to an event is something other than joy.
But a smile and a joyous frame of mind improve even the worst situation.
You don’t have to stay unhappy. You can decide to feel joyous and generate joy—no matter what.
Joy is a Practice
My mother used to tell me I was a sad child. I don’t know whether that was because my dad died when I was seven. I do know I have a tendency to be serious and not express happiness often.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried hard to be joyous more of the time. I only listen to upbeat music that raises my energy and makes me feel good. I work with affirmations the remind me that I can control my mood and energy. And I try to put a smile on my face and generate and express joy whenever possible. I try to be playful.
I’m not saying doing so is easy. It’s a practice.
You can practice joy, too, and get good at it.
Four Ways to Bring the Joy
If you’re not feeling joy, how can you create it? Imagine yourself like a power plant. Allow your mind and body to generate joy—to create it just like the power plant generates energy.
How do you become a joy-producing machine? Here are four ways:
- Meditate and visualize. Encourage yourself to let go of the thoughts that make you unhappy. Focus your mind instead on things that make you happy and joyous.
- Create a joy trigger. Whenever you feel your emotions trending downward or toward the negative, use a reminder of some sort to jolt you into a more positive one. You can say to yourself Get over it! or Bring the joy! Or poke yourself in the ribs and think Time to bring the joy!
- Use visual cues. A sticky note reminder on your computer or on your bathroom mirror can help you remember to express joy. Each time you sit down at your desk you’ll see the cue to Bring the joy!
- Move! When you feel less than joyous, move your body…or move out of the situation or physical location in which you find yourself. When you exercise—even if it’s just going for a 10-minute walk—you energize your body. The activity not only oxygenates your body and gets your blood flowing, which helps you feel better, but the movement also produces hormones that make you feel happy. And situations that make it difficult to feel happy don’t help, so choose to move out of them. Then trigger some joy!
Joy Attracts Good
This week try expressing more joy. Bring joy to any and all situations, and watch your life and relationships change. Expressing this positive emotion will help you create inspired results beyond your wildest imagination.
You emotions emit an energy. All energy works like a magnet. Your positive, happy energy will attract good things into your life—and more reasons to feel joyous.
Choose joy over negative emotions. Feeling sad, fearful, negative, or serious won’t change anything for the better, but joy will.
Choose joy. Generate it. Then share it. Watch your world transform.
Do you bring the joy?
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