I strongly believe that creating joy in our lives is a key component to living our best life. Joy generates a feeling of happiness and pleasure within us and when we deprive ourselves of this feeling we are not able to operate from an optimal state.
I’m curious what happens to your plants when you forget to water them? I know when I don’t give the plant in my office the nourishment it needs it wilts and appears very droopy. That’s exactly how I feel when I am not experiencing ample joy in my life! How about you?
Well let’s take a few minutes to see if we can shift that! Sometimes we allow our schedule to become over crowded with to-do lists and we lose sight of our priorities. Many of my clients reach the point where they struggle to recall the feeling of pleasure with in themselves. This is a very personal sensation and can be different for everyone.
Take a minute, close your eyes and try to recall the last time you felt joy, perhaps you had a smile on your face and a spring in your step. What were you doing?
Drawing a blank…here are a few examples of what ignites joy for a few of my clients in hopes to activate your thoughts:
Walking their dog
Soaking in a bubble bath
Running, biking, hiking
Using luxurious lotion that smells incredible on their skin
Family dinner and conversation
Now that you have found what provides you joy, imagine how your life would be different if you could experience that feeling more frequently. What would happen if you made a decision and moved this to the top of your priority list?
Take a moment to reflect. Be aware of what comes up for you, “I don’t have time” may be a biggie. Test your idea out by intentionally adding it into your schedule and participating full out while you are doing it. After a few days, you may feel like you have more time than you did before!
I remember when I made a decision to add more joy and humor into my daily life. It felt very daunting to navigate the “where will I possible find the time” and this decision meant I was putting my well being first! Yikes, that too felt a bit scary yet I did it anyway!
I love my new life. I experience joy, love and laughter everyday. I have more energy and time to soak in the sun as it rises in the sky! I desire this for each of you!
You have the opportunity to choose your priorities and how you spend your time. This is your life. It doesn’t belong to anyone but you and you get to be completely in charge! What will you do today to bring more joy into your life?