• 9 Ways To Bring Joy To Our Lives


      We are all usually our own worst critics. That is not all bad. It brings about self-awareness, progress and personal improvement. However, at the end of the day, you need to be able to look in the mirror, and smile at the guy looking back at you. How do we bring joy into the forefront of our lives? How can we shake off the stress and strain everyday can bring and discover true happiness? Here are a few ideas to get you started on the path to robust joy:

    1. Simplify

      We all have that closet at home. The one that you can barely get the door shut because it’s so over-stuffed. You can’t possibly fit one more shirt on the rack. We clean that closet out and donate the clothes to charity, right? The streamlined result brings about big smiles. Your life is the same way. Over time we become maxed out in capacity. This leaves us stressed and unable to be productive. Streamline your life on occasion the same as you would that closet. Drop the things you are holding on to that are no longer necessary or fit who you are. Time is limited and so are you. Simplify your priorities to a level where you shine to the brightest of your abilities.

    2. New Perspective

      Life is filled with blessings. The sound of your children laughing. The deep feeling of satisfaction that comes with hard work. At times we tend to only see the negative things around us. Gain a new perspective and really start picking out all the good things we have in our lives. Cultivate thankfulness.

    3. Get Outside

      The smell of newly cut grass on a summer morning. The exploding blends of color all about as spring arrives. Fresh fallen snow creating a storybook landscape. The rich sights and crisp feelings of Autumn. During any season no matter where you are, nature always leaves an open door. Asking you to enter and experience her wonders. Go hiking, ride a bike, or simply go for a walk . Get outside and fill your spirit and lungs.

    4. Come Down To Your Child’s Level

      One thing children are very good at is finding ways to have fun. They can take a simple cardboard box and turn it into Disney World. You still have that same ability inside you. It just got stuffed way down inside after too many meetings and mortgage payments.  Get in there and mix it up with your kids. Make funny noises. Laugh at ridiculous things. Smile so big your cheeks hurt.

    5. Passion

      Passion equals joy. Always. We are not all fortunate enough to make a living doing a job we feel deep passion for. That’s ok. Find your passion elsewhere. Anything that will make you come alive and stirs your mind into full activation. Joy will always follow.  Skip paying the bills on a Saturday morning and instead do something simple and fun.

    6. Lighten The Load

      Worries can be awfully heavy. This new century certainly has no shortage of them. Without warning, they can begin to drag you down as they accumulate. Yes it is important to be aware of the world around you. To know the issues that are bigger than ourselves. It is equally important to balance that awareness with reality. You are not Superman and you do not own a cape. Do what you can do and let it go. As Mom used to say, “Look on the bright side of things.” Optimism is essential to happiness.

    7. With A Little Help From Your Friends

      We are social creatures. It might seem impossible in this day and age, but some people can feel isolated and alone. There is no need to feel that way. Social opportunities are everywhere. The explosion of online networking sites provide a great way to connect with friends old and new. To express who you are as a person.  Make time for your family and friends on a regular basis. Life is meant to be shared.

    8. When The Rain Falls

      The world is not out to get you. It only seems that way sometimes. The car broke down on the interstate. You did not get the pay raise you need. Your teenager just told you he hates you. Life happens. In order for a beautiful flower to reach full glory, it must endure a good amount of rain. When rain falls in your life, realize that it is designed to help you grow. Use those moments to strengthen your character. See them as the challenge they truly are. Soon the rainbow will appear as the sun breaks free from the clouds.

    9. Rise Up

      You were at work for ten hours. Drove home in horrible traffic for another hour. All you want to do is crumble in a heap on the couch. That is ok from time to time. Watch a great movie and order take out. Very therapeutic as long as it doesn’t become habit. The couch potato is rarely a happy soul. Go throw the football outside with your son. Take your daughter to the park. Work out. Take a walk. Get the blood flowing and the pearly whites shining.

Last Modified on October 19, 2010