Joy, Joy, Joy. 3 letters with a deep meaning. We live our life running towards these 3 letters. Each of our action is dictated by these 3 letters. We make plans to achieve these 3 letters. We make changes to feel these 3 letters. We Love to achieve these 3 letters.
A question, while writing is popping up in my mind…
What is really Joy?
The definitions You can find in the dictionary could be:
So… You are telling me that Joy is inside me?
Well Done! Joy, like any other feelings is inside You and You can create it any time You want.
…mmm… Why then people seems to constantly look for it externally?
Great question! I would say that this happens for 2 main reasons. The first is because tapping into the inner, everlasting Joy requires a bit of self-exploration. And often people tend to avoid digging within themselves. Maybe scared about what they might find. The second is because some people don’t really know how to experience Joy and what they can do to live a Joyous Life.
Ok… Well… talking about Joy within and self-exploration sound to me a lot of Woo-Woo stuff. Is there any practical action I can take to start experiencing this state of Joy?
I understand what You mean… I had the same reaction at first. And Yes! at the end of the day Life is all about taking action! The so called Woo-Woo stuff are the actions that give the person the strengths and the mindset to follow through.
So… What can I do?
I’m going now to share with You 10 Juicy tips that can support You in living the Joyous Life You deserve.
1. Start Your day being grateful for what You have.
As soon as You wake up give thanks for all the people You have in Your life, the food, the water, Your possession… Ask Yourself the question: What is important in my life that I need to be grateful for?
2. Eat an Healthy and Balanced diet.
You are what You eat is not just an ancient proverb. Food is information and has the power to turn on and off genes and releasing hormones. Everything You eat effects You on the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual level.
3. Move Your Body
When moving and during exercise, high levels of serotonin (the happiness hormone) are released, clearing the energetic blockages where negative emotion are stored.
4. Treat Yourself like if You were the most important person on the Earth.
Self Love is a natural Joy booster!! Even if it seems a bit odd, go in front of a mirror and say out loud to Yourself all the nice things You’d like other people share about You. If You don’t have any idea start with: “I Like You”, then gradually moving to the advanced phase: “I Love You”. Do it for just 2 minutes and notice how You feel.
5. Do a random act of kindness.
Give a smile, help a stranger, donate to a charity… Giving to others without expectations makes us feel good.
6. Take time for Yourself.
Assess where You are, envision Your future, plan the action steps that will bring You there. Set aside at least 1h weekly to see where Your action are bringing You and where to adjust Your steering wheel.
Set aside daily at least 30 min for Your personal relaxation. Switch off Your mind reading a novel, listening to some soothing musing, taking a bubble bath, or doing anything else You enjoy doing.
8. Make Love.
Making Love with a person You Love and care about ads spice and meaning to Your Life. It is the most powerful act of giving and receiving. And is fun!!!
9. Change perspective on things.
If an event upsets You, think about the meaning You are giving to that event and choose the one that most serves You. For the steps on how to do it read 6 steps to change perspective.
Celebrate You achievements! Do something wild, crazy, or relaxing that You enjoy as payoff for Your good work!! Life is about enjoying what You do!!
- How would You rate Your state of Joy in a scale from 1 to 10?
- What can You do NOW!! to score 1 point higher?
- What is that You most enjoy doing in life?
- What can You do today to bring more Joy in Your Life?
- What useless habits can You replace with one from the above?
- What can You do today to celebrate Your past success if You haven’t done so?