What do you do when you face disappointments? Where can you go when you feel as though your joy has been robbed from you?
Maybe now more than ever, joy is something a lot of us feel the need to reclaim. After unprecedented years of lockdowns and health mandates, it can feel as though all joy has left the room.
But let us encourage you today: you are a joy-bearer! You were created to create. And with that, you have the choice to choose what you produce. So produce JOY!
Joy may be one of the most important ingredients life can produce. Much like gratitude, it reminds us of how beautiful a single moment can truly be.
Imagine what could happen in your life when you start gaining the momentum of what joy can do in your life. We have a feeling that for us, it is time to reclaim our inner joy!
Q: What’s something that has brought you joy this past week?
Spending time in vulnerable and real conversations with friends or community has been shown to greatly improve our happiness and add up to a potential 15 years to our life!
Daily Practices to Grow Joy:
Fill Your Cup: Do something everyday* that fuels your creativity, joy, and passion. A little everyday goes a long way.
Connect: Encourage those around you. Genuinely affirm the things that you see in their life that is producing fruit and experience a by-product of reduced stress and a greater sense of reward.
Capture The Moments: Take a photo. Take a video. Record a voice-memo and start logging micro-moments of joy.
Practice Gratitude: Gratefulness when we're down is challenging but changes our perspective and research has shown* gratitude increases our joy and happiness.
Human Creative Coaching, A Life Coaching Practice and Mental Health Movement
*Amabile, T. M. (1997). Motivating creativity in organizations: On doing what you love and loving what you do. California management review, 40(1), 39-58.
*Watkins, P. C., Woodward, K., Stone, T., & Kolts, R. L. (2003). Gratitude and happiness: Development of a measure of gratitude, and relationships with subjective well-being. Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal, 31(5), 431-451.
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