Joy is a word that doesn't seem to be used very
often or just in certain circles, but it's a great word that should
really impact each of our lives.
"the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joy).
other day I expereinced this elation that overhauled the bad day I was
having. I've been busy lately quite a bit, hence the lack of post, and
needed to have some fun to get me out of my funk. My wife and I decided
that we would take our newly turned 3 year old daughter to her first
movie. Some of you might be thinking as I often have "this is no place
for a kid that small". I'm glad to report that my daughter did
extremely well watching "RIO 2" because we sat in the very front where
she could move around a little. It was so fun to see how she enjoyed
the movie, but my feeling of pure joy came after the movie during the
credits. As the credits rolled there was music being
played, and my daughter danced gleefully around with pure happiness. I
just watched her little feet, and listed to her sweet voice as she sang
along. My heart swelled with love and happiness in that moment. That
brief moment transformed the rest of my day, and took away the stress
and funk I'd been feeling.
When was the last time you felt pure
joy in your life? I truly believe that it's an emotion that we all need
in much greater quantities. Here a 4 ways (there are probably a ton
more) you can infuse your life with more Joy:
- Spend time with those special people in your life
doing something fun - In these moments great things can occur that
leave you with that feeling of joy that can overhaul the worst of days.
- Take time each day for Yourself to reflect -
Having time to yourself to review your thoughts and your feelings can
provide the balance necessary to maintain a sense of happiness by
reducing stress. Use that time to meditate, read, or listen to
something that inspires you.
- Find a purpose that impact others
- Doing something for others pays dividends to you while creating a
benefit to those on the receiving end. Look for opportunities in your
life to give to others. The feeling of joy you receive will be more
than any effort.
- An attitude of Gratefulness
- when you think about the things you have in your life it can bring a
sense of joy. Even in the toughest moments in life, taking time to be
grateful can transform your feelings and bring a necessary smile to your
I hope you have the chance this week to
feel a sense of joy or "Dance in the Movie". You'll be amazed at how
your perspective will be altered as you look at the world with a smile.
Take care, and have a wonderful day.